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Space for Healing

University of Missouri Health Care System Patient Care Tower
Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Columbia, Missouri, USA

The oldest cancer center west of the Mississippi has found a new home in the eight-story expansion of the University of Missouri’s hospital.

HOK designed a hospital expansion for the University of Missouri Health Care System to include the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The tower is adjacent to University Hospital at the University of Missouri’s main campus in Columbia.

The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s proximity to other hospital functions complements its rich tradition. The two-floor, 100,000-sq.-ft. cancer center includes two linear accelerators, space for two magnetic resonance imaging rooms, a PET-CT scanner, a CT scanner and 66 clinical examination rooms. The center developed Lean operational processes to make the new building as efficient as possible.

The tower’s 90 private rooms feature “smart room” technology, enabling wireless integration between medical devices and the hospital’s electronic medical records. A 7,000-sq.-ft. inpatient pharmacy uses robotics to automatically dispense medication.

In addition to the six new operating rooms, the tower is designed to accommodate six more in the future.

HOK also designed a healing garden at the intersection of the existing hospital and new patient care tower.




299,000 sq. ft. / 27,800 sq. m.


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Master Planning
Structural Engineering


Merit Award, American Society of Landscape Architects


Energy cost savings


Reduced water consumption


Materials manufactured locally


Construction waste generated during demolition and construction was recycled



November/December 2013
“Healing Gardens”
Medical Construction & Design

15 April 2013
“University of Missouri Health Care Opens Eight-Story Expansion Project”
Medical Construction & Design

9 April 2013
“University of Missouri Health Care Opens New Patient Care Tower”
Healthcare Design Magazine