While our cancer and blood center has helped thousands of children over the years, the Lisa Dean Moseley Institute will allow us to fully unlock our potential and address emerging needs.
With both inpatient and outpatient units, the institute features a tailored space that brings all care and research under the same roof. It’s one of the most significant programmatic and capital expansions in our health system’s history. Rather than the space shaping the care, the space is designed around the care.
The new facility will foster research advances, innovation and collaboration. By centralizing all aspects of treatment, we can better support our patients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being. The Moseley Foundation Institute’s design, which will be informed by patient family input and best practices, will create a space where all patient needs can be addressed, and staff can provide compassionate care in an environment that ensures family privacy and comfort. The space will incorporate the latest technology and architectural design to promote healing and recovery.
We know that the bed is often the worst place to receive chemotherapy. Studies show that play and exercise improve not only clinical outcomes, but emotional healing by reducing some toxic effects of therapy. Even if the time in clinic is small, training a child to think they belong in a bed is not the best model. We will provide children with the right healing environment that will allow them to associate treatments with wellness. Children do not need to be encouraged to play and be well — we will provide them with the space and opportunity to do so.
The Moseley Foundation Institute’s design will facilitate the growth of our clinical trial program. Currently, Nemours Children’s is second in the United States in clinical trial enrollment for cancer and blood disorder patients.1 Additional space designed to envelop patients and families and support them through their entire care journey will also allow for greater participation in clinical trials. This will help children treated not only in Delaware, but throughout the country and around the world as new treatment paradigms advance.
In addition to the physical space, the gift establishes a Lisa Dean Moseley Foundation Presidential Endowed Chair for Institute Director. This leader will support work in patient care, research and other high-priority areas.
1-National Cancer Institute