Included the Building Hope expansion, a physical therapy gym will be located on the top floor, teen cancer unit. Studies show survival rates among this population are higher when therapy is based on pediatric protocols and delivered at medical centers like Seattle Children’s. The gym will be used by cancer patients in need of physical therapy for fitness and rehabilitation.
“There’s no good time to have cancer, but the teen and young adult years are particularly difficult,” says Dr. Becky Johnson, director, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. “Patients want independence, yet they are confined to the hospital during treatment. Acces to the therapy gym will help teens and young adults maintain a sense of strength and may reduce fatigue, pain and distress.” The gym will overlook the building’s green roof and will have great views of mountains and surrounding neighborhoods.
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