This building addition was designed to house a Gamma Knife. The Gamma Knife is a self-contained radiation machine used for removing brain tumors with cobalt 60 ionized radiation. The Gamma Knife is the first in Northwest Indiana, giving the people of our community leading edge healthcare service. The Gamma Knife creates a treatment that is faster and far less painful than surgery with a reduced recovery time for those treated. The Center for Advanced Clinical Studies was designed to fit between the existing hospital and a separate existing MRI building, anticipating an ideal future route for hospital users.
The basement of this 95,750 sqft building houses all the mechanical systems and independent offices. The first floor houses the Gamma Knife, Linear Accelerators and the Computerized Tomography Simulator, a machine used to take in-depth x-rays, requiring positioning lasers and lead lined walls. Berglund was honored not only to have brought this project in on time and on budget, but also, to have created a building that assists in the fight against cancer.