On the 11th floor of the new Sheikh Zayed Tower is our state-of-the-art
Christina and Robert C. Baker Prostate Cancer Care Center, a beautiful
space designed for healing.If you've been in Baltimore recently, you may have noticed that the skyline is a lot prettier. There is a beautiful, glittering, new $1 billion clinical building on Orleans Street. It's been under construction for five years, and ranks as the most expensive building project in Baltimore's history. Patients and doctors alike agree the result was well worth it. There are two 12-story towers: One is the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center, named for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mother, and the other is the Sheikh Zayed Tower, named for the founding president of the United Arab Emirates. The new building covers 1.6 million square feet and has 560 private rooms. There are three floors of operating suites, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, and radiology suites featuring the latest imaging technology.
Thanks to the commitment and generosity of Christina and Robert Baker, the Brady Urological Institute now has "truly phenomenal space, unlike any other facility we have ever had," says Brady Director Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D. The new space, on the 11th floor of the West Sheikh Zayed Tower, built with the help of a $5 million gift from the Baker family, is called The Christina and Robert C. Baker Prostate Cancer Care Center. "From the rooms that line the hallways to the very people who bring modern medicine to the bedside, thanks to the Bakers' remarkable gift, we have completely transformed the way we are able to care for our patients."
To men and their families who spent time recovering from surgery in the Brady Pavilion on Marburg 2, Partin says, "To quote Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, "We're not in Kansas anymore.'"
With precision planning and the help of many people, the Department of Urology made the transition to the Baker Prostate Cancer Center in a single day. In a matter of a few hours, "we increased our capacity from 21 to 32 beds, and expanded from 5,600 to 13,600 square feet of inpatient space," recalls Partin. The extra space means that each room is now a private room, "giving our patients and families added privacy and comfort as they recuperate."
The whole building was designed to be a soothing place for healing. In keeping with that, the Baker Center has new pager systems, rubberized floors and acoustic ceiling tiles designed to reduce noise levels. Nurses' workstations are located between every two patient rooms, to help them stay closer to the bedside.
The Bakers' gift adds to a tradition of philanthropy that dates to the very beginning of the Brady Urological Institute. "The creation of the building that housed the Brady Urological Institute from its founding days was made possible by a philanthropic gift from James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady in 1912," notes Partin. "His foresight and generosity transformed the way urology was practiced and paved the way for a century of medical discovery, superb patient care, and unsurpassed training opportunities for young urologists.
"One hundred years later, the Bakers and many other patients and friends of Johns Hopkins Urology have demonstrated that same kind of foresight and generosity time and time again, through their own personal philanthropic investments in the Brady. We couldn't be more grateful. Christina and Robert Baker's decision to make a gift to make our new patient care floor possible is already making a difference to this Institute, its patients, and our medical providers, and will continue to do so for decades to come."
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Richard Baker, Lisa Baker, Serena Baker, Jack Baker,
Mrs. Christina Baker, Mr. Robert Baker,Ashley Baker,
Dr. Alan W. Partin
Christina and Robert C. Baker are Founding Members of the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Advisory Board. Mr. Baker, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine's Board of Trustees, serves on the Board's Facilities and Real Estate Development Committee, which was instrumental in the construction of the new Sheikh Zayed Tower.
Robert Baker is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Development Realty Corporation, one of the nation's leading real estate development and management firms, with over 22 million square feet of office space across 14 states. Mrs. Baker is an expert equestrian who enjoys the competition of dressage.