Cancer Care Center Expansion Phase 1 Video Transcript
Intro Voice Over: People are best cared for close to home. And that means quality services and technologies right here in our own community. It includes personalized care with no stone left unturned. Nothing that we won’t do to provide the very best care. In the spring of 2011, the UVMC Cancer Care Center completed phase one and broke ground for phase two of an exciting expansion.
Jean Heath, Director, Cancer Care Center: I’m just very excited about this cancer center. What we’ve done here is created an environment that is warm and inviting. We have totally taken the patient’s whole spiritual aspect, the physical, the spiritual, the emotional and we’ve turned that into a treatment center that everyone will be able to come in and feel invited.
What I think is most important about this cancer center, and we’ve worked now for several years to get it where it’s at now, we’ve taken our time, we’ve worked with the community, we’ve worked with the hospital to created an environment that is warm and inviting and also that it really, really says to the community we are here for you for the future.
We never missed a beat. We took care of our patients that were coming through all of the construction and all of the architectural work that we did. We never missed a treatment on any of our patients; we worked right through all of that.
Jodi Shimp, Radiation Therapist: Our new radiation therapy machine has some new technology on it, we have an onboard imager, which allows us to take high quality digital x-rays. That allows us to position our patients more precisely. It also has the capability of taking a CT slice and also a live flouro image. All these new features are very nice and allow us to have the precision that’s very important in radiation therapy.
We look at the images from the counsel outside of the room and decide exactly the positioning we need to do and we’re able to move the table and everything from outside of the room. The ceiling in the new treatment room, directly above the treatment table, is a neat feature that we have. There is some special lighting in there that changes colors every so often and patients have told us that it’s relaxing to lay there and see the lights change.
Brianne Reed, Radiation Therapist: The expansion of the new linear accelerator with the new technology makes the patient feel like they’re coming to a state-of-the-art facility instead of having to travel to Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati, they know that they can come to Upper Valley and get the same quality of care.
Jean Heath, Director, Cancer Care Voice Over: The ground is being broken for phase two, which will be a completely brand new infusion area. Patients will be able to enter from a private entrance; it will be on the main ground level. A beautiful waiting, open area with a hospitality area for them to have coffee and some juice while they’re waiting. We will have a beautiful atrium area with bamboo trees and a nice soft, warm environment. What also will be coming, is we’ve created ten individual treatment rooms and those rooms will be divided so patients can have their privacy, they can have their family member with them and have the privacy of not being with multiple people in the same room.
Kari Foster, CMA: The new infusion area is really patient-oriented, as well as family oriented. It makes for a good environment for them to wait. Its hospitality friendly, that’s our goal here, the main focus is the hospitality. To create a nice environment for patients coming for chemotherapy for several hours, their family is waiting while they get their treatment and will have a nice area for them to relax in, that way they don’t have to feel put out when they’re waiting for their family to get their treatment.
Dr. Ronald Setzkorn, Radiation Oncologist: The right place is also the place where you live. And the reason we’re here in Miami County is because there are people in Miami County that have to deal with cancer. Neighbors, friends, people we go to church with, this is the reason we’re here. If it wasn’t that fact, everybody would have to travel hundreds or thousands of miles, drive hours every week. So, this is part of what’s behind the scenes, but the reason for that is still because there are real people out there like you that need what we do.
Jean Heath, Director, Cancer Care: And what I think everyone in Miami County needs to know is that we have secured cancer care, here in Miami County, quality cancer care for the future.
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