Open house for new cancer center set for July 7

Patients at UH Seidman Cancer Center at SJMC will benefit from a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment. Pictured, from left, are Deanna Kress, RN, supervisor; Amy Wakeling, RN, director of patient services; Kim Sanker, RN, medical oncology manager; and Ryan Kazmierczak, pharmacist.

The opening of the new University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at St. John Medical Center will be celebrated with a community open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.

The cancer center open house will feature tours, free PSA and skin cancer screenings (screenings will be from noon-2 p.m. only), a Teddy Bear Clinic, free refreshments and an opportunity to meet the center’s physicians and staff. The cancer center is located on the St. John Medical Center campus at 29325 Health Campus Dr. (near Crocker Road), which is also the site of the hospital’s Family Medicine Center.

The open house will coincide with the 19th Festival of the Arts taking place on the SJMC campus July 6-8. Free shuttle buses will take visitors from nearby parking lots to the cancer center open house and Festival of the Arts locations.

The UH Seidman Cancer Center at St. John Medical Center, which officially opens to patients in mid-June, will expand the nationally recognized cancer program on the West Side, offering a wide range of services to assure that local patients and their families can receive the most advanced cancer care closer to home. The center will merge innovative approaches to the treatment of cancer with a beautiful healing environment, and will complement the existing UH Seidman Cancer Center services currently available at UH Westlake Health Center on Clague Road.

“While access to the most advanced treatment is a priority for people needing cancer care, so is having the emotional support of family and friends nearby – in  comfortable, familiar surroundings,” says William A. Young, SJMC president. “The UH Seidman Cancer Center at St. John Medical Center will provide patients with access to the nation’s best experts, advanced treatments and leading-edge technology.”

UH Seidman Cancer Center is part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, one of only 40 centers in the country to be designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This distinction recognizes development and use of the most effective methods of early detection, treatment and prevention of cancer, including clinical trials and advanced therapies not yet available elsewhere. UH Seidman Cancer Center also is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top hospitals for cancer care in the country.

Community-based physicians will partner with nationally recognized UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians. They will be part of a multidisciplinary team with experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, nursing, social work and psychology who will work together to create a personalized treatment plan that meets a patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

“Team members will focus on providing an exceptional level of care as well as compassionate and supportive care,” says Young.  

On-site cancer care ranging from infusion therapy, screenings, nutritional support and psychological support will be carefully coordinated and personalized for each patient. The 14,000-square-foot facility features 19 exam rooms/infusion beds, a procedure room, laboratory services, pharmacy and patient education.

The center’s design will make it easy for patients and families to find the different treatment and support areas. Patient waiting areas are in close proximity to treatments and the examination rooms and treatment areas are designed to protect and respect patient privacy.

Patients also will have access to continuing cancer education and information on the latest cancer treatments and clinical trials. Dedicated to innovative treatment and promising clinical research in the fight against cancer, the UH Seidman Cancer Center offers cutting-edge treatments earlier than most other cancer centers and currently participates in more than 300 clinical trials. 

The opening of the UH Seidman Cancer Center at St. John Medical Center is part of the hospital’s $100 million “Vision 2015” strategic plan. The plan more closely aligns St. John Medical Center with University Hospitals’ centers of excellence and institutes.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.26.2012