OVMC Celebrates Opening of New Oncology Unit, Expansion of Cancer Care

Friday, July 20, 2012

WHEELING, W.Va. – Administration, physicians, and oncology staff at Ohio Valley Medical Center recently joined together to celebrate the opening of a new 16-bed oncology care unit and the expansion of cancer services at OVMC. Located on the third floor of the hospital’s West Building, the new dedicated oncology care unit will provide additional privacy and comfort for patients and their families during cancer treatments and hospital stays. The opening of the new unit has also created 21 additional nursing and support staff positions.

“Our patients choose to receive oncology care and treatment from our physicians and staff for a reason, and we are thrilled to be able to provide a warm place where our patients can relax and focus on healing,” said Scot Malson, nurse manager of the oncology care unit. “With the addition of these new private room accommodations and offering 24-hour visitation in a dedicated oncology setting, we hope our patients find comfort to be close to their family while coping with a difficult diagnosis.”

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 700 million cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. Of those cases, more than 2 thousand cancer cases affect families of the Ohio Valley. To meet the demands of these patients and their families, OVMC is also expanding oncology services through the coordination of cancer treatments. Shawn Ware, lifetime certified breast care navigator of the Center for Breast Care, recently expanded her role as oncology nurse navigator to provide individualized cancer care while meeting the specialized needs of each patient.

“Shawn’s expertise with cancer navigation will now be able to assist any patient diagnosed with cancer, not just breast cancer,” said Dr. Shawn Stern, president of the OVMC Medical-Dental Staff. “The role of the oncology nurse navigator is to ensure the highest quality of care for patients by serving as an advocate, coordinator, liaison, and educator. Shawn’s role will allow her to meet with newly diagnosed patients and their families to offer assistance in navigating through various surgical or oncology consultations.”

In addition to the new inpatient unit, the dedicated oncology care unit also unveiled the 24/7 Outpatient Infusion Center, which is scheduled to open later this summer. The infusion room will accommodate outpatients receiving chemotherapy, antibiotics, and blood transfusions. The open hours allows for patients to schedule their infusions at their convenience. For many patients, this flexibility allows for them to receive treatment at time that best coordinates with their schedule.

“This dedicated unit has really allowed for us to focus on providing individualized care to each of our patients in a setting that is comfortable and close to home,” said Malson. “By giving our patients the privacy of their own rooms, they are able to relax and begin healing without distraction. Our patients are able to benefit not only from the latest in medical technologies, but equally important, the hands-on support and knowledge shared by our team of highly skilled professionals.”

The Cancer Center at OVMC offer a full spectrum of services for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as personalized support services for patients and their families and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. OVMC is home to an American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Room, located on the main floor of the hospital, providing educational materials, free wigs, and assistance for patients and their families as well as information on the Look Good, Feel Better program. The Cancer Resource Room is open and available to the public on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment by calling Volunteer Services at 304-234-8643.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.

Administration, physicians, and oncology staff at OVMC recently celebrated the opening of the new dedicated oncology care unit and the expansion of oncology services at OVMC. Pictured from left to right in the new 24/7 Outpatient Infusion Center are: Scot Malson, nurse manager; Andrea Felix, Lee Dohm, Leslie Florjanczyk, Amy Gamble, Anise Kiger, Joyce Minor, Dr. Anup Das, medical oncology/hematology; Kim Roth, and Chris Franklin.