Community Healthcare System has opened a new Cancer and Infusion Center at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.
The Cancer and Infusion Center is in a 6,100-square-foot wing of the hospital that connects to a precision radiotherapy system called CyberKnife. Introduced in 2005, CyberKnife offers a solution to patients with cancer whose tumors cannot be removed surgically.
Other features of the center, which was dedicated in a blessing ceremony March 4, includes private exam rooms, a central nursing station for care customized to a patient’s individual needs, a nourishment counter and eight infusion therapy suites with plenty of natural light.
“Our goal is to change the face of cancer care by making it as convenient as possible for patients living in East Chicago and nearby communities to receive advanced supportive healthcare right here, at home,” said Leo Correa, CEO of St. Catherine Hospital. “We know patients’ needs can be complex. Having a support team in place to manage those needs with nurse navigators and multidisciplinary conferences that apply a team approach to patient care and access to cancer-related clinical trials is very important.”
Each therapy room is equipped with a recliner, TV, space for personal computer work and room for visitors. Suites offer views onto a Healing Garden that will take shape in the spring.