One year ago, Mercy and Patients First consolidated cancer care services and began offering the region advanced care and since then services have grown.
“We knew at the time that we had a magical opportunity to combine each other’s strengths to benefit patient care in the region, and that was how we approached the integration,” said Kim Davis, practice manager for Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology. “Since day one, we worked as a united team to enhance our cancer care program, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Mercy Cancer Center meets or exceeds national and international guidelines for cancer treatments, making it unnecessary for people to drive far from home for the treatment they need. As a result, more people are staying close to home to receive care and Mercy Cancer Center is treating more patients.
The center has added staff and services, including an onsite pharmacist to customize medications for individual patients. The center also provides two board certified oncologists who have been there from the start and a staff that specializes in cancer care.
Mercy Cancer Center treats adults of all ages, with all types of cancer, and provides access to clinical trials. The center offers services to treat the whole patient, ranging from advanced diagnostic testing and chemotherapy and radiation therapies to education and support. Patients are treated in a relaxed, comfortable setting and are offered a support staff that includes a cancer navigator, pastoral care, dieticians, social services and a financial adviser who may be able to provide financial assistance.
Patients are treated with medicine that’s served with a hometown touch. “Sometimes our patients are people we’ve known from the community,” said Connie Stelzer, infusion center manager. “Patients receive care from the same nurses. We monitor them very closely and we know their name and their stories. The care goes beyond medicine.”
Board certified medical oncologists and hematologists Christopher Hueser, DO, and Muhammad Mirza, MD, see patients at the infusion center at Mercy Medical Building South, 901 Patients First Drive. The infusion center provides advanced radiation therapies with direct pharmacy access and advanced safety enhancements to ensure that the right doses of medicine are given at the right times to the right patient.
Radiation oncologists James Z. Chen, MD, Robert C. Frazier, MD, and Jaymeson S. Stroud, MD, see patients at Mercy Medical Building North, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. Patients receive radiation therapy at this location, through a linear accelerator. The linear accelerator, which targets unhealthy cancer cells while diminishing risk to healthy cells, has 3D viewing capabilities for enhanced cell targeting.
For more information about the Mercy Cancer Center, people may call 636-390-1600.