Patients treated for cancer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center will notice substantial upgrades and expansion to outpatient oncology facilities. The improvements, including the opening of a new Infusion Center, were made in 2008 as The Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary.
The new Infusion Center, a modern, 8,000 square foot, world-class facility, offers patients state-of-the-art, personal care in a nurturing environment. Highlights include 28 individual treatment areas, each with its own TV and a chair for a family member or friend, an enhanced online scheduling system, Wi-Fi access, a nutrition center for snacks, a large waiting area, and soothing décor.
In designing the new Infusion Center, located in The Russell and Angelica Berrie Center for Humanistic Care , the architects relied on valuable input from the hospital’s administrative and clinical staffs, as well as the physicians. This ensured the creation of a space where high-tech medicine and high-touch personal care exist in perfect balance.
“Patients requiring chemotherapy spend a great deal of time in the Infusion Center over the course of their cancer treatment,” states Michael Schleider, MD, Chief of Oncology Services. “We treat our patients like family, so providing amenities designed to help patients feel more ‘at home’ is a natural extension of our care.”
The Russell and Angelica Berrie Center for Humanistic Care is also home to newly redesigned oncology offices and the nationally recognized Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagosis Center. The addition of the Infusion Center brings a variety of cancer care specialists – oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, breast surgeons, and infusion staff – to one convenient location. This centralization is crucial as patients treated for cancer at Englewood Hospital experience the collaborative effort of an entire team of experts.
“Multi-disciplinary care is the trademark of our program,” says Dr. Schleider. “Having oncology services concentrated in The Berrie Center allows us to better streamline processes among members of the cancer care team to increase the quality of care for our patients.”
But the benefits to those undergoing cancer treatment and follow-up care extend beyond those brought about by increased efficiency. “Patients like to see the familiar faces of our cancer care team every time they visit us,” adds Dr. Schleider. “That special warmth we offer – more than any amenity we can build -- is what truly makes our patients feel ‘at home.’”
PHOTO: Michael Schleider, MD, Chief of Oncology Services at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center