Heitz Radiation Oncology Center Now Open

Monday, July 12, 2004

As part of its ongoing efforts to meet the needs of the community, Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus, 13111 N. Port Washington Road, is pleased to announce the opening of the Heitz Radiation Oncology Center. The 5,300-sq.-ft. center is named for a generous gift from the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation.

When Sandy Heitz’s husband, Bill, lost his battle with cancer, the family decided that the Foundation would focus on cancer-related needs. “We recognized the need for radiation oncology services in Ozaukee County,” said Sandy Heitz. The Heitz’s children, Stephanie Fleming and Greg Heitz, also are actively involved in the Foundation. The Heitz family owns a manufacturing plant in Grafton, and many of the employees live in Ozaukee County and further north. “I’m sure Bill would be extremely happy to know that Ozaukee County will have these services,” Sandy Heitz said. “We look forward to seeing the new Heitz Radiation Oncology Center serve the Ozaukee area.”

The Heitz's donation will enable the center to offer a number of educational and support services to enhance the quality of life for people living with cancer and create a true healing center.

Patients undergoing radiation therapy typically require five days of treatment each week for several weeks. Because radiation oncology services were not available at the Ozaukee Campus, patients have been coming to Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus on Milwaukee’s East Side for radiation therapy.

“Based on the number of cancer diagnoses in our service area, we saw increasing need for radiation oncology services at our Ozaukee Campus,” said Dr. Carl Olson, Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at Columbia St. Mary’s. “People like to be close to home for treatment, and the new center will enhance our ability to deliver comprehensive treatment to people in our service area, in keeping with our goal of providing the best cancer care possible.”

Columbia St. Mary’s is at the forefront in offering leading-edge technology for the treatment of cancer, and is the only Reference Center of Excellence using “see and treat” technology in the Milwaukee area. This advanced technology combines diagnostic imaging with radiation therapy, allowing doctors to zero in on the location of a tumor, and then treat it with precisely placed radiation beams while protecting surrounding healthy tissue.

The Heitz Radiation Oncology Center will join the Constance Walker Radiation Oncology Center at Columbia St. Mary’s Columbia Campus in serving as a national reference site for Varian and GE to showcase the latest in “see and treat” radiation technology.

“Both radiation oncology centers will be fully integrated with shared data and imaging information,” said Cheryl Ward, Director of Radiation Oncology at Columbia St. Mary’s. This will allow our staff to access and evaluate patient information from either site, maximizing efficiency and the quality of patient care.”

Because Columbia St. Mary’s provides care for the whole person—the mind, body, and spirit—many support services are available to enhance the quality of life for people and families living with cancer. These services include chaplains, pet therapy, patient and family support groups, dietitians, psychological counselors, and integrative medicine services such as acupuncture, meditation, and music therapy.

Columbia St. Mary’s is a leader in diagnosing and treating breast cancer, prostate cancer, gynecological cancer, colorectal cancer, and other types of cancer. Our oncology specialists use state-of-the-art treatment and technology, combined with support and compassion to help patients and families achieve optimal health. Our cancer care team members are among the most experienced and knowledgeable in southeastern Wisconsin.


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