Columbia St. Mary's Opens New Cancer Center at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Modern Center Designed for Modern Care
Mequon, WI, October 15, 2012 – In response to a significant increase in patient volumes, Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to announce the opening of its new Cancer Center at Columbia St. Mary’ s Hospital Ozaukee, 13111 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. Over the last three years, the number of patient visits for medical oncology has grown 133 percent, from 3,343 patient visits in Fiscal Year 09 to 7,805 patient visits in Fiscal Year 12.

“With the increasing patient volumes at our Mequon Cancer Center, the space was no longer meeting the needs of our patients,” said Pam Bauman, Regional Director, Columbia St. Mary’s Oncology Services. “This new space provides the perfect setting for our team-based approach to cancer care. This multi-disciplinary system brings together our expert team of caregivers to meet with patients and their loved ones at one time, and develop the ideal treatment plan. The new Center provides a technologically-advanced, comforting and healing environment for all patient needs,” said Bauman.

According to Bauman, Columbia St. Mary’s treats more cancer patients than any other cancer center in Ozaukee County. “Demand continues to increase at our Mequon hospital, and we’ve added new physicians and staff to meet that need. We’re providing the care and the environment that our cancer patients have asked for. They’ve shown they appreciate the extraordinary care we provide,” she said.

Construction began on the project in June 2012. A significant portion of the funds were provided by Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation. “Our approach to cancer care is simple: from the moment a patient is diagnosed with cancer, we guide and support them on their journey to become a survivor,” said Lisa A. Froemming, President/CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation. “Our donors are extremely proud to support that comprehensive, compassionate, high standard of care that sets us apart in this community,” she said.

A Modern Center for Modern Care
The new 8,200 sq. ft. Cancer Center, located on the hospital’s second floor in the former Intensive Care Unit, doubles the size of the former Center located adjacent to the hospital’s Testing & Treatment Area on the first floor. The new Cancer Center was designed with input from Columbia St. Mary's patients, oncologists, nurses, and full cancer team.

“The state-of-the art Center complements Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee’s Heitz Radiation Oncology Center, continuing our long history of providing the highest standard of quality cancer care in Ozaukee County,” said Froemming.

The Cancer Center is a modern unit designed for care now and into the future, including increased space for both oral and infusion chemotherapies. The five private exam rooms are equipped with digital technology that provides patients with personal access to their electronic health records and allows physicians to use these new tools to help their patients better understand their treatment plan. For those receiving traditional chemotherapy infusions, the Cancer Center offers complimentary iPads™ with an assortment of learning and entertainment options for long treatment sessions. The Center has increased the number and size of infusion areas to enable family members to sit with their loved one during treatment. The Center also provides a large, comfortable family waiting area.

A True Multi-disciplinary Approach
“It’s a true multi-disciplinary approach,” said Dr. Ranveer Nand, Oncologist and Hematologist at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee. “Within a week of diagnosis, if not sooner, patients will meet their entire cancer team in one appointment – their nurse navigator, radiation and medical oncologists, surgeon, dietician, rehabilitation specialist, genetics counseling and social worker. We come to the patient.”

That single-setting, multi-disciplinary approach is unique to Columbia St. Mary’s. Columbia St. Mary’s has long recognized the importance of treating the whole patient – in body, mind and spirit – and this multi-disciplinary approach is that mission in action.

Alternative, spirit-lifting therapies carry this to the next level. Pet Therapy allows patients to interact with trained animals during their treatments, while art therapy and support groups bring them a sense of community and peace. The new space is also filled with natural light. Each exam room has a window and the infusion area has windows facing east, allowing a beautiful, calming view of nature.

For more than 70 years, Columbia St. Mary’s has been dedicated to caring for the people of Ozaukee County. The Hospital sponsors a variety of community organizations and hosts public health screenings, including Columbia St. Mary’s one-of-a-kind Mobile Digital Mammography Center. “With the opening of our new Cancer Center, we are reaffirming our commitment to Ozaukee County,” said Bauman.

In conjunction with the new Center, Columbia St. Mary’s is pleased to welcome Dr. Douglas Puffer, a Medical Oncologist and Hematologist who joined the team this fall.

“Our doctors, nurses and support staff, as well as our specially trained team of nurse navigators, understand cancer from the patient’s perspective,” said Froemming. “For our cancer staff, it’s a calling for them. They are exceptional. They provide the best care and are the most caring professionals you will find.”

Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee is the only accredited comprehensive Cancer Center in Ozaukee County. It is accredited at the highest level by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the primary governing body establishing standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care.

The new Cancer Center was built to accommodate future expansion. The contractor for the Cancer Center was J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.


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