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.
, 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
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.