Hope Starts Here.
In Fall 2016, Samaritan Medical Center broke ground on a project that will transform the way that cancer care is delivered in our region.
Samaritan’s new cancer care center has been in the making since the Board of Trustees adopted an updated strategic plan in January 2015. Based on a regional assessment of cancer care needs that was conducted in January 2014, the recommendation was made to establish a comprehensive oncology service line that would position Samaritan to meet those needs.
Samaritan’s goal is to offer first class treatment of cancer through an integrated, coordinated program. Cancer care encompasses so much more than chemotherapy, radiation or surgical treatment. It must also address the nutritional, emotional, social and spiritual needs of cancer patients. A truly coordinated program will be enhanced by providing cancer care in one location.
Building medical oncology
For over 30 years, Dr. John Poggi and Dr. Charles Romano served the medical oncology needs of the community. Anticipating the future retirements of these two well-respected physicians, Samaritan successfully recruited three new medical oncologists to continue their legacy of caring: Dr. Florence Arnold, Dr. Osagie Bello and Dr. Day Hills. This was an important first step in expanding oncology capacity.
Striving for accreditation
In 2015, Samaritan embarked on its journey for accreditation by the Commission on Cancer, a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, which promotes cancer prevention, research, education and monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
Achieving Commission on Cancer accreditation will allow Samaritan to demonstrate the high quality of care provided and its commitment to continuous quality improvement. It means proudly demonstrating to the community that it has invested in systems to ensure that cancer patients receive high quality, coordinated care, as well as making the commitment to ensure that supportive services and resources addressing the full continuum of care are available in the community.
For the patients, it means the assurance that Samaritan is concerned with the full continuum of cancer – from prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care – while addressing both survival and quality of life, including:
- Quality cancer care, close to home
- Comprehensive care offering a range of services and equipment
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options available
- Access to cancer-related information and education
- Access to patient-centered services, such as psychosocial distress screening and navigation
- Options for genetic assessment and counseling, and palliative care services
- Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
- Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship plan
Commission on Cancer accreditation is granted to facilities that are committed to providing the best in cancer care and demonstrate compliance with its standards. Each cancer program must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the standards. To maintain accreditation, Samaritan will undergo an on-site survey review every three years.
Samaritan’s Commission on Cancer accreditation efforts are coordinated and led by its Cancer Committee, comprised of many specialists and disciplines, as well as Samaritan’s new Director of Oncology, Mr. James Steggeman.
A special place of hope
To facilitate its patients’ care in one convenient location and through true multidisciplinary collaboration, Samaritan will build a new comprehensive cancer care center on its main medical campus. Its modern design features abundant natural light, easy and convenient accessibility to staff and supportive services and a calm, healing environment.
In addition to the clinical exam and office space featured in this new 17,000 square foot, two-story facility, the center will also offer space for:
- Counseling and Supportive Care – resource center/library, patient navigation services, social workers, complimentary palliative care
- Medical Conference, Education and Meeting Rooms
- Covered, Dedicated Entrance
For patients receiving chemotherapy or other infusions, the time that they spend in treatments can be long. Eighteen treatment areas feature comfortable reclining chairs, seating for family member, televisions, and a view to the outside rooftop green space.