Fighting cancer is a team effort, and now Fayette County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer or a hematologic disorder have the team of Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) and Adena Health System to go to for local care.
The two healthcare organizations have extended their collaborative relationship for the FCMH Cancer Care Clinic which held its grand opening Tuesday. Close to 100 people attended the open house/ribbon cutting.
Located in Medical Arts Building 2, 1510 Columbus Ave. in Washington C.H., the 3,000 square foot space is home to five infusion chairs and one bed. Patients can receive chemotherapy and supportive infusions or injections five days a week.
Adena Health System’s Dr. Shylaja Mani serves as the clinic’s on-site medical oncologist. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her hematology and oncology fellowship at Ohio State University.
Beth Harper, CNP, is the oncology leader and brings with her nearly 30 years nursing experience, including outpatient services, birthing center and oncology care. Additional staff include one registered nurse, one licensed practical nurse and one scheduler.
“Dr. Mani, Beth and all the Cancer Care staff have a true passion for oncology and will serve our patients and community well,” said FCMH CEO Mike Diener. “This relationship allows us to utilize Adena Cancer Center’s expertise in determining an individualized treatment plan for every patient. We will collaborate with their weekly Tumor Board — a team of experts from various fields including surgery, nursing, pathology and radiology – to discuss the best treatment plan for each patient.”
The specialized Tumor Boards focus on breast, lung, head & neck and colorectal cancers, however most types of cancer are treated at the FCMH Cancer Care Clinic.
“In addition to our goal of providing cutting-edge cancer treatment, we hope to ease the burden of traveling out of town for care for our patients and their families,” Diener added. “This venture aligns with our Adena affiliation goals of keeping care close to home, coordinating resources to provide cost-effective medical intervention, and developing on- site outpatient clinics to create better and quicker access to care. FCMH Cancer Care is another shining example of how together our organizations are stronger.”
“Cancer care is changing and many treatments require frequent visits for many months or years,” explained Alex Wilson, M.D. Adena Cancer Center medical director and radiation oncologist. “Having chemotherapy and immunotherapy infusion closer to home will benefit many patients who require these longer treatments. It will also be easier for patients in the FCMH service area to complete recommended follow-ups with an oncologist, as Dr. Mani will be close by and readily available. We are excited about this relationship with FCMH and the Washington Court House community.”
To contact the FCMH Cancer Care Clinic, call 740-333-2878.