Ware, MA (September 25, 2012) - The Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital has expanded and relocated its outpatient care and infusion services. The new space, formerly the Women & Infants Unit, located on the 4th floor of the hospital, now offers an enhanced area where experts from the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Medical Center continue to provide convenient access to comprehensive cancer care, clinical trials and a multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care locally in Ware.
“Our providers will continue the same excellent care and now have a peaceful, healing environment to match,” says Lisa Beaudry, MPH, BSN, CNM, Director of Patient Care Services at BMLH. "Staff, Physician and Patient input was considered in every aspect of developing the new area, from the physical design to patient flow and the overall ambiance.”
“Beyond the new space and equipment the renovation benefits patients in a special way,” said Beaudry. “The rooms are lined with windows that provide natural light and beautiful country views. The new family centered unit provides a positive environment designed to uplift the spirits of our patients and contribute to a healing experience during difficult times. We are excited about this move which supports our commitment to providing high quality care within our community.”
Chandravathi Loke, MD, and Richard Steingart, MD, are faculty members of the Baystate Medical Practices Division of Hematology and Oncology who provide care at the Baystate Medical Center Oncology Satellite at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
“It is a privilege to be able to help patients and their families during one of the most trying times of their lives,” said Dr. Loke. “Hematology/Oncology is an exciting, challenging field to be involved in as rapidly evolving research findings translate into patient care and we have more options to offer our patients than ever before.”
Hematologist, Richard Steingart, MD, who has been providing care in Ware for close to 15 years talks about the close relationships he has developed with the patients that he sees who have been born and live in the area. “Patients can be intimidated to go to the city for care, as a team we do an excellent job caring for them locally,” said Dr. Steingart. “They are so appreciative, the experience is mutual, and we always want to do more for them. The nursing and support staff is solid and caring and I love coming here to provide care.”
“Our patients come from many area communities to receive their treatment here because of the expert care as well as the atmosphere of hope and friendship that we are known for,” said Lori Tuttle, RN, OCN, Program Manager and long-time nurse in the department. “The new infusion suite has much the same layout as our previous site, but is much more spacious. Many of our patients prefer to be together during their treatments, and the new larger open area provides the opportunity for our patients to
connect socially with others receiving treatment,” said Tuttle. “There is also a private infusion area for patients that prefer that.”
"We strive to ensure that our patients feel completely supported and confident about what's happening to them during a very challenging time,” said Tuttle. “Our staff of experienced oncology-certified nurses is highly trained in infusion and IV therapies and sensitive to the unique challenges that each of our patients and their families may face throughout the treatment period.”
“We are so fortunate in this region to be surrounded by a generous community,” said Tuttle. “We have had a great deal of community support over the years for cancer services and we are able to offer support groups and counseling, educational materials, pastoral care, state-of-the art equipment, and so much more, thanks to the continuing generosity of our community.”
The expansion has also allowed for a consultation room which will also be used for the many support groups facilitated by Camille St.Onge, Oncology Social Worker, who provides counseling for patients and their families through all phases of their cancer care. “A diagnosis of cancer can bring many types of challenges and can affect each person in a different way,” said St.Onge. “As an oncology team, we all work closely together to address the medical, emotional and social needs of our patients.”
The Baystate Regional Cancer Program Oncology Infusion Satellite at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital provides patients who are living with cancer personalized, responsive, quality care, close to home and ready access to the experts at the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care in Springfield.
Support Groups for Patients and Families Facing Cancer
For Information contact Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital at 413-967-2245
- Breast Cancer Support Group - Open to all women with breast cancer regardless of stage of treatment. Meeting are held the 4th Wednesday of every month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
- Circle of Angels, A Quilting Support Group for People Who Have Been Touched by Cancer- meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:00am to 1:00.
- Expressive Writing Through Cancer- a guided topic-driven group for those experiencing cancer. Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meeting are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
- General Cancer Support Group - Open to all cancer diagnoses. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm.
- Grieving Support Group-Human Resource Conference Room, 3rd Tuesday every month - 5:30-7:00 pm.
- Partners in Caregiving - An early evening support group for caregivers. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm.
- Look Good Feel Better Program: This two hour program is held every three months for women who are undergoing cancer treatment currently or within the last 12 months. The program focuses on skin and nail care tips, scarf and wig tips and makeup tips during the challenges associated with cancer treatments