SSM Health Care will celebrate two major service enhancements to
its Oklahoma City operations on Thursday.
* St. Anthony Hospital will open its Lung Cancer Detection and
* St. Michael Hospital will dedicate its Medical Library.
The Lung Cancer Detection and Treatment Center at St. Anthony's
Frank C. Love Cancer Institute will provide a multidisciplinary team
approach intended to speed up patient diagnoses and treatment.
"For years there has been the need for lung cancer patients to
see several different kinds of doctors and to get a variety of
tests, which could mean appointments with many doctors to simply get
a diagnosis and begin a treatment plan," said the center's medical
director, Dr. James Blalock.
"Our center will have all the physicians who need to participate
in this process in one spot so that the patient can get the
physician attention they need along with tests, scans and imaging."
Hospital officials noted Oklahoma has a higher rate of lung
cancer than the national average.
To help expedite service, the center employs a "Nurse Navigator"
program to oversee a patient's care. It is headed by certified
oncology nurse Julie Hensley.
"The Nurse Navigator program is hugely reassuring," said Blalock.
"Instead of three doctors a patient sees once, there is someone
you've known from the start who has set things up, who explains
things, and is there when you need them. The Nurse Navigator program
gives each patient a person, a face to focus on."
The center's medical team includes a thoracic surgeon, medical
oncologist and radiation oncologist.
St. Michael's expanded library -- double its previous size --
extends services to hospital staff and patients. The library will
feature new computers, CD-ROMs and educational videos as well as
research material available from the Medical Library Association.
The St. Michael library is accessible 24-hours to physicians with
librarians on staff Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Midwest Regional Medical Center has named Jimmy Fetters the
director of food service and Terry Osburn the director of
environmental services. Both managers are affiliated with Sodexho
Marriott, the company selected to provide these services for Midwest
Fetters was previously production manager of Comanche County
Memorial Hospital. …