The new Deaconess Hospital Infusion Center, located in Deaconess Gateway Medical Office Building 4, was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony today at noon.
Infusion care is commonly used for chemotherapy treatments. The new Infusion Center will feature twin units of 14 pods, for a total of 28 infusion chairs. Each patient will have increased privacy and comfort, including chairs that feature both heat and massage. The space will also feature 8 private infusion rooms and an additional consult/teaching space used by nurse navigators, social workers, dietitians and other staff.
“Patients receiving infusion care are often experiencing many concerns at once,” said Dr. Chris Braden, medical oncologist at Deaconess Cancer Services, and medical director of infusion. “We wanted this space to be peaceful and relaxing to patients who may be here frequently, for many hours at a time, to receive treatment.”
Tours of the facility, including the advanced and expanded pharmacy space, will also be part of today’s event. A “blessing of the hands” ceremony will take place for the doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff and volunteers who will provide patient care in the new infusion center.