RAPID CITY, S.D. – Monument Health is in the method of a $36 million growth to their Cancer Care Institute that they hope will enhance the standard of care to every particular person most cancers affected person they serve.
Healing environments contain a posh relationship between remedy, area, caregiving workers, and assist techniques – the place recognition of every particular person affected person’s wants, values, and experiences is essential to creating a therapeutic setting.
The Cancer Care Institute at the moment serves greater than 40,000 sufferers from a five-state area. The two-story growth, which is able to double the dimensions of the ability, will assist enhance affected person consolation and comfort, enhance collaboration amongst oncologist remedy groups, and higher accommodate the ever-growing variety of sufferers the ability serves.
“We labored with a number of organizations about how can we ship the most effective care attainable and make the area assist us do this. The space is updated as a lot as attainable to accommodate the latest therapies, not solely medically but additionally socially, bodily, and emotionally to adapt for our affected person’s wants,” mentioned Abdel-Ghani Azzouqa, M.D., Medical Oncologist. “The area is also designed not solely from the skin but additionally the within to have that multidisciplinary care in thoughts and to make sufferers transfer as simple as attainable via their visits. In and out, making them really feel as comfy as attainable.”
New facilities to the ability will embody non-public chemotherapy infusion rooms, a state-of-the-art pharmacy the place chemo medicine are ready, a bigger lab, and convention and assembly rooms for collaboration, consultations, assist teams, and artwork remedy.
Each of the 24 new non-public infusion rooms has a window providing sufferers a view from the second flooring and pure mild.
“Having labored at different most cancers facilities and having seen firsthand how the area modifications the mentality of the sufferers, I believe it’s big, simply by having pure mild, that enhances the affected person high quality of the go to and high quality of life by an amazing quantity,” mentioned Dr. Azzouqa.
Due to the services present give attention to breast most cancers remedy – wig providers, a magnificence salon, a present store, and therapeutic massage and acupuncture providers have been added to provide sufferers a extra holistic strategy to their remedy.
The Monument Health Cancer Care Institute is the one facility in the state that provides prostate brachytherapy or inner radiation remedy.
“As a part of the most cancers heart growth, now we have a brand new and devoted brachytherapy suite for sufferers for prostate most cancers, cervical most cancers and different malignancies. It’s actually a cutting-edge brachytherapy heart that may actually increase our providers for folks in most likely a 5 state space,” mentioned Daniel Petereit, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.
An extra linear accelerator will even be added for radiation oncology remedy.
“I believe, will probably be a a lot completely different expertise for our sufferers. And one of many objectives of constructing a most cancers heart or increasing of this magnitude is to actually enhance the standard of care, not solely enhance the standard of look after sufferers, however their expertise,” mentioned Dr. Petereit.
Monument Health is hoping that the renovated facility will entice new medical, surgical and radiation oncologists to double their workers throughout the subsequent three to 4 years. The facility was additionally renovated to offer remedies that aren’t at the moment obtainable in Rapid City, like radiopharmaceuticals and presumably CAR-T cell remedy and autologous transplantation.
“Cancer is a posh illness that impacts a number of organs and processes in the physique. Treatment requires the experience of a lot of medical specialties,” mentioned Dr. Petereit.
Monument Health is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and the brand new Tumor Board convention room offers an area and the know-how devoted to bringing collectively Mayo Clinic consultants with Monument workers to create efficient remedy plans for sufferers.
To fund the project an $8.5 million capital marketing campaign, referred to as “Together We Can,” has been introduced by the Monument Health Foundation, who has dedicated $6.5 million in beforehand raised funds for the marketing campaign. They will proceed fundraising efforts to boost the remaining $2 million.
The new entrance positioned on Fairmont St. will open Tuesday and part two of development will start on the present Cancer Care Institute area. Some affected person appointments relying on kind will happen in different areas of the Monument Health facility till development is full in the summer season of 2023.
For help in finding your appointment location, sufferers can name (605) 755-2300 or go to the Monument Health website.