COMMUNITY INTEGRATED CANCER CARE 04/26/2011 Expanded Cancer Institute and Penn Radiation Oncology
Doylestown Hospital Offers the Community Integrated Cancer Care
Doylestown Hospital continues to grow in size and services to keep pace with the latest in proven technology and care. Yet this newest expansion directly relates to the hospital's original mission to "improve the quality of life for all members of our community."
Doylestown Hospital is poised to open its expanded Cancer Institute in early May. Radiation Oncology Doylestown, a facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has already opened its doors, adding an additional dimension to integrated cancer care in one convenient location.
Members of the community are invited to an Open House on Saturday, May 7 from 1 to 4 pm.
The expanded Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital is located on the third floor of an addition to the Pavilion, which is adjacent to the hospital. The new space is twice the size of the Institute's former location. Patients may choose a private infusion room or an open setting for their treatments. The new space also includes doctors' offices, an onsite pharmacy and research offices. Additionally, The Cancer Institute incorporates MRI, PET/CT, endoscopy, and the Women's Diagnostic Centers of Doylestown Hospital.
The first floor of the new addition houses the radiation oncology facility. The second and third floors are devoted to physician offices and services for cancer patients.
"The expansion of our Cancer Institute and the addition of radiation oncology on the Doylestown Hospital campus are significant developments for our community and our patients," said Scott S. Levy, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. "The breadth of the capabilities of our medical staff and accredited cancer services, combined with the advantages associated with the Penn Cancer Network relationship, provide patients with comprehensive cancer care and the convenience of a community setting."
Doylestown Hospital has been a member of the Penn Cancer Network for 20 years. Among other benefits of the partnership, Doylestown Hospital physicians and patients of the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital have the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical research trials of new cancer therapies.
The radiation oncology facility is equipped with the same state-of-the-art linear accelerator used in Penn Medicine's radiation oncology department on the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. The technology utilizes advanced treatment techniques such as image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to treat a variety of tumors and types of cancer.
"We are pleased to build on our established relationship with Doylestown Hospital, a longtime Penn Cancer Network provider, to expand access to the full spectrum of Penn Medicine radiation oncology services, including clinical trials for cancers of all kinds," said Stephen M. Hahn, MD, the Henry K. Pancoast Professor and Chair of Penn's Department of Radiation Oncology. "Our new facility provides an opportunity for patients to receive truly multidisciplinary care in one location, close to their home."
The facility will be staffed by full-time, board-certified Penn radiation oncologists who are dedicated to providing leading-edge care to patients in their own community. William Rate, MD, PhD, serves as the Medical Director of the new facility. An estimated 90 percent of patients who come to Doylestown Hospital for radiation therapy will be able to have all of their treatments at Doylestown, but patients seen at the new site may also be evaluated for care at Penn Medicine's Roberts Proton Therapy Center in Philadelphia, which offers the world's most precise targeting of certain types of cancers that are difficult to treat with conventional radiation.
In addition to offering access to Penn radiation oncology services, the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital brings together integrated, top-quality cancer care and support services on the Doylestown campus.
* Doylestown Hospital's Women's Diagnostic Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
* The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital became the first Bucks County-based facility to earn the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
* Partnership with the American Cancer Society for the Can Surmount, Reach to Recovery, Look Good Feel Better, I Can Cope and Man to Man programs.
* An on-site Gilda's Club offers patients and their loved ones a variety of support and educational programs.
* The Ribbons store (located on the first floor of the addition) features wigs, hair accessories, anti-nausea aids and educational materials.
For more information about the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital, visit www.dh.org/cancerinstitute. For information about Penn's Radiation Oncology facility on Doylestown Hospital's campus, visit PennMedicine.org/radiation-oncology, or call 267-880-2710.