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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Granite Falls Hospital opens chemotherapy suite

  • A new Chemotherapy Infusion service at the Granite Falls Hospital promises to bring convenience and comfort to area community members undergoing cancer treatment.
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  • A new Chemotherapy Infusion service at the Granite Falls Hospital promises to bring convenience and comfort to area community members undergoing cancer treatment.
    According to a news release, the service is being offered as part of the hospital's continued commitment to local, rural communities to provide superior patient-centered care. The new Chemotherapy Infusion Service accomplishes this goal by eliminating the need for long distance travel for many patients and provides an opportunity for more recovery time at home.
    "We had a lot of patients inquire within the community at the hospital to their physicians. And we had patients up in Willmar making comments that it would be nice to do this in our hometown close to where they live, because often patients aren't feeling well and it's a relief for them not to have to get into a car and drive," said Granite Falls Hospital infusion nurse Deb Ladner.
    Construction on the $200,000 project got underway this spring allowing for the hospital to begin administering services this past Tuesday. The new Chemotherapy Infusion Suite is a completely remodeled area dedicated to patients referred for Chemotherapy Infusion treatment. The process can take up to several hours to administer, so facilities have been designed to provide the utmost in patient care and comfort.
    "It's beautiful, comfortable, homie and warm," said Ladner of the space. "It has everything we need professionally, but we also went to great lengths to create the feeling of a home-like atmosphere."
    The new suite features state of the art treatment chairs that offer heat and massage, as well as personal televisions for patients. In addition, blood work and lab appointments take place in the Infusion Suite, placing patients at ease as much as possible.
    The service will be led by ACMC, in Willmar, supervising Oncologist Dr. Louay Hanna. RN's with Oncology Nursing Society certification and training in chemotherapy and biotherapy will be on staff to administer treatment and provide specialized patient care.
    An Open House is schedule for Tuesday, October 8, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to tour their new Infusion Suite, meet Dr. Hanna and staff, and help them share this news with loved ones who need to receive Chemotherapy care closer to home.
    Questions about Chemotherapy Infusion Services can be directed to Infusion nurses; Deb Ladner, RN deb.ladner@granitefallshealthcare.com or Gretchen King, RN gretchen.king@granitefallshealthcare.com, or visit us at www.granitefallshealthcare.com.

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