The Leon Hess Cancer Center recently held a dedication ceremony for its new Outpatient Infusion Center, located on Highway 36 East in West Long Branch.
Staffed by chemotherapy-certified oncology registered nurses, the center provides a comfortable, convenient setting for outpatient chemotherapy and infusion services. Laboratory testing and other services are performed as patients rest in comfortable recliners and CBC tests are performed by the Monmouth Medical Center's state-of-the-art laboratory. A host of other services are also provided for non-oncology as well as oncology patients, including IV hydration, iron infusions, colony stimulating factors, lab services, blood draws and central line maintenance.
"Treating cancer through the use of chemicals, hormones or biological products is the focus of medical oncology," says Seth Cohen, M.D., a medical oncologist and medical director of the Outpatient Infusion Center. At the Leon Hess Cancer Center, these cancer-fighting medications and therapies are delivered by our team of medical oncologists during the complete course of treatment. We are committed to providing personalized and compassionate care in a comfortable and convenient environment."
Dr. Cohen notes that the medical oncologists also direct patients through the pathways of the entire cancer experience, providing supportive care and coordinating treatment offered by other specialists as part of the Leon Hess Cancer Center's interdisciplinary approach to cancer care.
"Our board-certified medical oncologists are experienced in every phase of cancer treatment management, including planning, coordination and collaboration," he said. "They work closely with radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists to ensure patients receive the most effective treatment - whether it involves one or more cancer therapies, given simultaneously or concurrently."
Dr. Cohen notes that the medical oncologists are supported by highly skilled nurses and other allied health professionals in both outpatient and inpatient settings to provide individualized care that meets the medical, physical and psychological needs of patients before, during and after treatment.
"At our Outpatient Infusion Center, we offer patients the convenience of a private pharmacist on site, patient navigator and social workers, as well as access to the latest clinical trials and personalized medicine that is based on genetic-based therapy that allows physicians to choose highly targeted treatment plans," he said.
As a part of the world-renowned Penn Cancer Network, the Leon Hess Cancer Center augments its clinical research program by providing access to additional trials offered through Penn's Clinical Research Cancer Network. The Penn Cancer Network includes a select group of community and academic hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that are recognized for their excellence in patient care and commitment to improving the health and well-being of their community.
The Outpatient Infusion Center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about the center or any of the services of the Leon Hess Cancer Center, call 732-923-6575.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gathering to cut the ribbon dedicating Monmouth Medical Center's new Outpatient Infusion Center are, from left, Robert P. Braun, vice president, Oncology-Southern Division, Mark Babyatsky, M.D., chairman of Medicine, medical oncologists Seth Cohen, M.D., medical director of the Outpatient Infusion Center, Debra Ray, M.D., David Sharon, M.D., and Rosemarie Fiore, M.D., Peggy Laggner, M.S.N., R.N., CAPA, clinical director, Outpatient Infusion Services, Diann Johnson, vice president of patient care services, and Portia Lagmay-Fuentes, regional administrative director, Cancer Services.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.