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Public invited to Open House for new Oncology Center of Excellence

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  • Written By: Tammi Holbrook
King’s Daughters will host an open house to introduce to the community its new Oncology Center of Excellence from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 on the 5th floor of Medical Plaza A, 617 23rd St., Ashland.

Members of the public are invited to come tour the beautiful 23,206 square-foot facility and meet the team of physicians and other professionals at the Center.

The Oncology Center of Excellence at King’s Daughters will open in early October, providing patients with access to treatment, education, dietary consultants, social workers, pastoral care, financial counselors and more — all in one convenient location. The center also provides infusion services to patients with hematologic conditions.

Designed for the utmost comfort and convenience of patients and their family members, the Center features:
  • 13 exam rooms
  • 28 infusion bays with comfortable seating, access to TVS, and flexibility to allow for privacy or interaction with family/other patients during the infusion process
  • Two private education/counseling areas for patients and family members to meet with health professionals to discuss aspects of care
  • Family lounge and registration area with fireplace
  • Physician offices
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Conference room to enable the multidisciplinary team of health professionals to meet regularly to discuss patient care.
“The Oncology Center of Excellence will improve access to care and make the entire treatment experience more convenient and more comfortable,” said Darlene Shaffer, RN, Oncology Service Line leader.

“Our goal is to bring nearly all of the services that a patient undergoing treatment for cancer might need to one convenient location,” said hematologist/oncologist Chad Taraboulous, M.D., of KDMS Hematology and Oncology, the practice of Drs. David Goebel, Galena Salem, Vinay Vermani, Taraboulous and nurse practitioner Eva Joseph.

Construction on the new Center began last fall. “Patients have been so supportive during this renovation. It’s a really big upgrade for us, and for them, and they know that it will pay off,” Dr. Taraboulous said.

“The Oncology Center of Excellence will allow us to develop partnerships with cancer programs that enable us to bring oncology subspecialists to the area and eliminate the need for patients to travel outside the community for evaluation and follow-up care,” said Kristie Whitlatch, King’s Daughters president/CEO.

King’s Daughters cancer program has been continuously accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for 21 years. The medical center provides treatment for than 600 cancer and 500 hematology patients annually.

Funding for the Oncology Center of Excellence is being provided, in part, by the annual Rocky Adkins Cure for Cancer Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the past several years of the Tournament — $450,000 — are being used to build the center. State Rep. Rocky Adkins, himself a cancer survivor, sponsors the golf tournament every year to advance cancer treatment in his district. Funds from the 21-year-old tournament have also been used to purchase King’s Daughters Mobile Mammography Unit.