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HaysMed Launches Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center Renovations

HaysMed Launches $3.8 million Expansion of the
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center

Artists Drawing of the Future Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute View from the West

Work has begun on a $3.8 million expansion of the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center.  Phase I, which involves all outside work, began on November 5.  Following completion in March 2013, Phase II, which involves inside work will commence.  The new space will feature a more modernized look, enhanced privacy and comfort for patients and new clinical treatment areas.

Artists Drawing of the Future Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute Treatment and Consultation Area

Patients and visitors will enjoy a new generous central reception area for ease in checking in.  There will be four additional treatment rooms, two additional exam rooms, larger consultation areas and a designated lab draw room.    The new treatment rooms will offer patients light open spaces with private treatment options available.   A patient library with computer connections will be added, along with a dedicated pharmacy area for mixing medications.    In addition, a spacious image boutique will be available providing wigs, scarves, turbans, kerchiefs and other head coverings.  The exterior of the building will also receive a face-lift.

"We are excited that we will be able to provide a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience for our patients.  We are always looking for ways to raise the bar on the care we offer and this upgrade is just another way to do that. " said Bryce Young, Chief Operating Officer at HaysMed.  "The number of patients we take care of locally and from all of Western Kansas is increasing and we are committed to making their experience here exceptional."

The Radiation Oncology Department is comprised of Dr. Babu Prasad, MD and Babe Breit, ARNP-C who see patients along with the radiation therapists who give the treatments.    The radiation oncology department also utilizes the services of medical dosimetrists, a medical physicist, nurses and support staff.  They provide state of the art radiation treatment that includes intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) that greatly minimizes side effects to normal tissue.  

Three oncologists, Dr. Sameh Abuerreish,  Dr. January Fields, and Dr. Anne P. O'Dea serve as the lead physicians for the Medical Oncology Department at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute.  Mid level staff include Amy Glover, PA-C;  Diana Staley, APRN-C; and Cameron Williby, APRN-C.  Together they provide comprehensive, compassionate, patient centered services including chemotherapy, consultations, second opinions and follow up care.

The Dreiling /Schmidt Cancer Institute has recently added a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker to provide psychosocial support and counseling for patients and caregivers.  The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is also a Midwest Cancer Alliance clinical research partner.

 Artists Drawing of the Future Breast Care Center Reception Area

In addition to the Dreiling/Schmidt expansion, the Breast Care Center (BCC) will be moving from Oak Park to a new area at HaysMed located just inside Entrance C, the Main Entrance.  Starting early in 2013 renovations of the area will begin.  Once completed,  patients  will have access to American College of Radiology (ACR) certified digital mammography, ACR certified ultrasound for breast and breast biopsy,  breast MRI,  stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound guided breast biopsy all located at the hospital.

This allows patients to complete routine breast exams and imaging tests at the same location.  In addition the BCC also provides risk analysis for women who have not been diagnosed with cancer along with genetic counseling and testing.  Survivors will be afforded more in-depth health monitoring and counseling for lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.  Any side effects resulting from cancer treatment can also be monitored.  The breast care center will also provide education, host guest speakers and special events.  Plans call for a patient navigator to help patients coordinate their care.

The BCC is overseen by Dr. Anne P. O'Dea, Oncologist, Medical Director and A. Nichole Spray, ARNP.