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Letter from Dr. Van Amburg
We are proud to bring you the 2013 Annual Report highlighting some of the work and accomplishments at the St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care. Our newly-renovated Center has now been completed for several months and from what we hear from patients, families and physicians, it offers what we hoped - a place of healing where patient convenience and comfort is our main focus. We would also like to extend deep gratitude to our dedicated colleagues whose hard work and caring transforms the lives of those in our community everyday.

Over the past couple of years, unprecedented progress has been made at our Center. Our new 30,000 square-foot, $6.2 million Center now includes:
  • Warm and inviting patient environment
  • Improved access for patients and their families
  • Streamlined patient registration process
  • Convenient laboratory draw area
  • Comfortable infusion area offering the latest in technology
  • Modern and expanded medical oncology office space
  • Remodeled dressing and waiting areas in the Radiation Oncology Department
  • Healing Garden to promote healing and reduce stress
  • Spacious multi-purpose room for support groups
  • Informative cancer resource library
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to facilitate coordination of patient care between healthcare providers
In addition to these enhancements, the Center was also proud to earn CoC accreditation with numerous accommodations this year. The CoC provides hospitals with standards for quality and multidisciplinary cancer care and verifies the delivery of these principles at accredited facilities. One area of focus for the CoC in 2014 focuses on survivorship plans for all cancer patients. In preparation for this added resource, the Center has purchased additional software which will produce these documents for our patients. The CoC also requires that every cancer patient have a psycho-social assessment performed in the Center. St. Luke's Social Services Department has re-focused staffing in the Cancer Resource Center in order to provide this service. All of these activities continue to improve the support we provide to our cancer patients.

We take great pride in delivering exceptional care to people who are newly- diagnosed or living with cancer because we know they are with us at a time when they need us most. It's our privilege to walk with them on their journey, and we are grateful they entrust their care to us. Enjoy our report as we continue to work on what we can achieve, together, in 2014.

Albert Van Amburg III, MD, Chair
2013 Oncology Steering Committee

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