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Dr. Van Amburg III Letter

As the year bustles to a close, we would like to take a moment, pause, reflect upon our many accomplishments of 2014 and provide a brief preview for the program improvements coming in 2015.

The patient care provided by the St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care is never static; we are never satisfied with the status quo, but rather continually seeking to improve the care and service provided to our patients. Some of these innovations stem from within, while others are implemented in partnership with other agencies. One such organization is the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons that recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient centered care. As a CoC accredited center, we are constantly striving to surpass the high standards established by the CoC with the ultimate goal of providing the best possible comprehensive cancer care.

One area that we have dedicated an extensive amount of time and resources to this year is the development of survivorship care plans. The individualized directives provide a summary of the care patients received while in treatment, and guidelines for holistic, continued care post treatment. Also included are pertinent resources for follow-up care, cancer prevention and overall health maintenance.

Continuing with our theme of overcoming barriers to healthcare and well-being, our other area of focus for the coming year is to identify common stressors that our patients may encounter during their cancer treatment. In that vein, we have implemented a distress screening for all patients who come to the center. The highly-trained staff at the Cancer Resource Center address common stressors that emerge over the course of a rigorous cancer treatment regimen including questions regarding the diagnosis, concerns about the reactions for friends and family, work-related concerns and the added burden of concurrent medical bills.

Our hope is that these initiatives provide support to our patients through all stages of their treatment from the moment they step into our center, and our resolution for the New Year is to continue to achieve excellence in patient centered cancer care.

Al Van Amburg III, MD
MD Chairperson, 2014 Oncology Steering Committee

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