On July 29th an informational meeting was held in the W.R. Fox Auditorium at Heart of America Medical Center to gain feedback and answer questions from the community about Cancer Care in Rugby.
In July, HAMC was awarded an $112,000 grant from the UDSA and raised over $21,000 during the GSHS Foundation Charity Golf Classic to renovate part of the facility to include a cancer care suite. This private infusion suite will allow for two patients to receive treatment at the same time. Along with an infusion suite, plans to build a pharmacy compounding area certified to make chemotherapeutic medications is also planned.
On average, there are 240 people who have cancer in and around the Rugby community. Many of these people are traveling 120 to 280 miles to receive their treatments.
"Our goal is to collaborate with area hospitals and providers so people are aware they can come home, or closer to home, to receive their care. States Mary Kay Miller, Director of Nursing on Acute.
"The infusion suite will be located where the birthing room once was in the hospital. Our nurses will be certified for this specialized type of treatment and will maintain certification through continuing education. The pharmacy staff who will be producing chemotherapy has already completed their training." Adds Miller.
This project is set to begin in September of 2016 with an estimated completion of early 2017. Patients are encouraged to communicate with their medical providers and care staff if they wish to receive treatment at HAMC.
“I continue to be thankful we have this facility in Rugby.”
Heart of America Medical Center 800 South Main Avenue Rugby, ND 58368 Tel: 701.776.5261 Fax: 701.776.5448 TDD: 701.776.5043