New Infusion Center, Cancer Care Reimagined
Arriving for his appointment at the new Infusion Center at Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in March, donor, patient and former Atlantic Health System Trustee Bob Mulcahy couldn’t believe his eyes. A spacious room, full of natural light immediately put Mulcahy, a member of Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s Philanthropy Council at ease, and, to his delight he was led to a private space to sit during infusions while still being able to see his care team.
“There was an air of calmness about the whole experience,” Mulcahy said. A year ago, when he began receiving treatment, the Infusion Center was often more crowded and wait times for appointments were sometimes longer. The renovation and expansion changed all that.
From January through March, more than 4,500 patient visited the Infusion Center, up 15 percent from 2019. Twelve new infusion chairs are available for a total of 36, with both open and private set-ups, as some patients enjoy interaction while others prefer privacy.
Lydia Nadeau, RN, MBA, executive director, and Eric Whitman, MD, medical director of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care met with health care team members and patient advisory groups for advice in the design process. Recliners for patients, a comfortable chair for family members, iPads, blanket warmers and music, pet and art therapy were all non-negotiables and are reﬂected in the new design, promoting a healing experience and patient-centric care.
“We are creating a resource that will be treasured by the community for years to come,” Dr. Whitman said.
Pictured above: President of Morristown Medical Center Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, and Peter Simon, representing the Simon Family Foundation, at the Infusion Center Virtual Ribbon Cutting & Tour on October 27, 2020 at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.
Special thanks to all of our donors who contributed to the Infusion Center. While the Infusion Center is open, the fundraising for the three-phased renovation of Carol G. Simon Cancer Center continues. Learn More or Give Today.