By Natalie Head, Anderson Hospital
The year 2016 has proved to be an exciting time of change at Anderson Hospital. With the growth that has taken place this year, the hospital has strengthened its ability to keep healthcare local.
Anderson Hospital’s long-term planning for private patient rooms has come to fruition. The new unit was unveiled at a recent Anderson Hospital Foundation event.
This $7.2 million project required the partnership of the community, as Anderson undertook a $1 million capital campaign to offset a portion of the costs. “The Anderson Hospital Foundation has reached out to numerous individuals and businesses in our community and asked them to help support the Private Rooms Capital Campaign,” said Amy Roller, Capital Campaign Coordinator for the Foundation. “The generosity with which we have been met is incredible.” Thanks to these donors, too numerous to name here, the hospital was more than able to reach the halfway point of its $1 million goal.
Recently, area native and philanthropist, Marcia Billhartz, graciously contributed a transformational gift of $500,000, which helped exceed the goal. Her gift established a name for this new unit, to be known as the Warren & Marcia Billhartz Unit. Anderson Hospital remains profoundly thankful for Mrs. Billhartz’s generous gifts and continued support of the hospital and community.
The new patient unit is made up of 21 state-of-the-art, private patient rooms created with staff and patient input. “Anderson Hospital’s private rooms have been carefully designed to meet the needs and expectations of our staff, patients and their families,” said Lisa Klaustermeier, Chief Nursing Officer. “We’ve gone to great lengths to create a patient room experience that emphasizes comfort and safety.”
“Next year Anderson Hospital will celebrate its 40th Anniversary,” said Keith Page, Anderson Hospital President and CEO. “I can’t think of a better gift to our community than these private rooms to celebrate that milestone.”
While the new patient unit is set to open in October, renovations to convert the existing patient rooms to private rooms will continue through early 2017. “We will continue to raise money for the Private Rooms Campaign to help support several areas within this project that remain to be completed and will extend into 2017,” said Roller. “We will ask the people of our community to help support Anderson Hospital in this endeavor.”
Immediately following the unveiling of the new Warren & Marcia Billhartz Unit, Anderson celebrated yet another milestone through a unique partnership with Mercy (St. Louis). Anderson Mercy Cancer Care was created to bring a unique model of integrated cancer services to Metro-East residents. “Anderson Hospital prides itself on keeping health care local. This partnership gives patients the most convenient access to Mercy’s clinical expertise,” says Keith Page, Anderson Hospital president and CEO. “This integrated model simplifies the options for local cancer patients.”
The new partnership means that Metro-East residents facing a cancer diagnosis now can opt to be treated locally, close to the comforts of home and family. Chemotherapy services began at the center September 19th. Installation of new, state-of-the-art radiation oncology equipment is taking place now with radiation oncology services planned to go live in early 2017.
The new program is led by Syed Arshad, M.D., and features the following:
• A board-certified, experienced team of Mercy cancer specialists including medical and radiation oncologists
• Customized cancer treatment plans
• Integrative therapies in a supportive, healing environment
• Clinical trial opportunities
Syed Arshad, M.D., received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Pakistan and completed an internal medicine residency and medical oncology fellowship at the University of Missouri — Kansas City. Dr. Arshad is board certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine. He provides a full range of high-quality, compassionate cancer care, with special interests in hematological malignancies, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.
As Anderson Hospital continues to grow and meet the healthcare needs of our community, we invite you to get to know us better! Log onto andersonhospital.org to find out about all the quality healthcare services we offer right here, close to home.
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