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Yuma Regional Cancer Center Officially Opens for the Yuma Community
State-of-the-art facility celebrated by patients, families and community members
Yuma, AZ – July 25, 2014 – Today, cancer patients, their families and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Yuma Regional Cancer Center, located at 2375 S. Ridgeview Drive. The 38,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility provides Yuma with a comprehensive cancer care program.
In 2012 Yuma Regional Medical Center launched the “Dream Big” initiative, asking the Yuma community to submit their ideas and dreams for local cancer care. From adding complimentary services such as massage therapy, to local access to clinical trials to increasing space for family members, this feedback guided the planning of location, patient flow, customer service, amenities and even the design of the building.
“Our dream for patients is to help them fulfill their dreams,” says Dr. Gregory Yang, Oncologist and Medical Director at Yuma Regional Cancer Center. “Whether it is to get well enough to climb Mount Everest, see their daughter finish college, see grandchildren born or see their son win the big game. We hear these requests every day and it becomes our reality.”
The celebration today included self-guided tours, where hundreds of community members viewed each floor of the new facility. On each level, guests were given bites or fruit infused water, listened to music or watched a video, making today a sensory experience and serving as a reminder to appreciate the gifts in everyday life.
Services at Yuma Regional Cancer Center include open, semi-private and private infusion rooms, an oncology pharmacy, laboratory, massage therapy, the American Cancer Society Resource Center, hematology, rehabilitation center and a pain management program. The new Cancer Center program includes seven oncologists, as well as a physicist, infusion nurses, radiation therapists, nurse navigators, pharmacy staff, clinical assistants, financial staff, registration staff, supportive care staff, schedulers, medical record specialists, cancer registrar, lab staff and administrators. In five years, it is projected that the Cancer Center will have more than 60 full time employees.
“The new Yuma Regional Cancer Center truly is owned by this community,” said Camie Overton, Acting CEO for Yuma Regional Medical Center. “Your ideas and feedback were valued and incorporated into our plans to bring comprehensive cancer care to Yuma. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this facility and this program. From our oncologists to our architect, builders, administration, staff and community members, this is a dream come true.”
Yuma Regional Cancer Center is a free-standing department of Yuma Regional Medical Center with five medical oncologists and two radiation oncologists, providing comprehensive cancer care for Yuma County and surrounding areas. The program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as the American College of Radiology. Yuma Regional Cancer Center has been a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network since December 2012, offering our patients and physicians access to advanced medical information and physician collaboration. Other services offered by the Yuma Regional Cancer Center include: medical oncology, radiation oncology, pharmacy, lab, support services, patient navigators, complementary therapies and clinical research. For more information, visit www.yumaregional.org/cancercare.