Hospital to provide more than 9,500 infusion treatments in new, state-of-the-art center (sponsored) | TheUnion.com

Hospital to provide more than 9,500 infusion treatments in new, state-of-the-art center (sponsored)

Amy Abt
Special to The Union

Nevada County locals Howard and Peggy Levine could not have anticipated the incredibly important role the infusion center at Dignity Health Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital would play in their lives.

Earlier this year Peggy was diagnosed with leukemia, and she now routinely goes to the hospital to receive infusion therapy. And she's not alone – each year 9,500 infusions are given to patients at SNMH battling cancer, Crohn's Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, multiple sclerosis and other conditions and diseases.

The hospital is currently working to expand its infusion center with a larger, more state-of-the-art treatment space slated to open in the fall of 2017.

The new infusion center will feature updated equipment in a calming and comfortable environment complete with natural lighting and a view of the surrounding foothills.

It will also include a centralized nursing station for individual attention and timely service. Common spaces are designed to provide a place for patients to connect with each other, including a nourishment area where patients can help themselves to healthy snacks and beverages.

Additionally, a pharmacist will be located in the department to assist with patient questions and review infusion regimens with patients and their families.

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According to SNMH Ambulatory Treatment Center Manager Lauren Swinney, infusion therapy can be time-consuming, often lasting several hours. The new center will give patients a place to relax as they receive treatment.

"We've seen that a sense of community is so important for patients and their family members going through treatment.

The new suite will allow patients to choose a private bay, or a more open environment where they can interact with others and find support from patients and family members who understand what they are going through," shared Swinney.

Oncologist David Campbell, M.D., agreed that the new center will make a wonderful addition to his patients' quality of care.

"This new center will help treat our patients in an efficient manner, allowing family members and loved ones to be by their side," said Dr. Campbell. "It will help those battling life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, focus on their healing process in a comfortable setting, without having to leave their community."

Local nonprofit Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation is raising funds for the new infusion center and, according to Executive Director Kimberly Parker, the campaign will continue through summer.

SNMHF is currently collaborating with the 10th Annual John Kane Penny Pitch to benefit the infusion center project. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m., June 24 at Kane's Bar and Grill Restaurant in downtown Grass Valley. Sponsorships, raffle prizes donations and teams of up to six are still needed. More information can be found at http://www.pennypitch-nevadacounty.com or by calling (530) 477-9700.

Howard Levine – who serves as the mayor of Grass Valley – said he is eager for the new center to be built and is thankful for the comfort the staff at SNMH have provided for his wife.

"The hospital and staff have been incredibly supportive in guiding us through this new journey in our lives," said Howard. "We are excited to see the infusion center expand and offer even more support to those undergoing infusion therapy in our community."

For more information or to make a philanthropic gift toward the new infusion center at SNMH, please visit http://www.supportsierranevada.org/snmhinfusioncenter or call (530) 477-9700.

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.