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Expansion of Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic complete

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Focus on chemotherapy, clinical research, radiology oncology, patient education area

A significant renovation and expansion of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic (VLCC), located adjacent to the Aurora Sheboygan Clinic on Kohler Memorial Drive, is complete. One unique feature of the VLCC is that Cancer patients can see their physicians and receive advanced diagnostic tests and treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy, all under one roof.

“This expansion will allow us to provide state-of-the art cancer care in a more patient-friendly environment,” said Santhosh Kumar, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist, who is involved in cancer research along with fellow physician Max Haid, M.D. “The increased space will have a positive effect on patient care.”

The expansion includes more stations for patients undergoing chemotherapy and more space for radiation oncology, including a new entrance for radiation oncology patients and a separate waiting room for privacy. The clinic’s main waiting area has been enlarged, and the VLCC now is able to offer space for nutritional services to cancer patients.

“This project will accommodate the continued increase in patients treated at the clinic and allow more space for those undergoing radiation,” said Craig Schulz, M.D. radiation oncologist at the VLCC. “Radiation treatment of cancer will be greatly enhanced by this wonderful expansion.”

An increase in chairs for chemotherapy means greater patient convenience.

“Patients often request particular time slots and require specific appointment days as part of their chemotherapy treatment regimen,” said Dr. Haid. “Adding more chairs for chemotherapy should ease any scheduling conflicts, while creating a more welcoming environment for our patients.”

As an added benefit, renovation of the clinic’s lower level will provide dedicated space for cancer researchers, an employee lounge, a conference room, and office space for radiation therapy staff members.

“Patients and their family members will have more opportunities to learn about cancer, as the Vince Lombardi Resource Library has been expanded and upgraded,” explained clinic administrator Jerry Kamp. “The renovation also gives the clinic staff more space and resources in which to work more efficiently.”

The resource library is now adjacent to the expanded waiting area. This helps patients and their families search for important information they need to make informed decisions about cancer prevention, early detection and treatment options. Patients, families and staff will have more convenient access to the computer-based, cancer information programs, along with the latest videos, books, and other printed information about cancer that can be checked out.

The Sheboygan site was established in 1994 as the first satellite of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Milwaukee. Known then as the Eastern Wisconsin Regional Cancer Center, it represented a collaboration of five respected cancer care organizations in Sheboygan County. The clinic was renamed and dedicated as a Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in 1999. The current expansion project began in August of ‘04.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic is located at 1222 N. 23rd Street, Sheboygan, Sheboygan and is part of Aurora Health Care. Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services in more than 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact:  Mark Kantola (920-451-5351)

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