Jamestown Regional Medical Center specializes in state-of-the-art care. And in June 2019, JRMC will specialize in a new area – cancer care.
Cancer has left very few people untouched. In a 60-mile radius, 252 people are diagnosed or pass away from cancer each year. Currently, more than 100 people from the Jamestown region travel 200 miles for a chemotherapy infusion. This may be monthly, weekly or even daily. In Stutsman County, cancer is the leading cause of death for individuals ages 45 – 84.
“Our community has been clear that they want treatment close to home. Traveling long distances for regular treatments and sometimes diagnosis should never be the price you pay for living too far away from a treatment center,” said JRMC President & CEO, Mike Delfs. “The region that we serve have truly stepped up to assure that cancer care is available locally.”
The JRMC Cancer Center opens this summer with a ribbon cutting celebration and open house at 12 noon on Thursday, June 13.
JRMC already offers some chemotherapy infusion services in the JRMC Emergency Department. The 3,200 square foot cancer center will allow the hospital to offer a wider range of treatments in its two exam rooms and six infusion rooms. Those rooms will serve more than 100 individuals a month, saving 500,000 miles of travel each year.
JRMC Cancer Center will provide the following treatments:
- blood or blood products
- iron infusions
- IV hydration/electrolyte replacement
- immunoglobulin therapy
- osteoporosis medications
- Medication for chronic illnesses like arthritis, Crohn’s disease, etc.
In addition to the many treatments available, the JRMC Cancer Center will provide the following amenities to patients and their families and guests:
- variety of coffees and teas
- homemade lap blankets for patients to keep
- Smart TVs, more than 150 cable and music stations, complimentary wireless internet
- Transportation to and from appointments through JRMC’s Driven to Care program
- hotel discounts
- personal care items
- back rubs
- quiet kits that include earbuds and sleep masks
“People in rural communities deserve to have access to cancer care close to home and their support network,” said Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation director. “Thank you for making this possible with your support.”
Infusion therapies require a provider referral. Once a referral is received, the JRMC Cancer Center will contact patients for appointment coordination.
For patients currently receiving infusions through the JRMC Emergency Department, JRMC will review all current outpatient therapy or treatments to determine if the JRMC Cancer Center can accommodate them. JRMC will contact patients regarding the location of their care.
Learn more at (701) 952-1050.