The staff members at the Cancer Center provide a secure and supportive place for patients to receive vital cancer treatment.
Earlier this year, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center announced the opening of a Cancer Center on the second floor of the hospital campus to provide outpatient care and treatment here in the community. Services include: diagnosis and consultation; medical oncology and hematology; personalized treatment plans; and infusions, transfusions and chemotherapy.
Treatment is overseen by Hematology and Medical Oncology Physicians David Lam, MD, (left) and Todd Kliewer, MD, (right) who are supported by a caring, skilled staff. Extra care is taken to provide a comforting environment and connect patients with community resources that can help them in their journey, says Weslie White, RN, Director of Oncology Services. “The support provided at St. Mary’s is not just about the medicine, but everything that goes with a cancer diagnosis,” she says.
A Smooth Transition to the Cancer Center
Stepanski (right) spends time with Betty Collingsworth, RN, during a visit to the Cancer Center.
Gwenn Stepanski, who lives in Woodward, Okla., was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly five years ago. Since then she’s experienced cancer in her liver, lungs, abdomen, stomach and sternum, which has resulted in 12 different types of chemotherapy. Stepanski drives an hour and a half every other week to Enid for her treatment.
After her Oncologist, Francisco Dexeus, MD, retired at the end of last year and St. Mary’s opened its new Cancer Center, Stepanski says St. Mary’s seemed like the best place for her to continue her treatment. “All of my radiology procedures and scans had been done here so it just made sense,” she says. She also felt comfortable with the oncology nurses, many of whom had come to St. Mary’s from Dr. Dexeus’ office.
Stepanski started seeing St. Mary’s Medical Oncologist Todd Kliewer, MD. “From the first time I met Dr. Kliewer, I liked him,” she says. “I just feel comfortable here.”