MCMH Center for Oncology & Hematology
At Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Center for Oncology and Hematology, our goal is to provide patient centered and holistic healthcare. At our Red Oak cancer treatment center there is a Nurse Practitioner on site Monday through Friday and our medical Oncologists are available two days a week. Our providers are located in the Infusion Center, making communication between staff and providers seamless. The Infusion Center features heat and massage chairs for your comfort and overlooks the Serenity Garden. MCMH + Clinics is also proud to be a member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers with staff certified by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. In addition to professional collaboration, we provide modern treatment with state-of-the-art equipment for the best possible outcomes by providing our patients with:
- Chemotherapy treatments by trained, competent, and compassionate nurses
- Comprehensive up-to-date Medical, Oncology, and Hematology services
- Oncologist to ensure treatment and patient support
- Multidisciplinary team approach for patient-centered-care
- Advanced Practice Clinician and trained oncology nurses supervising all infusions and treatments
- Advanced Practice Clinician who works closely with your primary care provider will initiate and provide genetic counseling, survivorship care plans, and follow-up appointments
- A patient advocate who provides patient support, medication needs, and assistance in finding financial resources
Our Oncology, Hematology, & Infusion Services
We offer chemotherapy and infusion therapy provided by a team of professionals for you and your family. Our patients' comfort and well-being are our primary concern while receiving care. Infusion therapy is an effective way to administer medication that may otherwise be difficult for the patient to take. It can also be used for chronic illnesses and to help patients manage their conditions by staying on a regular schedule. Infusion therapy can be defined as the administration of fluids and medications through a needle or catheter into the bloodstream. This allows for a more direct route of delivery to the body and a faster onset of effects so patients can better utilize their medicine and enjoy more benefits from it. Infusions are commonly used for drug administration in cancer treatments, to help treat infections, respiratory problems, and other ailments including
- Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line Care
- Vascular Access
- Blood Transfusions
- Infusions for multiple chronic conditions including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Organ Transplant, Osteoporosis & Asthma Support Services & Programs
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Our Holistic Healthcare Approach & Support Services
At MCMH Center for Oncology and Hematology, total patient care is the goal of our medical oncologists and entire healthcare team. The dedicated at staff at MCMH + Clinics works collaboratively with multiple departments to ensure the best possible outcomes. All resources and personnel are located conveniently at the Red Oak Main Campus. Our team's emphasis is on:
- Health education
- Your emotional support
- Problem solving and goal setting with you and your family as active participants in your treatment plan
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Who will be on your oncology and hematology support team?
An oncology team is a large, multi-disciplinary team that can include the following members: oncologists, physicians, radiographers, pathologists, dietitians, advanced practice nurses, nurse navigators, chaplain or religious support, Pharmacists, physical therapists and nursing assistants. A MCMH Center for Oncology and Hematology, we provide holistic healthcare to our patients and compile a team including:
Our patient advocate provides education regarding cancer issues, counseling, and emotional support. The patient advocate will work with you to find community resources and support, and assistance with financial applications, medical forms, and advanced directives.
Trained Registered Oncology Nurses
Our trained registered Oncology Nurses are on the front lines of chemotherapy delivery, providing education, side effect management, and emotional support to patients and their families.
A Registered Dietitian provides nutritional guidance and helps identify diets that could help maintain strength, improve tolerance to treatments, and decrease adverse side effects of treatment.
The onsite pharmacy staff prepares chemotherapy and treatment-related medications.
Cancer Support Groups & Programs
Total patient care is not just providing medications needed to heal the body, it is also providing care and support for the emotions that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Patients, caregivers, and their families are encouraged to utilize our services to achieve the best possible outcome.
Cancer Survivor Support Group
The Cancer Survivor Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 11:30am in the MCMH Conference Room. A cancer diagnosis brings questions, fears, and unknowns. This group provides an opportunity to discuss cancer-related issues with people coping with the same type of situation in a relaxed environment.
Journeys Grief Support Group
Journeys is a support group that provides a safe, supportive atmosphere to learn about and understand the grief process, to share grief experiences, and to search for a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life. The six-week class is held multiple times throughout the year. There is no registration fee. For more information contact Judi Erickson at (712) 623-7288.
"In September I began my journey with ovarian cancer. I had been to a Gynecology Oncologist specialist in Omaha. When asked where I wanted to get my treatments, he said Red Oak was excellent, and he had great experience working with this oncology team.
This department works like a well-run team. While you might think people who work with cancer might always be serious, every staff member has been upbeat They have chosen to have a positive attitude. Even when I am getting blood, there are smiles and laughs and concern. All have been so good about answering all questions and keeping a fun atmosphere during any procedure.
You do not need to be in the oncology unit very long before you know they enjoy each other and “play” together. One month they were setting different personal goals each week and assisted each other. At least two nurses went to hand out candy at Halloween at a community walk. This is contagious for the patients and lets us have fun too. I love they have chosen to use Superhero band-aids for every patient, young and old. We all like to “play.”
When each member is with you, you feel you are their only patient. It may be the social worker who is lavishing gifts to make the journey more comfortable. It may be the little whisper of “I’m praying for you,” that means so much. It may be Dr. Breier giving a little hug after the months of treatment. Each person has been present for me. I always felt like I was very informed of what was happening. The day after my first chemotherapy procedure the office called to check on how I was doing, made some suggestions to assist with discomfort, and was so supportive. Every time I come, for bloodwork or chemotherapy, I am asked about how I have felt, what they can do to assist, and answered the questions."
Their knowledge, professionalism, and expertise were always evident. With every infusion I was told what I was being given and what it would do. Any “off feeling” was valid and it was adjusted to make it better. When I got to spend the day with them for my 70th birthday, I went back to my chair, they had put up birthday streamers and posters. Each patient is special to them.
Our Experienced Medical Oncologists Serve Red Oak, Iowa & Beyond
At MCMH Center for Oncology and Hematology we are committed to providing excellent patient centered holistic healthcare and support to our community. Our providers' experience and expertise combined with the support services provided by multiple departments is the reason MCMH is the preferred location for cancer treatments. If you have cancer, are a cancer survivor, or know of someone that would benefit from any of the services we provide, please call our department and arrange to meet with us. If you are looking for any educational materials or a speaker for an event, we can help you.