An Outreach Partnership: Providing Radiation Therapy Services in a Rural Community

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165549
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An Outreach Partnership: Providing Radiation Therapy Services in a Rural Community
Author(s):
Flowers, Kathy
Author Details:
Kathy Flowers, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Abstract:
Providing radiation therapy services to patients in rural communities presents many challenges. Often it is difficult for patients to endure the side effects of daily radiation treatments and tolerate long distance car travel. Long distance travel also imposes inconveniences to caregivers who provide transportation for patients receiving radiation therapy as travel time may account for half a day or more over a span of several weeks. Hospitality houses and local hotels offer some respite to long distance patients and caregivers, but they are not without cost and they remove the patient from their support systems and comforts of home. Our radiation department treats many patients who travel long distances to our cancer center because there are no radiation therapy services available to them in their communities. Recognizing the need to provide radiation therapy services in a geographical area that did not provide these services, our cancer center embarked on a collaborative effort with a rural hospital to establish a radiation oncology facility in their community. In March 2000, the Regional Cancer Center at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, opened a radiation therapy facility in Elkin, North Carolina, about 40 miles from Winston-Salem. The new radiation center has fulfilled a need for patients who previously had to travel long distances to receive their daily radiation treatments. Patients are consulted for simulation and treatment planning at our cancer center but are able to receive their radiation treatments closer to home. This collaboration has enhanced our oncology service line by improving access to radiation therapy services for patients. Furthermore, this partnership has allowed our cancer center to maintain caregiver status for our traditional market and prevent market penetration by other profit and non-profit oncology centers. This joint venture has also served to demonstrate the benefits of communication and collaboration between comprehensive cancer centers and regional cancer centers in meeting the needs of oncology patients within the communities they serve. This presentation will provide an overview of this unique outreach project including planning initiatives, partnership collaboration, operations data, and future goals.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Outreach Partnership: Providing Radiation Therapy Services in a Rural Communityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorFlowers, Kathyen_US
dc.author.detailsKathy Flowers, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165549-
dc.description.abstractProviding radiation therapy services to patients in rural communities presents many challenges. Often it is difficult for patients to endure the side effects of daily radiation treatments and tolerate long distance car travel. Long distance travel also imposes inconveniences to caregivers who provide transportation for patients receiving radiation therapy as travel time may account for half a day or more over a span of several weeks. Hospitality houses and local hotels offer some respite to long distance patients and caregivers, but they are not without cost and they remove the patient from their support systems and comforts of home. Our radiation department treats many patients who travel long distances to our cancer center because there are no radiation therapy services available to them in their communities. Recognizing the need to provide radiation therapy services in a geographical area that did not provide these services, our cancer center embarked on a collaborative effort with a rural hospital to establish a radiation oncology facility in their community. In March 2000, the Regional Cancer Center at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, in partnership with the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, opened a radiation therapy facility in Elkin, North Carolina, about 40 miles from Winston-Salem. The new radiation center has fulfilled a need for patients who previously had to travel long distances to receive their daily radiation treatments. Patients are consulted for simulation and treatment planning at our cancer center but are able to receive their radiation treatments closer to home. This collaboration has enhanced our oncology service line by improving access to radiation therapy services for patients. Furthermore, this partnership has allowed our cancer center to maintain caregiver status for our traditional market and prevent market penetration by other profit and non-profit oncology centers. This joint venture has also served to demonstrate the benefits of communication and collaboration between comprehensive cancer centers and regional cancer centers in meeting the needs of oncology patients within the communities they serve. This presentation will provide an overview of this unique outreach project including planning initiatives, partnership collaboration, operations data, and future goals.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:20:40Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:20:40Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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