Ketchikan Medical Center opens new infusion therapy suite

3/4/2014

​PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center unveiled its new infusion therapy suite during a recent grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Community members, caregivers and local leaders, including U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, toured the newly remodeled space. The suite, located on the second floor of the hospital, was funded entirely by donations.

“I think it’s a credit to this community that given what you’re faced with from a budget perspective, that this community has made a commitment to say this is a public health service that we want to make sure is provided,” said Sen. Murkowski. “Not only at the infusion center, but all that you are doing with the hospital. I think it speaks volumes.”

The new space is dedicated solely to infusion therapy services used to treat a number of diseases, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, anemia and osteoporosis. 
 
The infusion therapy suite offers patients greater privacy in a serene environment. It also includes a private room for consulting with doctors or therapists.

Renovation of the space began last fall after the $200,000 needed was raised through individual donations, state funding, business donations and more.
 
Infusion Therapy Coordinator, Deb Davis, RN, says that she looks forward to having this dedicated space to care for patients.

“Sometimes patients aren’t feeling so great when they’re receiving treatment, so it will be so nice for them to have a space that caters to their needs: comfortable chairs with space for a loved one to join them, a good cup of tea or coffee, a private bathroom, windows overlooking the narrows, and so much more. I am so happy that we’ll be able to give our patients this kind of caring experience.”