New Infusion Therapy Suite Now Open!
The last week of February, PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center started seeing patients in a new Infusion Therapy Suite. The Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held the prior week was well attended by community members, caregivers, and city and state representatives including Senator Lisa Murkowski, who participated in the ceremony. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to tour the newly remodeled space on the second floor of the hospital, which was fully funded 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,” commented Senator Murkowski. “Not only at the infusion center, but all that you are doing with the hospital. I think it speaks volumes.”
Infusion Therapy is not a new service to PeaceHealth Ketchikan, but the newly renovated space is entirely dedicated to infusion therapy services, offering patients greater privacy in a serene environment. Infusion Therapy is used in the treatment of a number of diseases including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, anemia, and osteoporosis, just to name a few.
Previously, these patients received therapy in unoccupied spaces in the Intensive Care Unit, which could be less than peaceful at times. The new space is just steps from the elevator, has a private room for consulting with doctors or therapists and enjoys a view of Bar Harbor.
The renovation of the space began last fall after the $200,000 need to renovate the space was raised through individual donations, some state funding, business donations, an award from The Waterfall Foundation, and the proceeds of last year’s SoleStice shoe auction.
Infusion Therapy Coordinator, Deb Davis, RN, says that she looks forward to having this dedicated space to care for patients in the future.
“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.”