BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will be the first cancer center on the West Coast of the United States to own all the latest oncology products from Elekta, including Impac and CMS software.
Rex Hoffman, M.D. is Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will be located. He says the groundbreaking for the new Center was held in October 2007. "We're very excited to bring this state-of-the-art cancer center to the San Fernando Valley (California). The Center is on schedule to open its doors to the community in February 2010." He expects the Center to treat approximately 2,600 new patients every year.
Using one company to provide planning, treatment, and oncology information systems or EMR support can help improve patient throughput, quality of care and efficiency. When it opens, the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center will house an Elekta Axesse(TM) for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) and two Elekta Infinity systems for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), an innovative way to deliver radiation treatments which decreases the treatment time without sacrificing quality. The goal of each of these treatment modalities is to maximize the delivery of radiation to cancer cells while minimizing it to nearby normal tissues.
The Center also will utilize Impac and CMS Software, including treatment planning and workflow management solutions, as well as the latest version of MOSAIQ® dedicated oncology information system, which streamlines the entire therapy workflow. "We have been using Impac software since the 1990s so we have prior experience with MOSAIQ," says Dr. Hoffman. "Using MOSAIQ, we have been chartless since June 2008. It seemed natural to simply upgrade."
This electronic medical record (EMR) will not only be in the radiation oncology department, but will be throughout the building allowing physicians and their staffs to be inter-connected. "By sharing the same information, we should be able to optimize communication and processes between the different disciplines involved in an individual's care," says Dr. Hoffman. "In addition, technology also will be used to make the patient's experience more comfortable and personal. We have installed a JCI (Johnson Controls) Ambient Experience allowing patients to control video images, music, lighting and temperature during their radiation treatment."
The Center will be home to a cancer resource center, where patients will be able to research information with the help of a medical librarian and trained volunteers, as well as a pharmacy and a personal appearance center. It also will house the Sheri and Roy P. Disney Center for Integrative Medicine where patients will be able to explore complementary therapies like acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga, meditation and tai chi, along with traditional treatment.
A great deal of emphasis also will be on the program's survivorship program which will help both patients and their families heal from their diagnosis and get some semblance of normalcy back in their lives. Additionally, the Center is collaborating with Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and its medical group to establish an Adolescent and Young Adult program which will benefit both survivors of pediatric malignancies and patients diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 35 by providing services and treatment regimens specific to their needs.
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy and radiosurgery, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care.
Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives, making the future possible today.
Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 5,000 hospitals globally, and every day more than 100,000 patients receive diagnosis, treatment or follow-up with the help of a solution from the Elekta Group.
Elekta employs around 2,500 employees globally. The corporate headquarter is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. For more information about Elekta, please visit www.elekta.com.
About Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, founded in 1943, is a comprehensive not-for-profit health care organization, sponsored by the Sisters of Providence. Composed of 448 licensed beds, the Burbank Medical Center is the largest hospital in the San Fernando Valley, with more than 650 physicians, and 2,000 employees and volunteers on staff. Providence Saint Joseph is known for its state-of-the-art technology and the high quality compassionate care provided by its physicians, nurses and ancillary staff. The Medical Center also offers services through its Cancer Center, Heart Center, Acute Rehabilitation Services, Women's Services and Emergency Department.
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