February 3, 2016

St. Elizabeth Hospital opens new Cancer Center


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(APPLETON, Wis.) — A new cancer center in Appleton opened on February 1 as construction on the St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center is complete. Construction began on the east side of the campus in October. The new cancer facility is at the center of a new regional approach to cancer care in the Fox Valley which includes the St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and Calumet Medical Center. All three hospitals are members of Affinity Health System (AHS) and Ministry Health Care (MHC), a healthcare ministry of Ascension.

The St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center is 12,000 square feet and offers state-of-the-art technology, 25 private patient rooms and a community space with natural light. The amenities include an expansion of treatment areas and exam rooms that will provide more private, comfortable spaces for patients and their families. Each patient room includes artwork embedded with inspirational quotes, local art and photos capturing the history and heritage of our surrounding communities. There is also a serenity room that offers a quiet place for patients and families to experience program offerings such as meditation, reiki, healing touch and massage.

"The St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art facility that offers clinical excellence and innovative cancer care," said Monica Hilt, Regional Vice President for Ministry Health Care’s Eastern Region. "We’re honored to offer the new cancer center to patients in the Fox Valley."

The entrance to the new cancer center includes a drop-off zone which gives patients easy access to the care they need. The new construction includes dedicated parking spaces for the new cancer center.

The community space which includes natural light is one of the many highlights of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center. "Our goal is to treat the person, not just the disease and the community space will allow patients the opportunity to communicate with others going through similar challenges," said Jean McDonald, Regional Director of Oncology Services, Affinity Health System. "The natural light in the community space is being created to assist the patient as studies have shown it can lift their spirits."

The cancer center care team is comprised of an interdisciplinary group of providers, care givers, and support staff with the goal of promoting a coordinated and seamless care experience that empowers patients to achieve optimal health and wellness during their treatment.

Green Bay Oncology (GBO) will provide medical oncology and hematology services across Ministry’s Eastern Region and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center will work closely with GBO to provide patients the most advanced cancer treatment available. The National Cancer Institute has designated GBO as the region’s longest participant in its renowned Clinical Oncology Research Program. The program includes clinical trials to evaluate new cancer treatment options, and identifies new ways to detect, diagnose and treat cancer. Through this program, patients have access to groundbreaking new treatments, often years before anyone else. Green Bay Oncology is one of only two program participants in Wisconsin.

The 12,000 square-foot cancer center was made possible with the support of local community donors, associates and clinicians.


About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care (www.ministryhealth.org) (which includes Affinity Health System) is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and 10,000 associates, including 700 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. In 2013, Ministry Health Care joined Ascension, the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. In that same year, Ministry became part of Integrated Health Network (IHN), which represents more than 5,000 physicians, 500 clinics and 42 hospitals in northern, central and eastern Wisconsin. IHN was created to improve the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare services in the markets served by its members.

Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics, and five Ministry hospitals are ranked in the top 10 in the state in Medicare’s Hospital Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Network Health, co-owned by Ministry Health Care and Froedtert Health, has received 4½-star recognition by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its Medicare Advantage plans.

About Ascension Wisconsin
Ascension Wisconsin includes Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee and Ministry Health Care in Appleton (which includes Affinity Health System), with 19 hospitals and hundreds of sites of care across the state. Together, the health systems employ more than 14,000 associates. In fiscal year 2015, Ascension Wisconsin provided $145 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty.

About Ascension
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons in poverty and struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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