September 23, 2018
Robert R. Cawley, D.O.
Dover, NH 03802
The Seacoast Cancer Center is welcoming patients into a newly expanded and renovated center that offers more comfort and privacy for patients and families and room for the addition of new services and technology.
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital became a subsidiary of Massachusetts General Hospital in early 2017. Together, the two hospitals are developing opportunities to enhance cancer treatment options for patients right here in our community.
With more services comes a growing team. Care in the Seacoast Cancer Center involves many caregivers, including board-certified medical and radiation oncologists working in collaboration with oncology certified advanced practitioners, specialty clinicians, nurse navigators, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists, integrative therapists, and palliative care physicians, to provide complete, personalized care and expert treatment every day.
“The expansion of our cancer center was undertaken, in part, to create needed space for these services and clinicians, and to support our future growth. The Seacoast Cancer Center is regionally recognized for its quality and patient-centered service, and our hospital’s investment will assure that we continue to provide the very best cancer care in our community,” says Susan Gallagher, RN, BSN, JD, Assistant Vice President of Cancer Services.
During the first phase of construction, the hospital’s former birth center became the new cancer infusion area. This area on the 2nd floor now includes 28 new infusion spaces – each decorated in neutral tones with soothing beach scenes, space for visitors, and personal comfort controls to create a sense of calm for patients receiving treatment. This area also incorporates space for our oncology pharmacy, team-centered clinical areas for nursing staff, and separate spaces for advanced practitioners and other support team members so they can be in close proximity to patients during their visits.
During construction, all medical oncology services including office and infusion room visits were temporarily relocated while renovations on the first floor proceeded.
“Phasing of the expansion and renovations was necessary to avoid any interruptions in patient care,” says Gallagher. “It was not easy for staff and our patients and it required a lot of team work and patience, but the outcome will be well worth the challenges.”
The newly renovated first floor of the cancer treatment center begins welcoming patients this spring. The former infusion area is now an expanded laboratory, new medical oncology exam and treatment rooms, and physician offices. This area will also be home to Massachusetts General Hospital specialty cancer clinics and a new, state-of-the-art technology room (pictured above) for tele-conferencing with other area hospitals and experts at Mass General. The technology room was designed and built with support from the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation and our generous donors.
“We are so appreciative of the funding and support we receive from our hospital and the donors to the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation who recognize the needs of our cancer patients and programs,” says Barbara Civiello, MD, Director of Medical Oncology.
Along with the expansion of our medical oncology and adjunct services, our radiation oncology department also installed a new linear accelerator in 2017. The new Varian Edge is the first of its kind in New England and offers many cancer patients the very best radiation therapy available with the latest technology, precision and speed they expect in their care. The impressive equipment is housed in a specially shielded room that is also designed for comfort and tranquility during visits that can be otherwise stressful over many days of treatment.
Your cancer care means the world to us. The Seacoast Cancer Center’s team of highly specialized caregivers is dedicated to providing exceptional cancer care, every day.
For more information, call (603) 742-8787 or visit wdhospital.com/cancer.