Local community and health care leaders gathered in Hillcrest on September 19 to celebrate the naming and opening of the Woltman Family Infusion Center, an outpatient service of Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego that specializes in cancer care and treatment of other health conditions.
The $1.3 million center is made possible by philanthropic support from the community, including a leadership gift from the Woltman family of La Jolla, who have had a long legacy of advancing Scripps’ efforts to provide patients with the latest medical advancements and individualized care. Located in the Mercy Clinic building at 4020 Fifth Avenue, the 3,100-square-foot center shares the fourth floor with Scripps Cancer Center.
Expanded Cancer Care Capabilities
The new center offers 12 patient treatment stations, each with a comfortable recliner chair, seat warmer, Wi-Fi access, and private television. The center also has an on-site pharmacy dedicated solely to the specialized needs of infusion clinic patients, which will help reduce treatment times.
The Woltman Family Infusion Center replaces an eight-station infusion center located on Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego’s ninth floor. Patient care at the center is expected to begin by October 2012.
“We’re grateful for the support of the Woltman family to help bring this important new health resource to the community,” says William Stanton, MD, medical director of Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital. “This center offers a large, comfortable environment for our patients. We’ve also added a research nurse to this center, which opens the door for our patients to participate in clinical trials.”
Serving Various Patient Populations
In addition to providing chemotherapy cancer care, the new center serves patients with neurological, rheumatological and gastrointestinal illnesses. Antibiotic therapy, blood product transfusions, biotherapy and intravenous hydration are also available.
While the Woltman Family Infusion Center will primarily serve Scripps patients, other community physicians also will have access to refer their patients to the new center.
ETC Building & Design of San Diego served as the general contractor for the new center.
Upcoming Scripps Cancer Care Facilities
The opening of the Wolman Family Infusion Center is the latest example of new facilities being built to support cancer care at Scripps. The Scripps Radiation Treatment Center will open for patient care in fall 2012 and the Scripps Proton Therapy Center is expected to open in summer 2013.
Cancer care at Scripps is provided through Scripps Cancer Center, a nationally recognized leader in cancer care, providing comprehensive care at Scripps’ four hospitals and various Scripps Clinic locations. With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible treatment and cutting-edge research trials for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research. (www.scripps.org)