Caring for those with cancer in the southeast is going to get a little more comfortable with the announcement coming out of today's Radiothon at the St. Joseph's Hospital.
"St Joesph's Hospital and the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation," shared Travis Frank, St Joseph's Hospital Foundation interim director, "are very excited to announce that going forward in 2018, we're going to be revitalizing our chemotherapy room. Currently, it is just a very small room with three chairs for our patients. We're going to be completely expanding it, moving it to a new location just off of the ER Waiting Room."
"It will be more than three times the size if not more than that. It will have individual spaces for our patients with sliding walls so they can open it up and converse with other patients or have some privacy which something they don't currently have the opportunity to do."
There will also be individual TVs as well as chairs for family or friends to sit with the patient.
"Because it is right off of the ER wing, we also have the ability to sell the naming rights for this which is part of our revitalizing campaign. We've done this with a number of places in the hospital. We'll be selling those for $50,000 or $5,000 over ten years and that goes on sale effective today."
"It will allow you to leave a legacy for our hospital which for our hospital, is important."
"The new space will be wonderful, anyone who has had to go through our chemotherapy department knows that we've always tried our best to make it as comfortable a space as possible but the new space will really improve that for people are going through a difficult time in their lives. We want to make it as comfortable as we can."
"A positive environment is always great. St Joseph's Hospital's slogan is 'A Welcoming Healing Place.' I think that's exactly the message we want to send with this new chemotherapy room, to give people a comfortable place to go through their procedures as they need them and that's what we're going to be able to do."
He added that the hospital has undergone many renovations to move away from a cold, institutionalized environment to more of a home-feel.
"We try to make it feel more like a home because for some people, unfortunately, this does become their home for a period of time. We want to make sure that they're comfortable while they're here."