Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Open House for New Infusion and Chemotherapy Suite

Grinnell Regional Medical Center welcomes the public to view the new chemotherapy and infusion suite, which opened at the end of June. GRMC will host the open house on Tuesday, July 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Guests may tour the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite, located on the first floor of GRMC near the lab. The new space houses six chemotherapy stations, which doubles the number of patients who may receive treatment, compared to the old chemotherapy room.

“The suite is more inviting for patients and allows for more room for staff and patients,” says Todd C. Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “The space includes a refreshment station, lounge for family members who accompany patients, and a much improved nurses station for better observation and care of patients. A highlight is the way the room incorporates botanical, natural light and d├ęcor to create a welcoming environment.”

In the design phase, GRMC choose to have local Iowa artist, Lee Emma Running, incorporate art into the original design. The art blends natural colors and botanicals into the physical space through etching in the glass windows, three-dimensional art on the walls, and even the use of color for the floors and walls.  

During the open house, Todd Linden, GRMC president and CEO, will recognize staff, donors, and key dignitaries involved in the creation of this space, at 5:30 p.m. Guest will have the opportunity to listen to a special program on the art installation by Running, Grinnell College associate professor of art, who created the soothing environment. 

GRMC will also offer demonstrations of the daVinic® robotic surgical unit in the surgery waiting area. Guests may sit at the counsel and experience a hands-on demonstration of this advanced technology.
Named after the major donor, the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite provides state-of-the-art setting with special chairs, creature comforts, and technology to care for patients needing treatments. The infusion therapies offered include nearly all chemotherapies, and common other infusions like Reclast, Remicade, antibiotics, hydration fluids, iron, blood product administration, and injections.


The GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite is located on the first floor of the medical center, on the north side. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to speak with a chemotherapy nurse, call 641-236-2395.

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