Having healthcare close to home helps save the hassle of having to travel long distances. It can be especially taxing when it’s care you need on a regular basis, like infusion therapy for chemotherapy, or for treatment of advanced diabetes, MS, lupus, Crohn’s disease. Not feeling well simply adds to the difficulty of the long drive. That’s why Prowers Medical Center is pleased to provide infusion therapy close to home.
“People comment on how it’s nice to have infusion therapy here in town so they don’t have to travel, especially those who see providers from Denver, like the VA hospital or University of Colorado. Depending on a person’s circumstance, the VA may allow them to get infusion therapy here,” said Shelby Otto, RN, Infusion Therapy/Infection Control at Prowers Medical Center.
The hospital is happy to coordinate with regional oncologists to administer chemotherapy at Prowers. With a doctor’s order in hand, patients can simply call the hospital and get an appointment to start treatment. Some patients see Dr. Robert Hoyer, an oncologist with UCHealth’s Cancer Center at the Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, making it even more convenient. Dr. Hoyer and Lisa Adams, PA-C come to Prowers Medical Center’s Specialty Clinic twice a month to see local patients. Prowers Medical Center staff can easily coordinate chemotherapy with any oncologist a patient chooses.
“Our cancer patients tend to be on a set schedule—usually every 7, 14, or 21 days—so I work closely with oncologists to coordinate the infusion order for chemotherapy, as well as with other doctors for other therapies,” Otto said.
Chemotherapy infusions are provided by nurses trained in chemotherapy infusion techniques. Depending on whether one medication or two is ordered, the chemotherapy process can take from approximately two to four hours, and sometimes may last most of the day. Other types of infusions can take anywhere from less than an hour to a few hours, depending on what they are for.
Infusion therapy is provided Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. It’s best to make an appointment rather than simply bringing in your doctor’s order. That way, staff can get it cleared through insurance first and pharmacy can get the medication ordered.
“We provide most infusions here at Prowers Medical Center. Since some out-of-town physicians don’t realize we provide infusion services at the hospital , ask your doctor if it’s something you can get here in Lamar,” Otto said.
Infusion Therapy has two rooms, one for general infusions and another for chemotherapy infusions. The rooms have comfy recliners, soft lighting and a television. The preferred activity tends to be chatting with others.
“A lot of our patients already know each other, and if they don’t know each other they enjoy meeting a new neighbor. It’s nice to have a small community where people care about each other,” Otto concluded.
For more information on infusion therapy at Prowers Medical Center, visit prowersmedical.com or call (719) 336-4343, ext. 3604.