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Chemotherapy Services to Return to Infusion Center

Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center officials announced Aug. 22 that chemotherapy services, which were discontinued at the BCHHC Infusion Center earlier this month, will resume early next year.

 

“We are committed to meeting the needs of chemotherapy patients in our community, and we anticipate that the Infusion Center will resume chemotherapy services by Feb. 1,” Michael Ament, Registered Nurse and Director of Emergency and Infusion Services, said.

 

Chemotherapy services were discontinued due to unexpected staff turnover that included nurses transitioning to other departments, resignations and retirements. Due to the staff turnover, BCHHC worked with patients to have their chemotherapy care transitioned to another provider until additional staff could be hired.

 

The administration of chemotherapy drugs requires a registered nurse certified in the administration of chemotherapy. Ament said Monday that three BCHHC registered nurses are currently undergoing training and certification for chemotherapy services.

 

In addition, Ament stressed, the Infusion Center remains open for all other services, such as IV antibiotics, blood transfusions, allergy shots and wound therapy.

 

Visiting oncology physicians continue to see patients in the BCHHC Specialty Clinic Department.

 

“We apologize for this disruption in service,” Ament said. “We want to thank our patients for their understanding and patience and we look forward to once again providing their chemotherapy care.”

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