CKHS to Open New Outpatient Facility in Glen Mills
Crozer-Keystone Health System announces the opening of the Crozer Medical Plaza and Regional Cancer Center in November 2011. Joining the Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake and the Crozer Health Pavilion at Brinton Lake, the new facility continues to expand patient care services in western Delaware County.
Located at 500 Evergreen Drive, next to the original Crozer Medical Plaza at Brinton Lake, the buildings are connected by a covered walkway. The facility will house a cancer center that will include three separate oncology practices, radiation oncology services and an endoscopy laboratory. Crozer-Keystone is part of the Fox Chase Crozer-Keystone Cancer Partnership, and the cancer center will advance that partnership into western Delaware County. The building will also offer specialty practices in pulmonary medicine, behavioral health, dermatology and more.
For Raymond Vivacqua, M.D., medical director of the Crozer Regional Cancer Center and chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, the new facility builds on his existing presence at Brinton Lake and offers a convenient and all-encompassing cancer care experience.
“The combination of important cancer care services and radiation oncology in one facility enhances our ability to treat patients in a more efficient manner,” Vivacqua says. “The facility brings together services that help us care for the whole cancer patient. Within our practice, we’re offering patient care, clinical research, screening programs for lung cancer, patient advocacy, genetic counseling, research protocols for lung, prostate and breast cancers, and the Proactive Energy Program (PEP), which helps patients battle side effects of cancer treatments through physical activity and nutrition counseling.”
The new office of Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC, is an extension of its nationally recognized oncology medical home model — a centralized, coordinated home base for cancer patients. “Just like our three other office locations, our Brinton Lake II office is a fully operational Oncology Patient-Centered Medical Home (OPCMH) site as recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” says John Sprandio, M.D., medical director of the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center and chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “We can now serve a growing patient population with our whole spectrum of OPCMH-related cancer care services. We’re excited to bring this enhanced level of care to a new group of patients, primary care physicians and specialists.”
Hematology Oncology Associates is also opening its fourth office in the new facility. Oncologist Lee Bogart, M.D., along with Andrew Solan, M.D. and Rashmi Sanjay, M.D., will be treating patients there. “At this new site, we see patients for regular visits and there’s an infusion room for chemotherapy. The new building is expansive and modern, and it’s in a great location near restaurants and shopping,” Bogart says.
In its radiation oncology practice, the new site boasts brand-new equipment, including a Varian
Linear accelerator, which features rapid-arc technology that improves the speed and precision of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The machine assists image-guided radiation therapy with the ability to provide multiple forms of imaging, including cone beam CT scans, radiographic, fluoroscopic and ultrasound—all of which help the radiologist locate a tumor more accurately.
“You don’t get more state-of-the-art than this,” says Rachelle Lanciano, M.D., chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at DCMH. “We also have a completely new treatment planning system that is Internet-based so we can share resources and work cooperatively. Our new record and verify systems bring the practice up-to-date with the latest generation of electronic medical records.”
Lanciano is especially excited about another piece of technology: A Siemens PET-CT simulator. “We are one of the earliest facilities in the region—if not the country—to adopt this machine, which gives radiologists assistance in planning radiation beams while tightening the margins for the area to be treated. Basically, the machine can simulate the patient without moving them, so we can base our treatment not just on the anatomy of a tumor but on whether it’s metabolically active,” she says.
The new building will feature an endoscopy suite for the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal problems, including colonoscopy for the detection of potentially cancerous polyps. “We’ve expanded our availability and accessibility, with physicians onsite five days a week,” says Michael Farber, M.D., of Crozer Gastroenterology Associates. “We offer endoscopy in the new facility with a state-of-the-art lab and we’ve added hours on Saturdays to further accommodate our working patients. This also helps our patients avoid having to go to a hospital building for an endoscopy—they can get the test done in a purely outpatient setting.”
Anesthesiologist Ruth Ann Dombkoski, M.D., will serve as co-medical director of the endoscopy suite along with Farber. Farber is looking forward to the opportunity to open up his practice to new patients. “This is a great opportunity and I’m extremely excited to expand the services offered through the Crozer-Keystone system to a new population.”
The new technology within the Crozer Medical Plaza and Crozer-Keystone Cancer Center at Brinton Lake, coupled with the experienced team of doctors working in the facility, makes it a full-service department for cancer care, Lanciano says. “With everything under one roof, patients have choices in their treatment in both radiation and medical oncology. We can also combine modalities for better outcomes.”
William Powlis, M.D., chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Crozer, believes that the building’s very design will encourage better cancer care. “The new facility is set up to help physicians communicate directly while patients are there,” Powlis says. “On a national basis, the current recommendations in cancer care are for a multidisciplinary approach with all of the specialists interacting in a timely fashion. This facility will certainly help move us toward this goal.”
Listing of Practices at the Crozer Medical Plaza and Crozer-Keystone Regional Cancer Center at Brinton Lake
- Behavioral Health: Crozer-Keystone Psychiatry Services
- Dermatology: Associates in Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology
- Endoscopy Laboratory
- Gastroenterology: Crozer Gastroenterology Associates
- Medical Oncology
- Associates in Hematology and Oncology, PC
- Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC
- Hematology Oncology Associates
- Pulmonary: Pulmonary Consultants
- Radiation Oncology: PAL Radiation Oncology Associates, Ltd.
- Urology: Associates in Urology, a division of Academic Urology
For more information about the Crozer Medical Plaza and Crozer-Keystone Regional Cancer Center at Brinton Lake, call 1-855-CKHS-4BL (1-855-254-7425) or visit http://brintonlake.crozerkeystone.org.