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HaysMed begins seeing patients in newly remodeled Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute
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The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is now seeing patients in their newly remodeled area. The new space features a more modernized look, enhanced privacy and comfort for patients and new clinical treatment areas. Partial funding of the renovation came from contributions given to the HaysMed Foundation capital campaign, Beyond Medicine.
Patients and visitors now enjoy a new generous central reception area for ease in checking in. There are four additional treatment rooms, two additional exam rooms, larger consultation areas and a designated lab draw room. The new treatment rooms offer patients light open spaces with private treatment options available. The patient library is complete with computer connections and there is a dedicated pharmacy area for mixing medications. In addition, a spacious image boutique is available providing patients with wigs, scarves, turbans, kerchiefs and other head coverings. The exterior of the building also received a significant facelift.
“We are very excited to provide a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience for our patients.” said Bryce Young, Chief Operating Officer at HaysMed. “We are always looking for ways to raise the bar on the care we offer and this remodel is just another way to do that. The number of patients we take care of locally and from all of Western Kansas is steadily increasing and we are committed to making their experience here exceptional.”  
The Radiation Oncology Department is comprised of Dr. Babu Prasad, MD, who sees patients along with the radiation therapists who give the treatments. The radiation oncology department also utilizes the services of medical dosimetrists, a medical physicist, nurses and support staff. They provide state of the art radiation treatment that includes intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) that greatly minimizes side effects to normal tissue.  
Three oncologists, Dr. Sameh Abuerreish, Dr. January Fields, and Dr. Anne P. O’Dea serve as the lead physicians for the Medical Oncology Department at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. Mid level staff includes Diana Staley, APRN-C; and Cameron Williby, APRN-C. Together they provide comprehensive, compassionate, patient centered services including chemotherapy, consultations, second opinions and follow up care. Also part of the staff is a licensed specialist clinical social worker who provides psychosocial support and counseling for patients and caregivers. The Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute is also a Midwest Cancer Alliance clinical research partner.