Renown offers region's only pediatric specialty care|
RENO, Nev. (July 18, 2008) - Renown Health is proud to offer the region's only Pediatric hematology and oncology care served in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic. These services allow children to receive specialized care for major illnesses while remaining in the community. The program brings in highly trained physicians who specialize in treating children and adolescents with blood diseases and cancer, including leukemia, solid tumors and brain tumors. The service is driven by physician referrals.
Most recent to the program is Robert Raphael, M.D., pediatric hematologist/oncologist, based at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. He now joins Caroline Hastings, M.D, in traveling from Oakland to Renown Regional Medical Center three days per week to care for children with cancer and diseases of the blood. Peter Sun, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, also regularly travels from Children's Hospital Oakland to treat children with brain tumors and other conditions in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic.
The concept emphasizes Renown Health's commitment to world-class care so patients don't have to travel out-of-state for needed treatments.
"It makes such a difference to our patients and their families to have access to the care they need close to home," said Dr. Raphael.
Nearly 350 children living in northern Nevada need hematology and oncology care. Necessary treatments like medication infusions, blood transfusions, and chemotherapy may be as frequent as two to three times a week and may last as long as six or seven hours. The travel expense and lodging out-of-state quickly adds up and is not covered by insurance.
With the assistance of the Keaton Raphael Memorial Fund, the Renown Health Foundation has set up a special fund that helps parents of pediatric patients with care-related expenses. To contribute to the Renown Health Foundation, please contact, 775-982-5545.
Childhood cancer is the number one disease-related killer of children. "There are over 45 children diagnosed with childhood cancers each year in our region," said Linda Ferris, Ph.D., vice president of the Renown Institute for Cancer. "And with treatments lasting anywhere from one to five years, that number is compounded to an estimated 150 patients. With the increasing volumes, our Renown Institute for Cancer is working to provide full-time pediatric hematology and oncology coverage to northern Nevada."
Renown Regional was the first hospital recognized by the American College of Surgeons for comprehensive cancer care and has maintained that designation for more than 20 years.
Parents of pediatric oncology and hematology patients are now able to receive medical care close-to-home at the pediatric hematology and oncology clinic. Dr. Hastings and Dr. Raphael are available to treat any hematology and oncology pediatric patient with any insurance source, and will assist all patients to secure referrals and financial assistance, when required.