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Patient Empowerment Highlighted at CTCA

By K.J. WEBB
Editor at Large

WHOLE HEALTH FOCUS: Cancer Treatment Centers of America, 10109 E. 79th St., aims to treat cancer by treating the whole person, instead of just the disease. That includes an entire range of clinical care, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and imaging as well as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and spiritual support.


EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers


Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) was founded in 1988 by Richard J Stephenson, following the death of his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, from cancer.

Known for delivering the Mother Standard of care and Patient Empowered Care, CTCA has five hospitals nationwide located in the metropolitan areas of Tulsa, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Atlanta. In addition, an outpatient facility is located in Seattle.

The Tulsa CTCA hospital is located at 10109 E. 79th St. and is a notable asset to the community for both medical and economic reasons. It is approximately 307,000 square feet and provides treatment to patients from all over the country.

CTCA’s integrated approach to cancer treatment involves the whole person, not just the disease. According to CTCA-Tulsa Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Nader, “We use leading technology and treatments to aggressively treat cancer. At the same time, we support patients with nutritional therapy, mind-body medicine and other therapies, because we know that managing side effects of cancer treatment is half the battle.”

CTCA offers surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and imaging combined with nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and spiritual support.
One of CTCA’s primary goals is to create a hospital environment that is warm and welcoming for both patients and family. This is achieved through providing 43 in-patient rooms and 153 outpatient accommodations that are as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Discounted rooms are also available at nearby lodging facilities.

CTCA takes patient nutrition seriously. The highly trained chefs use mostly organic produce and all natural meat and poultry, in addition to wild salmon. The result is healthy, nutritious cuisine for patients and visitors. Additionally, the goal of CTCA’s team of licensed registered nutritionists is to help restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary recommendations during treatment, so patients stay strong and can continue with their cancer treatment.

Other amenities offered by CTCA are a variety of activities and classes, a full-service spa that offers haircuts and coloring, manicures and pedicures, skin care and facials, and more. The 2,512-square-foot fitness center is open to both patients and caregivers and is equipped with a full range of equipment. The Children of Our Patients Program provides resources and age-appropriate activities to assist children in coping when a loved one receives a cancer diagnosis.

Patient satisfaction results evidence the success of CTCA’s integrative approach to cancer treatment and care. Last year, 98.5 percent of patients were satisfied with their overall experience at CTCA. Additionally, the hospital earned a Net Promoter Score of 96.5 in an industry where a score over 60 is considered stellar.

When asked what makes CTCA so successful in both clinical care, and patient experience, Dr. Nader says, “Our Patient Empowered Care model puts the patient at the center of care. The patient has a team of experts and professionals who work together to create the best care plan personalized to each of our patients.” Care teams include a medical oncologist, clinic nurse, registered dietician, naturopathic oncology provider and nurse care manager. The full team is present at every patient appointment to ensure consistent care and continuous communication. Dr. Nader adds that the Patient Empowered Care model provides greater efficiency, convenience, patient empowerment, improved communication and less stress.
“Treating the whole person is vital to providing the highest level of care and to maximizing positive patient outcomes,” says Dr. Nader. “CTCA is committed to providing superior integrative and compassionate care, discovering and providing innovative therapies that heal the whole person, improve quality of life and restore hope.”

For more information about CTCA, visit cancercenter.com.

Updated 06-24-2013

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