CAH hosts open house for new infusion center

CAH hosts open house for new infusion center

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Renovated space at Carlinville Area Hospital is now being used to offer cancer patients in the area a local source for treatment.

In the past, local Carlinville Area Hospital patients would have to travel to Springfield or St. Louis to receive the care they can now receive with a simple trip to Carlinville Area Hospital.

An open house for the area which houses the chemotherapy and infusion services was held Thursday evening with dignitaries from Springfield Clinic and Carlinville Area Hospital on hand to showcase the new digs.

Dr. Leonard Giannone, MD is a specialist in Hematology and Oncology at Springfield Clinic’s Cancer Center. He travels to Carlinville on Tuesday each week to deliver chemotherapy with the same attention to quality and safety that patients receive in Springfield.

“There’s been a significant increase in the number of patients we see in Carlinville, especially within the past two years,” Dr. Giannone said. “By offering infusion services here at the hospital, we make treatment more comfortable and convenient, which makes life for our patients and their caregivers so much easier.”

The new services are located in the former Cardiopulmonary Department of the main hospital. It offers a comfortable waiting area and four treatment stations.

Patients should plan to check in with Dr. Giannone prior to each visit. Appointments with Dr. Giannone and the new infusion center should be scheduled with Springfield Clinic by calling (217) 528-7541 or (800) 444-7541.

Carlinville Area Hospital held a open house at its new Chemotherapy/Infusion Services unit of the hospital Thursday afternoon. Those on hand for the open house included, from left, Cal Thomas, Director of Business Development for Springfield Clinic; Roberta Conrad, Oncology Manager for Springfield Clinic; Sarah Skeeters, Director of Operations for Springfield Clinic; Dr. Leonard Giannone, MD specialist in Hematology and Oncology; Debbie Albrecht, LPN at Carlinville Area Hospital; Jerilyn Burns, RN at Carlinville Area Hospital and Ken Reid, CEO of Carlinville Area Hospital.