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High-Quality Cancer Care Comes to Hazleton With Opening of LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton

With one snip of a giant scissors to a ceremonial ribbon, people with cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania gained a formidable partner on their road to recovery as the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Cancer Center–Hazleton (384 Airport Beltway) officially opened yesterday.

“Before this building was remodeled, it housed a retail fireworks store which sold products so people could celebrate various occasions with a bang,” says Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton president John Fletcher, who officiated the grand-opening ceremony. “Going forward, we’ll be looking to help people celebrate as well by assisting them with tools and guidance to triumph over cancer.”

The LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton will provide local resources for people in the Greater Hazleton area who are battling cancer, and also provides access to LVHN’s complete cancer team, which has been delivering high-quality cancer care in the Lehigh Valley region for almost 40 years. LVHN’s cancer centers care for more than 3,000 new patients each year.

People with cancer in the Greater Hazleton area also will benefit from LVHN’s upcoming collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center, the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, in the MSK Cancer Alliance. This alliance is designed to improve LVHN patients’ access to the latest and most effective cancer treatments and highest caliber cancer care.

Starting in early 2016, LVHN cancer patients – including those who receive care at the LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton – will have expanded access to MSK clinical trials as well as the latest discoveries in cancer research. LVHN physicians will meet with and discuss their more complex cancer cases with MSK physicians, who have experience in treating different and rare forms of cancers, as well as related blood disorders.

“LVHN was invited to join this alliance because of our dedication to delivering high-quality, consistent cancer care and because of the proven expertise of our physicians and medical teams,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN president and chief executive officer. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring those benefits to the patients of the LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton.”

Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG)–Hazleton hematology oncology providers will be on site at the 6,600-square-foot facility, which will feature nine infusion chairs and eight examination rooms as well as an on-site pharmacy.

“One of the key components of treating cancer is working with the patient and the family,” Evans said. “We’re there to ensure the patient is prepared for cancer care and that begins with our treatment at this center.”

The following services will be available at LVHN Cancer Center–Hazleton :

  • Infusion services including:
    • Chemotherapy and therapeutic infusions
    • Transfusion services
    • Therapeutic phlebotomies and injections
    • On-site draw station
    • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-approved tests
  • Support services including:
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Financial coordinators

Hours at the new center will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.