Pottsville Pa. ,
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LVHN Cancer Center–Schuylkill Advances Access and Cancer Treatment to Residents of Schuylkill County

Facing a cancer diagnosis has a profound impact on a person and their family as they seek the best care. For local residents, treatment options took a giant leap today with the introduction of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) Cancer Center–Schuylkill.

The LVHN Cancer Center–Schuylkill is located on the newly renovated third floor of the East Norwegian Street campus. It provides a range of services including infusion, pharmacy and consultation. In addition, a new medical practice, Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Hematology Oncology, is open and treating patients. Both the Cancer Center and LVPG Hematology Oncology are part of Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute.

“This is a significant day in the lives of people diagnosed with cancer and seeking treatment in Schuylkill County,” says Brian A. Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, President and Chief Executive Officer of LVHN. “This facility provides access to quality cancer treatment near home, near loved ones and near their support network. That’s critically important in the fight against cancer. This center also gives patients access to all the services and programs of Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, which means access to leading-edge technology and cancer treatment options other hospitals can’t provide.”

The LVHN Cancer Center team not only offers the best and most appropriate treatment plan for patients, care includes education and emotional support for patients and caregivers.

The LVHN Cancer Center–Schuylkill comprises:

  • Eight-chair Infusion Center
  • Laboratory blood draw services
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Video-teleconferencing capability with the cancer care team at the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar CrestAccess to all hospital and health network services and physician specialties
  • Covered, reserved parking

The center will provide treatment for a variety of cancers such as pre-cancerous blood disease (pre-leukemia), nonmalignant blood diseases, chemotherapy and therapeutic infusions, transfusion services, therapeutic phlebotomies and injections. Support services such as nutritional counseling and financial counseling are also available. A nurse navigator will help guide patients during their care.

“The progress we have made here means great things for local patients battling cancer,” said Suresh Nair, MD, Physician-in-Chief, Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute. “In Schuylkill County, we are not only taking cancer care to the next level, we’re giving you access to superior cancer care. We’re giving people with cancer hope. We’re saving lives."Appointments to the practice can be made by calling 888-402-LVHN (5846). Physicians and other primary care providers can also refer patients to the hematology oncology practice or to the Cancer Center.

Nair introduced the members of the team at LVHN Cancer Center–Schuylkill. Michael Evans, MD will serve as Medical Director of the Cancer Center and will also practice at LVPG Hematology Oncology–E. Norwegian Street. He is joined by hematologist oncologist Harvey Hotchner, MD, hematologist oncologist Dan Popescu, MD, physician assistant Abby Zimmerman, PA-C, practice manager Cynthia Ruch, RN, as well as a team of support personnel.

Michael Evans, MD

  • Medical school – St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Internal medicine residency – University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Hematology/Oncology fellowship – University of Maryland Greenbaum Cancer Center
  • Board certifications – Medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine

Harvey Hotchner, MD

  • Medical school – American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
  • Internal medicine residency – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hematology/Oncology fellowship – Nassau University Medical Center and SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • Board certifications – Medical oncology, internal medicine

Dan Popescu, MD

  • Medical school – Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Internal medicine residency – Pinnacle Health System
  • Hematology/Oncology fellowship – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Board certifications – Medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine

Abby Zimmerman, PA-C

  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – Lock Haven University
About LVHN

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 18 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Special Surgery give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 10,000 procedures performed since 2007. Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report for for five consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter.