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Dr. Lance Bush, pulmonologist, left, and Alicia Grant, assistant administrator at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle, discuss the benefits of the hospital’s new chemotherapy infusion unit, relocated to the third floor of the hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion. It officially opened to patients on Feb. 25. An open house for employees and physicians to tour the facility was held Thursday, March 7. The unit can accommodate up to 23 patients at one time compared to eight patients at the former location in the first floor Baptist Cancer Center-Golden Triangle.

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Baptist Cancer Center – Golden Triangle opened its new chemotherapy infusion center to employees and physicians during an open house on March 7. The newly renovated space, on the third floor of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle’s Outpatient Pavilion, officially opened to patients on February 25.

The new center more than doubles the square footage of the old chemotherapy infusion area and can accommodate up to 23 chemotherapy patients. It includes four private patient areas and four isolation rooms. The old space could only accommodate up to eight patients and included only two private rooms, according to Cancer Center Director Tom Bailey.

“The center is more inviting for patients and allows for more room for staff and patients. It also allows for each patient to have a family member come with them to treatment if they want,” said Bailey. “We encourage our chemotherapy patients to bring a family member with them,” he added.

Regular medical oncology and radiation patients will continue to be seen in the Baptist Cancer Center – Golden Triangle. Existing oncology clinic services will expand into the space formerly used for chemotherapy infusion in the first floor center, Bailey explained.

The new chemotherapy infusion center follows another expansion in oncology services by Baptist Golden Triangle. In late 2012, the hospital and Baptist Medical Group, the physician practice arm of the Baptist system, opened a cancer and cardiology clinic in Starkville. The clinic offers chemotherapy for up to eight patients at one time, oncology and cardiac clinic services by a staff medical oncologist and cardiologist. The clinic is located at 104 Hospital Drive in Starkville, Miss.

The Starkville clinic makes oncology and cardiac services more convenient for patients who live west of Columbus, according to Baptist Golden Triangle Administrator Paul Cade. “It is especially better physically for those patients taking weekly chemotherapy treatments to be able to take their treatments in Starkville than to have to come to Columbus,” Cade added.

With 315 beds, Baptist Golden Triangle is the largest regional hospital affiliated with the Memphis, Tenn.-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system. With physicians and surgeons representing almost every medical specialty practicing at the hospital and more than 1,000 health care employees, Baptist Golden Triangle offers a wide range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages.

In addition to the Baptist Centers for Cancer Care – Golden Triangle, the hospital offers a variety of services to the community, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an emergency room with 24-hour ambulance service, an extensive rehabilitation department including cardiac rehab and educational programs.

For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit http://goldentriangle.baptistonline.org or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Baptistgoldentriangle.

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