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Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital Opens Doors to New Cancer & Infusion Center

2/10/2018

Grand Rapids, MN – The construction crews have left and the temporary walls have been removed. Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital’s new Cancer & Infusion Center officially opens for patient care on Monday, Feb. 12.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – The construction crews have left and the temporary walls have been removed. Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital's new Cancer & Infusion Center officially opens for patient care on Monday, Feb. 12.

The more than six-month renovation process converted existing hospital space to clinical oncology space and infusion therapy bays. The new Cancer & Infusion Center has 12 private and semi-private infusion bays—each with a view to the outdoors—a dedicated pharmacy, and a private entrance and registration area.

The new Cancer & Infusion Center brings together oncologists, nurses and pharmacists in one space so they can work collaboratively to provide personalized patient care. In addition to chemotherapy, patients may receive infusion therapy for conditions such as low iron and rheumatoid arthritis.

This new area is furnished with comfortable recliners as well as beds for longer infusions or patients who are unable to tolerate sitting in a recliner. All the amenities in the new space were driven by feedback from current patients and Grand Itasca's team of infusion therapy nurses.

In addition to opening this new space, Grand Itasca recently hired full-time nurse practitioner Shannon Petroske. Petroske graduated from St. Scholastica with her masters in nursing and specializes in oncology and hematology. She plans to establish a survivorship program as well as a support group at Grand Itasca.

Petroske works side-by-side with Dr. Anastas Provatas, oncologist, who lives in our area but works for University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP). Thanks to his connection with UMP, our patients receive the very best and latest in medical care, right in the community they live.

In fall 2016, Grand Itasca Foundation and the Close to Home Capital Campaign Steering Committee set a goal to raise $2 million of the $4.1 million total project remodel. By the time the construction began in summer 2017, the Close to Home campaign had far exceeded its fundraising goal.

"I have been honored to be a part of this entire project," said Kelly Kirwin, Grand Itasca Foundation director. "Our campaign steering committee worked very hard on this project, and from day one, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity from our community. The theme of the campaign was 'Close to Home' and we're excited to now deliver on that promise by providing cancer and infusion care for our patients right here in our community."

For more information about the Close to Home Capital Campaign, please contact Kelly Kirwin, Grand Itasca Foundation Director at 218-999-1009.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anastas Provatas, oncologist, or Shannon Petroske, NP, please call 218-326-7344.

Jean Hammann, Infusion RN, at New Cancer & Infusion Center Nurses Desk

Anastas Provatas, MD, Oncologist

Shannon Petroske , NP, Oncology

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