A $100,000 gift from Pensacola developers Quint and Rishy Studer to the Baptist Health Care Foundation will be used to expand the Infusion Center at the Baptist Cancer Institute, hospital officials announced Monday.
“We are thrilled to be able to support the renovation and expansion of Baptist’s Infusion Center,” said Rishy Studer. “It is our hope that the new infusion center will help make a very difficult time in a patient and familys life a bit more private and comfortable.”
The Baptist Infusion Center facilitates infusion services for a wide variety of specialties other than oncology chemotherapy, including cardiology, antibiotic, rheumatology, osteoporosis and gastrointestinal. This project will separate chemotherapy infusions from the existing infusion center, allowing for more space and convenience in patient treatment areas, officials said.
The project is expected to be completed late summer 2017. The Studers’ contribution will fund furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new area located on the ground floor of Baptist Medical Tower 3. New infusion chairs and an additional family member chair and TV for each chemotherapy treatment bay, along with individual adjustable accent lighting for each bay will be purchased in order to provide a more comfortable experience for patients and their family members.
“The Baptist Cancer Institute is very excited to support the growth of our Oncology program with a new chemotherapy infusion department,” said Bryan Taylor, director of general surgery/oncology service lines, Baptist Health Care. “Fighting cancer is hard enough. Our patients deserve a place that promotes an experience that gives them the best chance to do just that. Creating a calm, relaxing environment to receive therapy, which promotes the overall well-being of the patient is what we aim to achieve.”
The newly renovated Infusion Center will also include a pharmacy to support the education of patients and staff as well as improve the overall safety and quality of the experience.