Inspira Health cut the ribbon on a leading-edge cancer center near the intersection of Routes 55 and 322 in Mullica Hill on the same campus where a new hospital was opened a few weeks ago.
The cancer center brings together medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, along with a full complement of support services. It will provide comprehensive expert care with a dual focus on clinical excellence and providing an outstanding patient experience.
“We have been committed to reducing the burden of cancer on our community for decades,” said John DiAngelo, president and chief executive officer of Inspira Health. “With this state-of-the-art new cancer center, we bring together all the cancer experts, services and programs to provide the greater Gloucester County community with exceptional oncology services. From education, prevention, detection and research, to treatment, support, and survivorship, our new leading-edge cancer center will reduce the burden of cancer on the communities we serve,” said DiAngelo.
The Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill Leading-Edge Cancer Center will expand the geographic scope of Inspira’s cancer program in South Jersey.
Inspira’s Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion in Vineland has provided the greater Cumberland/Salem County region with comprehensive cancer services since 2010. The cancer pavilion has been the hub of cancer research for Inspira and will continue to actively enroll patients in clinical trials. Inspira’s formal cancer services date back to 1979 when the region’s first cancer center opened in the old Millville Hospital.
The design of the new cancer center included recommendations from cancer patients and their loved ones early in the process so it could be incorporated during the design phase.
“Our goal is to make the cancer journey as easy and comfortable as possible for our patients and their families,” said DiAngelo.
Inspira’s cancer center will bring the latest treatment options, including clinical trials, to the Mullica Hill campus. Patients and physicians will have access to immunotherapy; targeted therapies, which seek and destroy specific tumor cells; chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Consultations with surgical oncologists will also take place in the cancer center, with surgical oncology procedures being performed in the adjoining hospital. Cancer risk assessments, a high-risk cancer program, genetic counseling and complementary therapies will also be offered in the new center.
Inspira has partnered with Gilda’s Club to bring additional support and complementary services to the cancer center. The community organization for people with cancer will provide onsite services including weekly support groups and individual meetings to provide assistance and answers to newly diagnosed patients. They will also provide educational resources, and help Inspira’s cancer services team organize complementary services such as yoga, massage, art therapy and journaling.