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Wilmot, Highland Expand Collaboration in Oncology Care

East 5 OncologyWilmot Cancer Institute and Highland Hospital recently expanded their collaboration in oncology to include admissions of some patients to Highland’s newly renovated East 5 unit. The move will help address the need for beds when the units at Wilmot Cancer Center are at capacity, and it will ensure patients continue to receive high-quality inpatient oncology care.

Highland is already home to Wilmot outpatient medical and radiation oncology clinics, an infusion center, and surgical services for gynecologic oncology and breast surgery.

For the new Wilmot Inpatient Solid Oncology Service at Highland, Wilmot’s medical oncologists will co-manage the care of certain patients who are admitted for issues such as nausea, dehydration or infections with a specially trained team of Highland’s hospitalists and nurses. These patients will be evaluated in the emergency department at Strong or in Wilmot Cancer Center’s outpatient clinic, and Wilmot will arrange for their transfer to Highland.

“At Highland Hospital, we’re constantly striving to bring the best and most compassionate care to our cancer patients and their families,” said Cindy Becker, vice president and COO of Highland Hospital. “This move will ensure that oncology patients and their families feel comfortable whether their hospital stay is at Strong or at Highland.”

“The Wilmot Inpatient Solid Oncology Service at Highland consists of a collaborative team of health care providers, specializing in hospital medicine, geriatrics and oncology,” said Chunkit Fung, M.D., medical director of the Inpatient Solid Oncology program. “This is a strong team with solid expertise, and we are very excited to begin this new collaboration. It allows us to expand our clinical capacity while providing seamless, high-quality care for our patients at Wilmot and at Highland.”

The staff on East 5 are experienced in providing oncology care, as the unit has historically served gynecologic oncology and other cancer patients. The unit was recently renovated, creating a welcoming, seamless experience whether patients are cared for at Strong Memorial or Highland hospitals.  The team at Highland also brings decades of experience and expertise in palliative care and geriatrics.

“Outstanding co-management has been our standard for Highland for oncology, hospital medicine, and palliative care. We are thrilled that patients will now be able to experience the state-of-the-art care of the Wilmot Cancer Institute in the atmosphere of a community hospital like Highland,” said Daniel Mendelson, M.S., M.D., Highland Hospital associate chief of Medicine.


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