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Patient Empowered Care®: You are at the center

Our Patient Empowered Care® model puts you at the center of your treatment, so you and your family can focus on healing.

Each time you have an appointment, your medical oncologist, clinic nurse, registered dietitian, naturopathic oncology provider and nurse care manager come to you. By meeting with your cancer treatment team in one room, you get answers to your questions and enjoy greater comfort, convenience and privacy.

patient empowered care

How does this approach improve my cancer care?

Our patients have told us they feel more in control of their treatment when they get all of their questions answered in a single visit. Having a dedicated team provides many benefits, including:

  • Greater efficiency: Every time you schedule a visit with your medical oncologist, appointments with the rest of the team are scheduled automatically in a single block.
  • Added convenience: Instead of going from one appointment to the next, you stay in one room and your doctors come to you, one at a time.
  • Patient empowerment: You get all of your information and questions answered in a single setting. And your team communicates about your treatment plan throughout the appointment.
  • Better communication among your doctors: Your team communicates in real time about your treatment, and makes adjustments or orders additional testing during your appointment.
  • Less stress and wasted time: Scheduling with all of your doctors is fast, easy and automatic, so you are not waiting for long periods of time in between appointments.

Your Integrated Team

Meet our doctors and other care providers

We combine advanced cancer treatment with supportive therapies to create your integrated treatment plan. Your dedicated team of cancer experts communicates daily and works together to provide you with exceptional care – all within our hospital.

Medical Oncologist

Your medical oncologist monitors the traditional medical focus of your treatment plan. From presenting treatment options to monitoring your physical health, your medical oncologist works with your care team to make sure your treatments are working together and that your medical goals are being achieved.

Ritwick Panicker
Ritwick Panicker, MD, FACP
Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

Care Manager

When you come to our hospital, we’ll assign a care manager to be your point of contact throughout treatment. Your care manager will be there 24/7 to help with appointment scheduling, connecting with your doctors and whatever else you may need.

Susan Brown
Susan Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
Care Manager

Naturopathic Oncology Provider

Naturopathic medicine uses natural and non-toxic therapies to create a healthy environment both inside and outside your body. Your naturopathic oncology provider focuses on natural remedies to assist with side effects, boosting your immune system, supporting normal metabolism and improving your overall quality of life.

Daniel Kellman
Daniel Kellman, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Oncology Provider

Other Experts

In addition to the core members of your care team, other experts are available to further support you during treatment. These other clinicians focus on:

  • Spiritual support
  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Image enhancement
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic care
Michael Langham
Rev. Chip Gordon
Director of Pastoral Care

Mind-Body Therapist

We believe treatment goes beyond traditional medicine, as your psychological and emotional well-being may impact healing. Your mind-body therapist is available to assist with individual, couples and family counseling, as well as relaxation, laughter therapy and other ways to heal your mind, body and spirit.

David Wakefield
David Wakefield, PhD
Mind-Body Therapist

Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Good nutrition is essential to keeping you strong as you go through cancer treatment. Your dietitian will create a personalized nutrition plan, focus on managing side effects, recommend supplements to improve your use of calories and help find foods your body can tolerate during treatment.

Brooke McIntyre
Brooke McIntyre, RD, LD
Clinical Oncology Dietitian

Learn more about Patient Empowered Care

What is Patient Empowered Care?

Learn about the benefits of receiving integrative care from a team of cancer experts in a single appointment.

Learn about Patient Empowered Care

Listen as our clinicians describe the benefits of Patient Empowered Care and how a typical visit to our hospital works.

A new kind of appointment

Discover how we put you, the patient, at the center of your cancer care. We help you save time and minimize stress by bringing your doctors to you.

A team approach

Discover how we work together as a team to deliver personalized and fully integrated care.

A dedicated team

Your Patient Empowered Care team has one purpose in mind – your well-being. They communicate on a regular basis and you see the same people every time you come for an appointment.

Daily team meetings

Each morning, the Patient Empowered Care team meets to discuss each patient’s care. As a result, everyone knows the patient's needs for that day and we don't have to ask the same questions.

Cancer experts working together

Learn how a typical visit to the Patient Empowered Care clinic works. Watch how our doctors and clinicians work together to provide streamlined, seamless care under one roof and make treatment decisions to fight cancer and maintain your quality of life.

A visit to the clinic

Watch as patient, Maria Watson, visits the Patient Empowered Care clinic. See how her team works together to treat her lymphoma, both before and during her appointment.

Clinicians together in one place

Learn how the layout of Patient Empowered Care keeps clinicians just a few feet away from each other, all dedicated to the same purpose – to treat our patients like family.

More time with your care team

Our goal is to give you a higher quality visit, where your questions are answered and you feel empowered about your cancer treatment. Patient Empowered Care helps our patients feel more in control.

One appointment, one room

As a patient, you don’t have to worry about finding your next appointment. Our clinicians come to you, so you can focus on your treatment with less stress.

A personalized treatment plan

a personalized treatment plan

Our doctors work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and diagnosis.

Why patients choose CTCA

why patients choose ctca

More than 95 percent of patients who have treated at CTCA are likely to recommend our hospitals to people they know.

What to expect

what to expect

We help plan all of the details of your first appointment, from insurance verification to travel arrangements.