Infusion Center at Western
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If chemotherapy is part of your individualized cancer treatment plan, you will visit our Infusion Center. The center, which overlooks the Arizona landscape, includes 24 chairs in the main area and two private rooms which are assigned based on special needs.
When you arrive at the Infusion Center, a nurse will greet you and direct you to a chair of your choosing. Once you are comfortable, your nurse will begin administering a specified amount of chemotherapy medication—prescribed by your medical oncologist—intravenously. All chemotherapeutic solutions undergo stringent safety checks provided by our hospital pharmacy staff and our nursing staff.
Though chemotherapy is the most common reason for visiting the Infusion Center, you may also visit the center to receive the following:
- Blood products
- Intravenous antibiotics or pain medication
- Total parental nutrition (TPN)
Infusion Center Amenities
The Infusion Center chairs were designed by La-Z-Boy with the input of CTCA patients. These wide, reclining chairs contain layered pillows that can be adjusted for maximum comfort. A heated gown is available in each bay in case you get cold.
During your visit to the Infusion Center, you can watch television, talk on the phone, take advantage of free wireless Internet, or meet with a member of the complementary medicine team, such as a mind-body therapist. You may also order a complimentary meal via our Skylight ordering system, which you can access from your television.
Kellie Stanger, Manager of the Infusion Center, says, “We have a great design in the department. Half-walls surround each treatment bay, which allows our patients to have a sense of privacy, but not feel isolated. The center is surrounded on three sides by large windows that provide a beautiful view.”
Meet the Infusion Team
Kellie Stanger leads the Infusion Center staff, which currently consists of three oncology-certified nurses and one nursing assistant. The team’s goal is to create a relaxing environment during the infusion process.
Stanger brings expertise from a decade in nursing, including several years as the manager of an intensive care unit. Her compassion aligns with the values of CTCA—to treat patients like family members. Stanger explains, “I came to CTCA because I was drawn to the Mother Standard of care and the clarification it provides when deciding the ‘right’ thing to do for patients.”
“I am extremely blessed to have a staff that is not only clinically excellent, but also displays a high level of compassion for the patients that are treated in the Infusion Center. It makes my job highly rewarding,” says Stanger.
Infusion Center Hours
The Infusion Center is open during the following hours:
- 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Friday
Based on your needs and your care team’s orders, you may visit the Infusion Center during our extended hours on weekdays from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. – midnight or on weekends from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. These times are covered by on-call nurses.