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ASK THE EXPERT

PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALING
Pharmacy Director Koula Tsahas talks about St. Catherine Hospital's
Infusion Clinic services

Q

What is an Infusion Clinic?
Infusion therapy is any treatment in which medication is
delivered through a needle or catheter.
The Oncology | CyberKnife® | Infusion
Clinic at St. Catherine Hospital is an outpatient treatment center that provides
comprehensive infusion therapy services
in ways that fit into a patient's active life.
The infusion clinic brings under one roof
a collaborative team of highly trained
physicians, nurses, pharmacists, phlebotomists and patient care technicians
to administer individualized treatment

plans for each patient, based on their
doctor's recommendations.

Q

Which services are available
at St. Catherine Hospital?
Our team delivers intravenous
(IV) treatments, including chemotherapy and immunotherapy, and blood
products and medication regiments for
various disorders, including asthma,
rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure,
multiple sclerosis, dehydration and
Crohn's disease. Long-term antibiotic
therapies are also available.

Koula Tsahas,
director of Pharmacy,
St. Catherine Hospital

Q

Can you tell us about some of
the newest therapies?
The clinic offers several new,
targeted therapies and immunotherapy
for patients. The medication, Tysabri®,
treats Crohn's disease episodes and
disability in multiple sclerosis. Another
new medicine, Opdivo®, is available for
use in non-small cell lung cancer and
other types of advanced and metastatic cancers.

Q

What can patients expect?
Patients can expect outstanding
care, comfort and convenience.
The infusion clinic offers a private
entrance, reclining chairs, a flat-screen
TV, Wi-Fi, a phone, snacks and a family
waiting room. Shuttle service is available
at no cost through St. Catherine Hospital's
Care Van program.
Most of all, patients have a nursing
team with more than 50 years of combined experience in infusion therapy
and certified chemotherapy administration who understand the physical and
emotional challenges that affect every
patient and their loved ones. Experience
matters; it is everything! ■
CALL

The Infusion Team
St. Catherine Hospital's Infusion Clinic Team includes (from left) Amer S. Sidani, MD;
Roberta Bach, RN, outpatient coordinator; Bernice Morris, CNA; Chris Dimoff, clinical
staff pharmacist; Koula Tsahas, director of Pharmacy; Aurora Tirado de Zacarias, MA,
oncology general specialist and Maegan Dotson, MA, general specialist.

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Call the St. Catherine Hospital
Outpatient Infusion Center at
219-392-7197 for information.



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