|July 31, 2012
Billings Clinic - Cody expands services for Cancer Care
Medical oncologist and team to provide cancer care to North-Central Wyoming
Cody, WY— Billings Clinic - Cody will expand its services this fall to include medical oncology and infusion for patients in need of oncology care in the North-Central Wyoming Region. With more than 500 Billings Clinic cancer patients residing in the Big Horn Basin area who are currently receiving cancer care at Billings Clinic, Billings Clinic- Cody is creating the Billings Clinic Cody Cancer Program with a full time cancer care team that includes a medical oncologist, a mid-level provider, and nursing staff that is trained to care for the specific needs of patients with cancer.
“We look forward to adding this specialty to our practice at the Cody Clinic. It will not only increase access to advanced cancer care services in Cody, but also this entire region,” said Stephen Mainini, MD, pulmonologist at Billings Clinic - Cody. “Having medical oncology and infusion services available for our patients will advance the support for coordination of multidisciplinary quality care among our team. Our patients will be able to see their medical oncologist in the office next to their primary care physician and they will work together for the coordination of all care for each patient. Furthermore, these patients will be closer to home which means they are closer to the emotional and physical support of family and friends.”
The planning for the expansion of the oncology program at Billings Clinic Cody Clinic has been underway for months and will result in increased access to health care services in the local Cody community and the surrounding region. Having a Billings Clinic Cancer Center presence locally will promise Billings Clinic quality and state-of-the-art care in Cody, such as infusion therapies, national clinical trials and supportive care services. The model of care is a multidisciplinary approach that is patient centric and includes both on-site and telemedicine physician conferences where primary care, oncologists, and subspecialists work together as a team to establish the best plan of care for each patient. All of the physicians are able to effectively contribute to the coordinated plan of care as they all share the same medical record for the patient.
“This is what we do well at Billings Clinic. We provide a collaborative, multidisciplinary, multispecialty approach to care with the patient at the core of our decisions,” said Randall Gibb, MD, gynecologic oncologist and Medical Director for the Billings Clinic Cancer Center. “Our cancer team has heard our Cody physicians and patients loud and clear, and we are responding to meet their needs and the cancer treatment needs of the Cody community and region. With our relationship with the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) through the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program, the Cody Cancer Program will have access to the highest quality and best in nation advanced cancer treatments right in Cody.”
Billings Clinic Cody plans to provide medical oncology care and infusion services starting this fall. Infusion services expect to be available in September and expanded medical oncology services are expected to start in November. The medical oncologist will live in Cody and will be a full time physician working at the Billings Clinic Cody Clinic. Until that physician is established at the Cody Clinic, the current physician oncology schedule with oncologists from Billings Clinic Cancer Center in Billings will continue.