TREATING ONCOLOGIC EMERGENCIES
A cancer emergency department is among the unique features of the new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, opening in 2014.
The James Cancer Emergency Department (ED) will be contiguous with the traditional Ohio State Wexner Medical Center ED. “It will be among the first fully integrated cancer EDs in the nation,” says Richard Goldberg, MD, physician-in-chief at the OSUCCC – James.
“The cancer ED will provide specialized emergency oncology care,” says Thomas E. Terndrup, MD, professor and chair of Emergency Medicine. “Those who arrive with a trauma or heart attack will be treated in the Wexner Medical Center ED, coordinated when appropriate with their cancer history and James staff.”
ED physicians trained in oncology will staff the department, along with a dedicated team of nurses. They will be expert in treating such oncologic emergencies as treatment-associated infections, tumor lysis syndrome, surgical problems such as bowel or kidney obstruction, or pain or weakness due to brain tumors or spine metastases.
“Additional diagnostic or treatment services will be available just an elevator ride away in The James,” says Goldberg, who is also professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and the Klotz Family Chair in Cancer Research.
The department will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will have a capacity of 15 patients, and it will have a waiting room designed for patients with compromised immunity.
“The cancer ED will accept patients treated at other centers, but we will be particularly well prepared for James patients needing emergency care,” Terndrup says.
Cancer ED physicians will open the patient’s electronic chart and immediately learn the patient’s history, treatment regimens and other details. “That permits high-quality, personalized care,” Terndrup says.
“The James Cancer ED, true to the goals of the new cancer hospital, will enable us to maintain coordinated, integrated care of our patients, while optimizing efficiency and quality of care,” Goldberg says.
$19 MILLION RAISED BY PELOTONIA 13 — $61 MILLION FIVE-YEAR TOTAL
This year’s Pelotonia bicycling tour raised a record $19 million for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, pushing the five-year total of the annual grassroots event to more than $61 million.
“Every year, I am humbled by the generosity and tenacious commitment of the thousands of Pelotonia riders and volunteers working to help us reach our goal of creating a cancer-free word,” says Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
“Pelotonia support has been integral to our ability to attract and retain brilliant clinician-scientists; support student and fellowship training; purchase critical research equipment; and fund the new big ideas that will help us better understand each person’s unique cancer.”
Pelotonia 13, held Aug. 9-11, attracted a record 6,723 riders from 41 states and nine countries, along with 3,451 virtual riders and more than 2,300 volunteers. Riders for the tour chose from assorted routes between central Ohio and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Team Buckeye, Ohio State’s official superpeloton, had a record 1,178 Ohio State riders in 90 pelotons, 614 virtual riders and 122 volunteers. Its fundraising total stands at nearly $2.3 million.
Thanks to generous sponsors – including Huntington Bank, Limitedbrands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide Insurance, Cardinal Health, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Kenyon College and Scotts Miracle-Gro – 100 percent of every dollar raised by Pelotonia supports cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.
Pelotonia 14 is scheduled for Aug. 8-10. Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014. For more information, visit http://pelotonia.org.
US NEWS & WORLD REPORT RANKS OSUCCC—JAMES 20TH IN THE NATION
U.S.News and World Report has ranked the OSUCCC – James among the top 20 on the magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer care.
This year, U.S.News placed the hospital at No. 20, a significant jump from last year’s impressive ranking of 25th. This is the 15th consecutive year that the OSUCCC – James has earned a place on the magazine’s prestigious list of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cancer care. The James first made the list in 1999, less than a decade after it opened in July 1990.
The U.S.News 2013 rankings, featured online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals, are based on clinical outcomes, patient safety, national reputation and more. Rankings are based on data collected annually from thousands of hospitals by U.S.News. The cancer program is among 10 medical specialties at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center that U.S.News ranked among America’s best in 2013.