Inpatient Cancer Care Unit at Elkhart General
Cancer patients and their families rely on the hospital to serve as a “temporary home.” We designed our unit to be just that: a home away from home. Convenience and comfort is built in for patients, families, physicians, nurses and all others who are part of the caring experience.
Our Approach to Cancer Care
Our goal is to support patients and their families through their cancer journey by offering state-of-the-art medical care, up-to-date treatments and medications and access to the latest in imaging technology, accompanied by personal and spiritual guidance. We have oncology certified nurses that ensure high-quality care is delivered to our patients.
About Our Unit
Relaxing, pleasant earth tones reinforce the home-like atmosphere. And, just as you have complete freedom to come and go in your own home, so it is with our unit. There are 24-hour visiting hours.
Our unit offers 20 private rooms, four of which are positive pressure rooms that protect patients with depressed immune systems and two of the rooms are lead-lined for patients who have just completed certain types of radiation therapy.
Additional space enables us to care for surgical oncology patients who formerly were cared for on a general surgery unit. These patients and their families will benefit from the centralized, dedicated cancer support and treatment services on our unit. Improving both access and privacy, an elevator is exclusively dedicated to taking patients from our unit to Radiology on the first floor and Radiation Oncology on the lower level.
In addition to the Main Reception Desk, which includes an adjacent area with computerized work stations for physicians, four satellite nursing stations are situated among the patient rooms to expedite access and improve communication.
Our unit can be found by taking elevator C to the 4th floor of the hospital. To reach our unit by phone, call 574.523.7982.
Each of the 20 private patient rooms is equipped with a Bose® Wave® Radio, DVD player, LCD television, a refrigerator, recliner and a sleeper sofa for overnight guests. To enhance personalized care, rather than contacting a central number, the bedside call button is programmed to contact the cell phone carried by the patient’s nurse. The bedside computer in the room allows physicians and nurses to review the patient’s record and to update it instantaneously.
Adding to the relaxing ambience of both the patient rooms and the entire unit is a unique TV system that displays a series of beautiful nature scenes overlayed by classical music. This feature is optional within the patient rooms and will play continuously on a large screen located in the hallway.
For Families and Friends
To make visitation easy and comfortable, special attention has been paid to the needs of family members.
A Family Dining Room includes a kitchen with a sink, microwaves, refrigerator and a large table where families and patients can enjoy a “home-cooked” meal.
Additionally, a Great Room with a fireplace and a large, wall-mounted flat screen television with attached DVD/CD lends itself to casual, relaxed gatherings. Also available in this room for use by families are two computer workstations with Internet access. For those with laptops, wireless access is offered throughout the hospital.
We offer open visiting hours: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. One family member is welcome to spend the night in the patient’s room.