D-F : Open House March 12 for Mayo's Renovated Oncology DepartmentMarch 02, 2007 - TRCDOVER-FOXCROFT - An open house for the newly renovated Oncology Services Department at Mayo Regional Hospital is scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12. The department is located on the first floor of the Old Mayo building.The $52,000 project was funded entirely by donated funds, including a $25,000 grant from the J.M. Hopwood Charitable Trust and $12,500 each from the Plummer Memorial Foundation of Dexter and the Mayo Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Work began in the fall of 2006 and was completed over the past four months.“It has been a wonderful team experience to see how everyone has done their part: Mayo’s Engineering Department, the local contractors and our interior designer,” said Kathy Malatesta, RN, Mayo’s oncology nurse manager. “Much of the work was done on nights and weekends so that patient care was not interrupted.”Mayo’s Oncology Services Department has provided quality medical care to cancer patients since 1978. Last year the department recorded 1,358 patient visits.Department services include inpatient/outpatient chemotherapy, symptom management, pain control, outpatient blood transfusion, public and patient education, coordination of local services (home health, Hospice, support groups) and an equipment loan program. The department’s coordinator is an experienced oncology certified nurse, and all staff nurses are chemotherapy certified RNs.The department’s medical director, Lesley Fernow, M.D., is a local physician board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care, and who is available for weekly appointments to oversee patient care. Oncologists from Cancer Care of Maine, located at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, travel to Mayo to provide monthly oncology consultations.The renovations modernized all areas of the department, including office space, waiting room and rest room, and both patient examination rooms. New flooring and carpets were installed throughout, walls and ceilings were repainted, lighting fixtures and plumbing replaced, and new furniture, appliances, doors, countertops and shelving put in place. Additional artwork was also hung.Building entrances were upgraded, and the entire first floor hallway and stairway serving Oncology and other hospital departments was painted and carpeted.Oncology Services is located in the former Mayo Memorial Hospital. The building was constructed around 1900 as a home for Col. Edward J. Mayo, and was given to the Town of Dover-Foxcroft in 1935 as a bequest from Col. Mayo’s estate.For more information contact:Tom Lizotte, Mayo Regional Hospital, 207.564.4342NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.