COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Changes are coming to one South Georgia hospital.
Colquitt Regional Medical Center is making several improvements to address the growing need for oncology patient care.
The changes include more than just an expansion to Colquitt Regional.
For the first time, the hospital has welcomed a new physician who will provide care five days a week, as opposed to just two days.
In about a year, construction will begin at Colquitt Regional Medical Center to bring better care to oncology patients who call Colquitt county 'home.'
"I've been doing oncology here for about 10 years and there is a tremendous gap for people to get quality treatment, up to date treatment, to get it close to home," said Director of Oncology Brian Elliott.
After years of discussing ways to improve care for the thousands of patient who visit the oncology unit, plans have been laid out to include new treatment stations, private rooms, and a private entrance for easier access.
"We actually interviewed several patients and family members before we designed the center," said Elliott. "So we designed it to be conducive to them."
Along with new and enlarged rooms, The Oncology Department at Colquitt Regional has added Dr. Roxana Aguirre to see patients five days a week, which is an upgrade from the previous two days a week care.
"They need somebody to be present all the time and be prone to help, and that's why I'm here," said Dr. Aguirre. "So, I'm very happy to be a part of this team."
Elliott and Dr. Aguirre agree, the more convenient the care and the more time doctors and patients spend building trust, the more effective the treatment will be.
"I always tell my patients, no matter how great the treatment can be, if they don't feel good, if they're not positive, and if they don't feel that we really care for them, the treatment won't work," she said.
When designs for the new unit are complete, the hospital's foundation will launch a capital campaign to secure outside financial support.