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The inpatient oncology unit, located at Mercy Hospital Downtown, brings patients with cancer together with specialized nursing care in a single dedicated space. This enhancement allows for improved coordination of care and a better overall experience for our patients and their families.
The registered nurses caring for patients here have completed Oncology Nursing Certification, a nationally-recognized credential for nurses who complete specialized training in oncology care. They have knowledge and experience in caring for patients experiencing the complex problems that can be associated with cancer.
A multidisciplinary team of caregivers visits our patients every afternoon during the week. The team consists of a nurse, a pharmacist, a representative from dietary, social services, and a case manager in addition to any family members our patients would like included.
Depending on the patient's individual needs, other care representatives may also participate. We will discuss the plan of care and answer any questions. It's important to us that our patients play an active role in their health care.
We recognize the impact a diagnosis of cancer can have on patients as well as family members. Our inpatient oncology unit was designed in collaboration with hospital staff, physicians, and our Patient and Family Centered Care team with the medical and emotional needs of our patients and their loved ones in mind. Family can be an important part of healing, so our patient rooms can accommodate family members who wish to stay overnight.
The family lounge provides a comfortable place for families with a loved one on the unit to visit away from the bedside. A television, magazines, and other items are available for families and patients to use at any time. Refreshments are also available in the family lounge.
Art for Healing offers patients and their families an opportunity to experience the healing benefits that may come from creative expression. Art for Healing offers programs on the unit weekly. Learn more here.
Mercy Cares is a general support group for our inpatients diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. The group is led by our Social Services Department and meets weekly on the unit.
We can assist patients with access to other resources such as nutritional counseling, wound care, genetics education, home health, palliative care, and social services. We can also help identify resources available throughout our community that would benefit our patients, and their families.
CBCC is part of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center's Translational Oncology Research International (TORI) network. This partnership allows our patients early access to the latest clinical trials without having to travel to UCLA.
To learn more about clinical trials at CBCC, visit CBCCusa.com.