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Granite Falls Hospital to begin chemotherapy services Tuesday

GRANITE FALLS — The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital will begin offering chemotherapy infusion services on Tuesday.

Hospital officials said in a news release that the new service has been launched as part of a continued commitment to providing patient-centered care in local rural communities.

An open house will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 to give the public a chance to tour the new infusion suite and meet the staff.

By offering chemotherapy infusion service in Granite Falls, the need for long-distance travel will be eliminated for many patients receiving cancer treatment. They also will have an opportunity for more recovery time at home. In addition, the new service makes it easier to arrange rides and to have patients’ support system in close proximity while they receive chemotherapy infusion treatment.

According to the news release, the hospital’s new chemotherapy infusion suite is a completely remodeled area dedicated to patients referred for chemotherapy infusion treatment. Because chemotherapy can take up to several hours to administer, the infusion suite was designed with patient care and comfort as a priority. It features state-of-the-art treatment chairs that offer heat and massage, as well as personal televisions for patients. Blood work and lab appointments take place in the infusion suite, placing patients at ease as much as possible.

The service is led by Dr. Louay Hanna, supervising oncologist from Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar, and staffed by registered nurses with Oncology Nursing Society certification and training in chemotherapy and biotherapy.