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HaysMed launches $3.8M expansion

Special to The Hays Daily News

Work has begun on a $3.8 million expansion of the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center.

Phase I, which involves all outside work, began Nov. 5. Following completion in March, Phase II, which involves inside work, will commence. The new space will feature a more modernized look, enhanced privacy and comfort for patients and new clinical treatment areas.

Patients and visitors will enjoy a new generous central reception area for ease of checking in. There will be four additional treatment rooms, two additional exam rooms, larger consultation areas and a designated lab draw room. The new treatment rooms will offer patients light open spaces with private treatment options available. A patient library with computer connections will be added, along with a dedicated pharmacy area for mixing medications.

In addition, a spacious image boutique will be available providing wigs, scarves, turbans, kerchiefs and other head coverings. The exterior of the building also will receive a facelift.

"We are excited that we will be able to provide a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing experience for our patients. We are always looking for ways to raise the bar on the care we offer, and this upgrade is just another way to do that," said Bryce Young, chief operating officer at HaysMed. "The number of patients we take care of locally and from all of western Kansas is increasing, and we are committed to making their experience here exceptional."

In addition to the Dreiling/Schmidt expansion, the Breast Care Center will move from Oak Park to a new area at HaysMed located just inside Entrance C, the main entrance.

Starting early in 2013, renovations of the area will begin. Once completed, patients will have access to American College of Radiology certified digital mammography, ACR certified ultrasound for breast and breast biopsy, breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound guided breast biopsy all located at the hospital.

This allows patients to complete routine breast exams and imaging tests at the same location. In addition, the BCC also provides risk analysis for women who have not been diagnosed with cancer along with genetic counseling and testing. Survivors will be afforded more in-depth health monitoring and counseling for lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Any side effects resulting from cancer treatment also can be monitored. The breast care center also will provide education, host guest speakers and special events. Plans call for a patient navigator to help patients coordinate their care.