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Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital Expanding Access to Local Cancer Care Services

Posted Date: 10/12/2023
Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital will open a new comprehensive infusion center offering increased access to cancer care to local patients.

Congressman David McKinley (ret.), along with U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, secured $580,000 in federal appropriations to construct the new facility. This invaluable support was instrumental in ensuring that patients in rural West Virginia receive quality, close-to-home cancer care.

Currently, patients with cancer in Preston County must leave the region and travel an hour or more over secondary roads to receive customized chemotherapy treatment. The opening of the Infusion Center will allow patients diagnosed with cancer to receive quality care in a familiar, close-to-home setting.

“We have been eagerly awaiting this infusion center’s opening and look forward to providing our patients with more comprehensive cancer care,” said Melissa Lockwood, Chief Administrative Officer at Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital. “With this new center, we will expand the scope of care we provide in Preston County to better serve local patients in need.”

On Wednesday, October 11, Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital executives and staff were joined by community members to celebrate the center’s opening. 

“I understand the difference that having cancer care close-to-home makes in a patient’s life,” said Dr. Ihtishaam Qazi, Medical Director of Oncology for Mon Health System. “I am proud to serve our patients in Preston County and will continue working to improve the care we provide to ensure better outcomes for our patients.” 

“Increasing access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare is of the utmost importance,” said David Goldberg, President and CEO of Mon Health System and Executive Vice President of Vandalia Health. “We are proud to open the infusion center and continue to care for patients in Preston County, where cancer care is needed. Families need to be near patients for such vulnerable care, and this helps us improve care delivery and family support by enhancing the health of the community one patient at a time. We cannot thank our Senators and former Congressman McKinley for their vision and support of locally focused, high-quality accessible healthcare Mon Health facilities are known for far and wide.”

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