Hospital, AV merge cancer services

Hospital, AV merge cancer servicesRidgecrest Regional Hospital announced last week that its existing Cancer Center, an affiliate of the University of California Davis, will merge services with the Antelope Valley Cancer Center in Ridgecrest.

“Our cancer program is going from strength to strength, since we launched in November 2017,” said RRH President-CEO Jim Suver. “Now, with the combined knowledge and expertise from the AV Center Cancer team, we will be able to offer the community the highest level of quality cancer care.”

AVCC medical oncologists Amartej Merla, M.D., and Mukund Shah, M.D.,will join oncologist Everard Hughes, M.D., to perform chemotherapy at the RRH Outpatient Pavilion.

“When you combine resources it allows you to expand the services offered,” said Shantell Utley, clinical manager of the pavilion.

She noted that new physicians bring vast knowledge and experience in their fields.

“It’s going to be exciting having them work together to provide the best care for our patients. As we focus on building one state-of-the-art Cancer Center in Ridgecrest, we will now have all key players working toward the same goal under the same roof.”

The RRH Cancer Center provides full-time medical oncology and support, including biopsy, chemotherapy, infusions, biotherapy, on-site lab testing, chemotherapy medication, diagnosis, prognosis and post-chemo care support.

“We will be entering discussions in the future regarding radiation oncology being performed here in Ridgecrest,” said Suver. “But for now, we are focusing on utilizing AV’s excellent radiation physicians and state-of-the-art facility in Palmdale.”

Pictured: Physicians and clinical staff at the RRH Cancer Center, which now includes expertise from the former office of the AV Cancer Center. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2020-01-24