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Public invited to tour Buffalo Hospital’s new cancer center

All and some new services in one healing environment

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital invites the public to see its new space, meet the staff and become familiar with the latest in cancer care at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Timothy Sielaff, MD, president of Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, will speak at 5:30 p.m.

The new Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital combines clinic and infusion services into a newly renovated space with all of the elements of a nationally accredited cancer program. The new center is 3,350 square feet, and the $240,000 cost was made possible by community gifts.

The infusion rooms, where patients receive chemotherapy, have heated, comfortable chairs. Each room has a recliner for a family member or friend, flat-screen TV and DVD player. And, iPads will be available during treatment visits.

Each clinic exam room has a phone. If patients have family members who are unable to attend, they can participate in the appointments by conference calls. Other features include professional wig and bra fitting services, healing art throughout, a refreshment center and resource library.

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Buffalo Hospital takes a team approach to cancer care that includes a medical oncologist, surgeon, genetic counselor, pathologist and other specially trained staff.

Every patient has a nurse cancer-care coordinator who can make appointments, answer questions, and even be a support person at appointments. Physical and occupational therapy, lymphedema therapy, adaptive devices, pain management alternatives and nutritional support, are also available.

Patients can meet with all the specialists in the center, and in most cases, all care can be provided at Buffalo Hospital.

About Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Clinical experts and experienced caregivers provide oncology care and services across the Allina Health system, and offer expert support to various affiliate locations.

About Buffalo Hospital

Buffalo Hospital is a non-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in and around Wright County. Located just west of the Twin Cities, Buffalo Hospital provides exceptional patient-centered care to nearly 70,000 patients every year. We provide a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services and many specialty services, so you don’t have to travel far from home.

About Allina Health

Buffalo Hospital is part of Allina Health, which is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals,
families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allina