The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Saint Francis offers a team approach to provide high quality, patient-focused care. The team is comprised of a variety of people who actively participate in patient care.
The medical director is responsible for all medical, administrative and research activities within the transplantation program. The director makes sure each individual treatment plan is delivered with quality, consideration and personalized attention.
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Transplant Physician (Attending Physician)
The transplant physician is a doctor who specializes in stem cell transplantation. This doctor will direct the treatment plan and consult with the primary care physician for follow-up care after being discharged.
Transplant Physician Assistants
These medically educated caregivers have advanced training in transplant patient care. Working under the close supervision of the transplant physician, the transplant physician assistants are responsible for your day-to-day care while in the hospital or clinic.
The transplant coordinator helps patients and their families navigate through the transplant process. The transplant coordinator gathers information from the referring physician, schedules the initial evaluations and tests, obtains insurance approval, provides information about blood and marrow transplants, as well as answers questions about the transplant process.
A radiation oncologist is a physician who has completed a residency training program specifically designed for treating cancer with radiation therapy. The radiation oncologist designates the field to be treated and prescribes the dosage for total body irradiation. The radiation oncologist also closely follows your progress and monitors side effects throughout the radiation treatment.
The radiation therapist has undergone a specific training program focused on the theory and delivery of radiation therapy. It is the responsibility of the radiation therapist to carry out the prescription for total body irradiation.
The clinical pharmacist is responsible for ensuring safe use of medications. The pharmacist monitors the medications ordered for patients in the Oncology Unit; serves as a resource for physicians and nurses; and helps teach patients about the medications they will receive.
The social worker is available to help patients and their families in many ways. They work with patients and plan pre-admission and admission to the program; are available to assist with financial concerns and housing concerns; and provide support and counseling. The social worker also completes a psychosocial evaluation before treatment begins.
The clinical manager is a nurse who is responsible for the inpatient nursing unit. The manager supervises the activities and the personnel in the Oncology Unit (7 West). Additionally, the clinical manager performs stem cell reinfusions and is a chemotherapy provider.
Clinical Resource Nurse
The clinical resource nurse serves as a resource for the oncology specialty throughout the Health System. This individual works with you during your initial diagnosis, providing education on the diagnosis and chemotherapy. The clinical resource nurse also provides education to the oncology and BMT staff, as well as provides patient care at the bedside. The clinical resource nurse performs stem cell collections and reinfusions, and is a chemotherapy provider.
Transplant Unit Nurses
The nurses on the transplant unit are all trained in oncology nursing. In addition, they have undergone special training to prepare for their work with transplant patients. The nurses are responsible for daily care such as medications, IV's and dressing changes. The transplant nurses are also qualified to answer questions and provide emotional support. Some of the transplant nurses have special training that allows them to collect patients' peripheral blood stem cells.
Patient Care Technicians
The technicians assist the nurses with patient care. They tend to basic needs such as vital signs, weights, meals and hygiene.
The physical therapist evaluates physical strength and a patient's normal activity pattern. Following this, he or she designs an exercise program to help maintain muscle strength and flexibility. An exercise specialist sees the patient daily while hospitalized.
Recreational therapists promote wellness and quality of life. During a patient's initial visit, the therapist discusses leisure interests and plans an appropriate activity schedule based on those interests for the hospital stay.
Registered dietitians provide quality care built on evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and protocols and clinical judgment skills. RD’s provide nutrition assessment, determine the nutrition diagnosis, determine and implement a nutrition intervention, and subsequently monitor nutrition and evaluate the patient’s progress. RD’s also work directly with individuals at risk for or diagnosed with any type of malignancy or pre-malignant conditions. RD’s provide tips for managing nutrition impact symptoms caused by side effects of cancer treatment and to improve nutritional status.
Marrow/Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Processors
These medical technologists are responsible for processing and storing the collected stem cells prior to transplant.
The respiratory therapist takes care of oxygen equipment, provides breathing treatments and maintains other respiratory equipment.
The chaplain is available to offer spiritual comfort, encouragement and support. Some of the issues that the chaplain may assist with include contacting a patient's church and clergy, providing prayer, spiritual reading and simply being there to listen. Learn more about Saint Francis Hospital Pastoral Care.