Laredo Medical Center organizes the inauguration of an infusion center

On Monday morning, Laredo Medical Center cut the ribbon at the inauguration of its new outpatient infusion center which aims to increase the capacity of patients treated every day without patients having to travel out of town.

According to LMC CEO Jorge Leal, the infusion center was a six-year development project that would see the capacity of cancer treatments and infusion services increase from 12 to 18. The center on the second floor is an extension of the expansion of the first floor in 2015. In addition, the new center includes four private rooms for patients requiring greater privacy and other comfort-oriented amenities.

It was the result of an investment of around $ 500,000 and one of the first projects he launched in 2015, Leal said. He clarified that the infusion center is separate from the COVID-19 infusion centers still based outside the emergency room and multiple city centers.

The new center focuses specifically on immunocompromised patients such as cancer and those with iron deficiency, among other treatments. This specialized care offers residents the opportunity to receive their care a few minutes from their homes rather than making a trip to San Antonio.

“We don’t want people to leave Laredo to receive this kind of treatment. They can stay here and get it, ”Leal said. “That’s why we decided it was so important for us to do it here. “

With the extra capacity, instead of 30 patients per day, it will be more than 40 per day, Leal said. He stressed that cancer care requires not missing sessions. He also pointed out that the new center houses treatment areas for community treatment, as he believes this will give patients the opportunity to socialize and reflect with others during treatment.

“Cancer is unfortunately an illness that can be lonely, but at the same time you can also talk to others throughout your trip,” Leal said. “And that is why we are delighted that LMC is part of this journey.”

Finally, he spoke about the difference between cancer treatment and other specializations in the medical field. Cancer is a calling, Leal said, and requires dedicated staff members whose willingness continues to strive to help patients in the midst of difficult illness.

Dr Mohsen Mahani, medical oncologist and medical director of LMC Infusion Center, said the expansion of the service is necessary to provide more comprehensive, compassionate and quality cancer services to more patients in Laredo. And in cases of diagnosed cancers, these patients can now skip weeks of waiting to start treatment and start earlier.

As part of the treatment, Mahani also stressed the importance of keeping families together in one area instead of constantly moving around. As these patients are going through a difficult time, a special type of staff is required to meet their needs.

“It’s difficult, especially because you are facing a time when patients are going through a lot of changes,” he said. “… It makes it difficult, as a doctor, to cope with this day in and day out. Unfortunately, we are trying to save everyone. … Sometimes we lose patients, and it’s sad when you get closer to patients and their families – it takes a heavy toll on you.

Either way, knowing that more patients need help is what keeps Mahani’s efforts in her field. Despite the struggles with the overall healthcare situation in Laredo, he’s happy to hear about improvements in the city’s medical needs, but it’s still a long time before Laredo withdraws his medically underserved designation. Working alongside the cancer treatment team to continue improving patient care for years to come.

“This is a positive step forward in the care of patients,” said Mahani.

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