Ginny White has a rare respiratory condition that became dangerously worse when she moved to Reno back in 2000. Our higher altitude made breathing so difficult she has to get weekly infusions. "That's my good health day that I set aside for an hour and do it for me."
For the past 12 years, Ginny has been coming to the old infusion room. But not anymore. With the help of community donations, focus group feedback and a desire to create a healing atmosphere, Renown just opened its new infusion center in the old cardiac rehab space.
Dr. James Cohen is the medical director of the new center. He says by talking to people like Ginny, they learned what would make the infusion experience better for patients. "We created a space where every patient is semi private. There are walls between every chair but the walls aren't so high that the nurses can't see or hear them. We brought a pharmacy in house so now there they drugs are mixed right here. And we brought an on site blooded testing. So now if the patient has a blood count done, instead of waiting an hour we wait 2-3 minutes and chemistry takes maybe 4-5 minutes so treatments can start much quicker.
They even have some private rooms for people who prefer that. In the warmer weather, people will be able to get infusions outside in the courtyard. Plus, they've made it prettier, more inviting for people who have to come here sometimes several times a week.Written By Wendy Damonte