CLIFTON PARK >> Officials and staff of New York Oncology Hematology Friday joined area dignitaries and cancer survivors to open the company’s new facility in Clifton Park.
The 28, sickness 000-square-foot building is on Crossings Boulevard near the intersection with Sitterly Road and next to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance Corps station.
The ribbon cutting drew approximately 70 people, many with an interest in seeing the facility succeed in its new, suburban location. Several who spoke at the event told of getting high quality care at the company’s other branches and welcomed them with joy to their new site.
One of those who spoke was Clifton Park resident Tom Corrigan. Corrigan was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in 1999 and has been getting treated by NYOH physicians since his diagnosis.
“God bless New York Oncology Hematology and welcome, welcome,” he said.
Another Clifton Park resident being treated at NYOH was Jeanne McDonald. McDonald and her sister Nancy O’Connor are both cancer survivors who receive treatment at NYOH.
McDonald described being concerned she would have to leave her oncologist Dr. Rufus Collea to use the Clifton Park facility. She was glad to hear he would be seeing patients at the new location.
“Thank you,” McDonald said, “for allowing us to miss the inevitable traffic jams on the Northway.”
In his remarks Collea, the company’s medical director, said cancer also has touched his own family and he knows just how important ease of access to facilities and physicians is to patients.
“There will be 1,300 new cancer cases diagnosed this year in Saratoga County,” Collea said. “This building is a commitment to the community that we will continue to deliver care to our patients.”
NYOH was formed more than 30 years ago when a group of physicians who were treating cancer patients sought to take the treatment out of hospitals and offer it as an out-patient option.
That philosophy of bringing the care closer to the patient was reinforced at the grand opening by a sign hanging above the building’s entrance. Beneath the new NYOH logo were the words, “World Class Care Close to Home”.
The new facility offers the Saratoga County community medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology. There is a 30-person chemotherapy infusion suite, equipment for PET and CT imaging, in-office dispensing of cancer drugs, access to national clinical research trials, and hereditary risk assessment.
The facility also has the first Varian TrueBeam radiation technology north of New York City. The huge piece of equipment enhances physicians’ ability to treat challenging cancers with more precise beam delivery anywhere in the body.
One of the doctors who will use the TrueBeam is Dr. Justin Juliano, an NYOH radiation oncologist and a 1992 Shenendehowa High School graduate. Juliano trained and worked at the Cleveland Clinic and later moved on to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. As his family grew, he said the pull of the southern Saratoga County region was too great to ignore.
“I know the quality of the staff here,” Juliano said. “I know the team, and having a team is important because that’s how treatment is accomplished, with a team. The TrueBeam allows us to deliver high dosages of radiation to specific areas while minimizing the collateral affects.”
Another speaker at the ribbon cutting was U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko. Tonko acknowledged that cancer has also touched his family.
With emotion bubbling just beneath the surface of his remarks, Tonko explained the hope that facilities like the one in Clifton Park and those who work in them, hold out to cancer sufferers.
“We applaud the human spirit of this organization,” he said. “We applaud the fact that this is a family, that you’re not just a patient here, that we’re a team and no one can break that. That’s what we applaud, that human spirit, that caring quality, the sense you are somebody, that we will win this together.”
Clifton Park Town Supervisor was another who welcomed NYOH and its staff to town as part of the morning event. He noted that the NYOH project presentation before the Planning Board was the only one anyone could remember that had received applause.
By Glenn Griffith
Original article: http://www.troyrecord.com/health/20150606/new-york-oncology-hematologys-new-office-brings-world-class-care-close-to-home