WellStar Paulding treatment center

From left, WellStar Foundation board member Jay Wallace; WellStar Foundation development director Gene Weeks; Dallas resident Imogene Walraven Waldrop; Chad Schaeffer, WellStar vice president of oncology services; and WellStar Paulding Hospital President John Kueven help open the Imogene Walraven Waldrop & Charles W. Waldrop Infusion Center in October at the Hiram hospital.

WellStar Health System has opened a new treatment center at Paulding Hospital designed to give more comfort and emotional support to patients.

The Imogene Walraven Waldrop & Charles W. Waldrop Infusion Center at WellStar Paulding Hospital was supported by Paulding County native Imogene Walraven Waldrop's planned gift to the WellStar Foundation.

It provides patients undergoing cancer and other medical treatments with additional resources and amenities, leading to a higher level of comfort and emotional support, a news release stated.

“As someone who has been personally impacted by cancer, I felt it was important to support a local outpatient infusion center for Paulding County,” said Imogene Walraven Waldrop.

“When my brother, Bobby, and sister, Doris, battled cancer, they had to travel long distances to receive treatment," she said. "This experience, as well as the discovery that cancer rates are above the state average in Paulding County, led me to contribute to this worthy cause."

Paulding County exceeded Georgia and national rates for breast cancer in women and lung cancer in men and women per 100,000 residents in 2014, according to a report from the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Waldrop said, "When I learned that 100 percent of every dollar donated to the WellStar Foundation would go to this project, I knew that my gift to the Foundation would make the biggest impact on the community.

"I’m hopeful this facility will make a positive difference in the lives of Paulding residents for years to come,” she said.

The Center, a one-level, 2,806-square-foot facility, has the capacity to serve 12 patients simultaneously. It is several times the size of the former program’s facility.

All the patient bays include a motorized, reclining chair; personal television; and a modular station for storage.

The new space offers a lounge and nourishment center for patients, their family members and caregivers. Each patient bay also has enough room for a caregiver to accompany the patient for treatment.

It provides patients with a broad range of services and treatments such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, therapeutic phlebotomy, and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy.

Patients can also receive rabies vaccines, IV antibiotics, injections and medications for conditions including Crohn’s disease, osteoporosis, and asthma.

John Kueven, WellStar senior vice president and president of WellStar Paulding Hospital, said, “When we began designing the Imogene Walraven Waldrop & Charles W. Waldrop Infusion Center, our mission was to deliver the best patient experience possible.

“We understand how crucial it is for patients to be in an environment that offers support and privacy to focus on healing.

"Thanks to the generous gift from Ms. Waldrop, this new center brings that vision to life, and allows our staff to provide safe, convenient care to a larger number of Paulding County residents in a compassionate setting.”

The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with limited hours on weekends and holidays to meet specific patient needs.

It is located at 148 Bill Carruth Pkwy, Suite 3400, inside the Paulding Outpatient Pavilion on WellStar Paulding Hospital’s campus.

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