Remodeled oncology unit reopens

Maui Memorial Medical Center’s new oncology unit provides each patient a private bay with a television, call light and privacy curtains. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Maui Memorial Medical Center has reopened its oncology unit after 16 months of construction, the hospital said Tuesday.

The renovated unit features more space and privacy for patients during their visits, a news release said. The clinic was blessed in early December and began seeing patients Dec. 12.

Each patient has a private bay with a television, call light and privacy curtains. The new unit also has two nursing stations and two large wheelchair-access patient bathrooms.

The unit provides comprehensive medical care to people with cancer, blood disorders and autoimmune diseases, the news release said. It also offers a variety of infusions and injections for cancer- and noncancer-related conditions.

The unit serves an average of 20 to 30 patients a day.

“Our upgraded clinic helps us better serve Maui County residents who need a specialized treatment plan with a desire to be treated on Maui, close to family,” said Jennifer Omuro, oncology unit manager. “The treatment and healing processes are always more successful when patients can be treated near loved ones rather than traveling off-island or out of state.”

The hospital’s oncology medical team includes specially trained nurses and a collaborative team of pharmacists, social workers, cancer patient navigators, chaplains and palliative care specialists.

They work closely with community medical-oncologists and radiation oncologists, primary care physicians and other specialty physicians to create a comprehensive plan of care.

The unit is led by oncologist Dr. Ted Keyes and staffed by seven registered nurses, two clerks, a nurse manager, nursing assistant, transporter and tumor registrar.

It operates from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call the oncology unit at 242-2518.

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