Tony Teramana Cancer Center: Comprehensive Cancer Care in One Facility
What makes The Tony Teramana Cancer Center at Trinity Health System unique? Unlike other cancer treatment centers in the local area, it’s the only one with world-class treatment all under one roof.
With award-winning services, the cancer center allows patients to receive all forms of care – from treatment coordination to nutritional needs and more – in the same building.
Trinity Health System's cancer treatment capabilities grew substantially with the construction of the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in 2000. Since then, thousands of residents in the Tri-State area have received cancer treatment at the facility.
Upon opening, the Tony Teramana Cancer Center became the premier cancer treatment facility in the Ohio Valley. As evidence of its quality cancer care, the center was featured in the July 2006 Issue of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals edition.
In 2007, Trinity officials realized that the facility had become overcrowded and needed to expand. By 2010, Trinity had expanded the center to accommodate the rising numbers of patients receiving treatment. The $8.8 million expansion project nearly doubled the treatment space.
The expansion also included support areas for diagnostic and program support to include the Oncology Patient Advocacy program, the Cancer Data Registry Program, and the American Cancer Society Resource Center and Volunteer program.
The Tony Teramana Cancer Center boasts a unique partnership with the two health systems in Pittsburgh, Pa.: Allegheny General Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. No other facility in the region can make this claim. Radiation Oncology services are provided by Trinity and Allegheny General Oncology Network Physicians, while the Medical Oncology service is provided by Trinity and UPMC Cancer Center physicians.
The center now has two state-of-the-art Linear Accelerators used for cancer treatment; a dedicated wide bore CT simulator, which is used to assist in proper patient set up; and a new PET/CT scanner that’s used to help diagnose and stage cancer. All of the above are integrated to help physicians create the most effective treatment plan.
The Tony Teramana Cancer Center also provides chemotherapy services in a new space within the facility. The open floor plan was designed to provide patients care in the most comfortable environment, with natural light and plenty of space to have family members accompany them. This beautiful space houses 25 private (petitioned/curtained) spaces.
In line with Trinity Health System's values -- service, reverence and stewardship -- the Tony Teramana Cancer Center can meet the needs of cancer patients through a holistic approach which includes compassion, concern, dignity and respect. This service is due largely to the generosity of the Tony Teramana family, whose $1 million gift made the center a world-class cancer treatment facility.
The cancer center recently launched a new Facebook page, “The Official Tony Teramana Cancer Center,” to engage the community in events and topics related to cancer care, awareness and prevention.
The cancer center will also be starting a newsletter to keep people up-to-date on health and wellness during cancer treatment, while also becoming a forum for conversation and community involvement. The newsletter will include listings of upcoming events and cancer prevention tips.
The center is planning several cancer-awareness events, including The Fourth Annual Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick’s 5k Run/Walk and Kids 1K Fun Run on March 15 in Toronto, Ohio. New this year, the event will also sponsor a 5-mile bike ride. The annual event is the largest contributor to the Tony Teramana Cancer Center TEAR (Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief) Fund. The 2013 Campbell-Dickinson 5K presented the TEAR fund with a donation of $25,364. The event will also incorporate the St. Baldrick’s Shave Off for childhood cancer research, which also helps to fund grants.