July 8, 2013
Simmons Cancer Institute to Provide Care in Staunton
Cancer patients living in the Staunton area have a new opportunity to receive care closer to home. A new partnership between Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Community Memorial Hospital in Staunton will provide onsite oncology services for cancer patients.
Dr. Aziz Khan, chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and chief medical officer at SCI and Dr. Robert Mocharnuk, director of the Breast Center at SIU will hold clinic hours the second and fourth Fridays each month at Memorial Medical Clinic, 325 N. Caldwell at the hospital campus starting Friday, July 12. Appointments can be made by calling 217-545-8519.
“We hope residents of Staunton will be able to use our oncology services and not have to travel to St. Louis or Springfield for care,” Dr. Khan said.
Staunton has been without an oncology clinic since 2011, when the last provider moved, according to Sue Campbell, CEO of Community Medical Hospital. “Patients have been traveling a minimum of 30-50 minutes for oncology appointments,” Campbell said. “This partnership fills a need for patients to receive treatment close to home without the stress of additional travel.” SCI physicians currently travel to Herrin to treat oral cancer.
Khan is also a professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine and specializes in gastro-intestinal malignancies, leukemias, lymphomas, blood-related disorders, lung and breast cancer.
Mocharnuk serves as an associate professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine and a member of SCI. He specializes in breast cancer and genitourinary cancers, as well as non-malignant bleeding and clotting disorders.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.