Oncology Department Fund Raising Campaign

Belisario Arango, M.D. -- WMH Oncology

War Memorial Hospital is working to ensure that every cancer patient is receiving treatment in a welcoming and comfortable environment, close to home. Patients and their families shouldn’t have the added burden of traveling out of the area for high quality cancer care.

In an effort to improve the care, comfort and privacy of patients undergoing cancer treatment, WMH is in the process of establishing an “under-one-roof” Oncology Department in the Medical Office Building.

WMH currently offers a number of services for cancer patients, including chemotherapy, infusion therapies and the services of an oncology specialist. Under the new plan, these services will be brought into one central department on the MOB’s second floor – near the dialysis unit.

Dr. Belisario Arango joined the WMH team in August of 2014. Specializing in both oncology and hematology, the proximity of his practice to these treatment areas will also be beneficial to his patients.

Expanded Infusion Therapy / Chemotherapy

One of several advantages of the new space is more room for chemotherapy and infusion therapy, which are offered exclusively at WMH in Chippewa County. Patients undergoing intravenous treatments may be on the unit anywhere from one to six hours at a time, repeating that same pattern during a multi-visit course of treatment. Creating a comfortable, private environment is important.

With more space, the department’s ability to serve nine patients will grow to allow 15 patients at a time and allow more privacy for those who desire it. Those patients who enjoy visiting will still have the opportunity to do so as well. Private treatment rooms will also be available for those patients with a compromised immune system.

Honor and Support those with Cancer

Sample Tile In Support of Area Cancer Patients

War Memorial Hospital invites you to participate in improving cancer care by purchasing a ceramic tile as part of a fundraising effort for the new Oncology Department.

“Cancer touches everyone in some way in our community and sometimes people feel helpless to make a difference. Our tile program is a simple way community members and businesses can make a difference,” said Teresa Armstrong, WMH Development Fund Director.

With a $250 gift, donors may personalize a six-inch tile in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one, or in support of all Eastern U.P. cancer patients. The opportunity is available to individuals and businesses.

The personalized ceramic tiles will be on display in the waiting area of the oncology unit, which will be located on the 2nd floor of the Medical Office building.

Buy a Tile to support Oncology Dept.

Example of a Tile in Honor of a Loved One

WMH is seeking financial support for the oncology expansion at all levels. From these $250 tiles all the way up to naming opportunities greater than $10,000, there are ways people may contribute to the project at all levels. Development Fund staff can assist people in finding a level of support that is right for them.

For more information about purchasing a tile or the oncology department expansion, please contact Teresa Armstrong at (906) 635-4351.