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Placing the Patient First

Placing the Patient First
Donor Impact Places the Patient First
AKBAR HASAN, Philanthropic Donor

With appreciation to the memory of Akbar Hasan, who directed his trustee to gift $500,000 to assist in caring for cancer patients, Henry Mayo's new Infusion Center is the beneficiary of this remarkable donation.

The donation was made by Haida Sheikh, a pathologist assistant, and the trustee of the late Akbar Hasan. It was through her friendship with Rashida Soni, MD, medical director of pathology and laboratory at Henry Mayo, that Sheikh was made aware of the need for a new Infusion center. "I decided to designate the funds to the Infusion Center because it will do good for so many people," Sheikh said.

For patients at Henry Mayo, it was the smoothest of transitions moving to the hospital's new expanded Infusion Center, which opened its doors on February 18, 2013, at its new location on the hospital campus (23929 McBean Parkway, Suite #208, Valencia, CA 91355.)

A 40% growth in infusion patients in the Henry Mayo Infusion Center in Fiscal Year 2012 clearly indicated the need for an expanded facility. Patient well-being was the catalyst that drove improvements for infusion services which include a new, 2,000 square-foot space equipped with eight new infusion chairs and staffed by two full-time RNs and a patient care technician.

Everything was designed with the patient in mind, including the soothing earth-tone colors, individual televisions, and refrigerator for patient meals. The new Infusion Center was designed to provide the best treatment in a reduced-stress environment.

Henry Mayo's infusion services include chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and intravenous antibiotics. Treatment time ranges from 60 minutes to eight hours. Registered oncology nurses provide the full range of outpatient infusion services to individuals as prescribed by their physicians. The new Infusion Center accommodates twice as many patients and visitors in more than eight times the space.

Creating healing, calming environments that aid in our patients' healing is one of our priorities. Won't you help us continue to reach these goals? Areas within the center can be "named" through meaningful gifts of support. For more information, please call the Foundation office at (661) 200-1200.

PAM CHANDLER, Infusion Center Patient

Pam Chandler was the last patient in the old infusion center located in MS3 when it closed on Feb. 15, 2013, and the first patient of the new infusion center when it opened on Feb. 18, 2013, at its new location in the F Building on Henry Mayo's campus. And what a difference.

Pam and her husband Keith Chandler were impressed, not only by the much larger space of the new infusion center, but also that it was up and running so quickly and smoothly with no downtime in between.

"It's obvious that at Henry Mayo they care about the patients, and they worked very hard to make this happen," Keith said."

Though there are infusion centers closer to home, Pam and her husband Keith Chandler said they drive all the way from Palmdale to Henry Mayo, mainly because of the "exemplary way" they are treated by Henry Mayo staff.

"The people here are really, really good and now the new facility is definitely a step up," Pam said. "It's much more peaceful here and there is a lot more room for visitor. It's much more convenient. And Mary is wonderful, she's the best."

Mary Csaftis, RN, is the infusion center nurse. Csaftis has been overseeing Pam's treatment for an auto-immune condition at the infusion center for the past 10 months. Her infusion treatment is every three weeks for three days, six hours each day. Now those treatments will be completed in the new, 2,000 square-foot space which is able to accommodate twice as many patients in a much more relaxed environment.

Previously, Keith would drive around town, waiting until Pam was done with her six-hour treatments. Now, Keith can wait with Pam, they eat meals together, and there is even room for him to set out his laptop.

"This is our new meeting spot for our hot dates," he said.

For More Information

To support Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital today, click Donate Now. To learn about current projects that need your support, visit Current Projects. To name a patient room or other area, view Naming Opportunities. To learn more, please call the Foundation at (661) 200-1200 or e-mail via the Contact Us form.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal Tax I.D. is 95-3849903. Donations are tax-deductible for the extent allowed by the law. The tax law is constantly changing. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a competent professional tax advisor, such as a CPA or tax lawyer.

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