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Support Staff

Support Staff

As a cancer patient, you expect to be treated as a name, not a number, by a caring staff who understands that when both the spirit and body are treated, real healing has the greatest success.

That's our approach at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, and our team works hard to ensure we battle cancer one patient at a time.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Therapists

Radiation therapists like Amy carry out the administration of radiation during your treatment. She operates the linear accelerators, makes sure patients are positioned correctly and keeps detailed charts of each treatment. She enjoys being the grand marshal of the "last treatment" celebration.  And, all of Mercy's Radiation Therapists are board certified and licensed by the State of Iowa.

Dosimetrists

Dosimetrists like Pam work behind the scenes planning treatment. She makes sure we spare as much normal tissue as possible to give patients the best possible treatment and quality of life once treatment ends.  Our gifted team is board certified and licensed by the State of Iowa - a testament that they will provide the best care for you.  Hard to pronounce, but good people to have on your side.

Radiation Physicists

Radiation physicists like Hui, PhD, who is also board certified, are behind-the-scenes experts in treatment planning and quality control of the radiation equipment. She never thought she'd find science so rewarding.


Medical Oncology

Oncology Pharmacists

Oncology pharmacists like Debra provide patient education, continuity of care, convenience, and access to a pharmacist specializing in cancer and treatment. These services include mixing of chemotherapy products for physicians' offices, providing take-home prescriptions, and filling research prescriptions.

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy technicians like Marisa dispense prescriptions and ensures you know how to use them and any potential side effects.

Lab Technologists

Lab technologists like Denise examine and analyze blood and other body fluids to enable your physicians to prescribe the appropriate treatments and/or preventive measures to ensure the best therapy for you.


Cancer Center Staff

Our nurses have seen it all – but know you haven't. More than half of Hall-Perrine nurses involved in cancer care have successfully completed additional training and achieved specialized Oncology Nursing Certification. We have dedicated oncology nurse clinicians and highly experienced oncology nursing staff that ensure patient care meets the high standards that you deserve.

Oncology Certified Nurses

Oncology Certified Nurses like Janice, RN, OCN, who has been at Mercy for more than 20 years. Her job is to help patients navigate the day-to-day side of treatment, closely monitoring their overall health and working with physicians and other staff to monitor progress of treatment. She makes sure you get a healthy dose of encouragement each day.

Social Workers

Social Workers like Melissa provide assistance to patients and families throughout the treatment process and beyond. Her goal is to work with you and your family to provide an opportunity to tackle questions, make available counseling resources, help you solve any problems you may have, and to make sure that your needs and concerns are addressed.

Board Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition (dietitians)

Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (dietitians) like Nancy help patients determine good eating options to maintain strength and health during a cancer journey. And she understands the challenges. Hey, even Nancy sneaks a sweet every now and again.

Patient Resource/Financial Advocates

Patient resource advocates like Jacque and Ana help you navigate through the insurance maze. They can offer many resources to help with your financial needs. Our goal is to give you peace of mind because worrying about financing your treatment is the last thing you need. Learn more about financial assistance.

Massage Therapists

Massage therapists like Malinda help to take your worry away. Massage Therapy will help to relieve your stress and relax your muscles.

Music Therapists

Music therapists like Rachael use music to supplement cancer patients' treatment plans. He or she may share a variety of musical experiences, such as singing, songwriting, dance and more to improve patient health.

Specialized Occupational Therapists

Specialized occupational therapists like Lou Ann work with patients to identify activities to prevent injury and increase their independence. She can help you get back to what's most important to you.

Clinical Improvement & Accreditation Staff

Clinical Improvement & Accreditation staff ensures the latest evidence-based guidelines are identified and incorporated into practice. They also conduct case reviews as part of the continuous improvement process.

Chaplains

Chaplains like Dan provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, their families and staff when they are in need of prayer support, facing a difficult decision, anticipating surgery, having difficulty communicating with family, coping with a long-term illness and more.

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized care for those experiencing a serious, chronic or life-limiting illness. Palliative care staff like Christine ensure that each person's final days are lived with joy and meaning, as free from pain and other symptoms as possible. The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of a serious illness to achieve the best quality of life, while supporting patients and their families, regardless of treatment goals and life expectancy. 

Hospice

Hospice staff like Ken focus on physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, promoting the independence and dignity of patients and families while providing expert medical treatment and support.

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