Welcome Letter

Dear Patient,

Welcome to the Capital Health Center for Oncology.

Established nearly 30 years ago, we continue to expand our services at our award-winning oncology center as we recently relocated to Capital Health’s new, state-of-the-art Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell. As a regional oncology center, we serve Philadelphia, Mercer, Bucks, Burlington Counties and beyond.

Early detection is key when it comes to cancer. Our experienced radiologists provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services, including state-of-the-art CT scans, full-field digital mammography and molecular breast imaging, MRI, PET/CT scans, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, ultrasound, and x-ray. We’re also involved in programs that make cancer screenings accessible for all patients. In fact, we received the 2009 Outreach Award from the New Jersey Hospital Association for our free prostate cancer screening and education program. We were also the 2010 medical honoree at the 23rd Annual “Celebration of Life” Gala for the Central New Jersey Unit of the American Cancer Society for our free colorectal cancer screenings and education program for uninsured patients in Trenton and the surrounding communities.

After diagnosis, our team of physicians (from related fields such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, neurosurgery, digestive health, radiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and other specialties), nurses, navigators, therapists, social workers, nutritionists, rehabilitation staff, pharmacists and clinical researchers create a plan that ensures the best possible care for you. The team regularly discusses each patient’s treatment, progress, and plans for life beyond discharge. By keeping all team members fully aware of the issues surrounding each patient’s plan of care, we further ensure that you’re getting the best possible care from a collaborative team effort.

When it comes to treatment, we provide comprehensive radiation oncology services—including traditional 3-D radiation, IMRT, and brachytherapy seed implantation using the only TrueBeamTM Linear Accelerator between northern New Jersey and Baltimore as well as non-invasive CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery—and offer minimally invasive surgery using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System.

Our team of CyberKnife-trained radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons provide a level of expertise that is unmatched in our region. For example, Dr. Shirnett Williamson, our medical director of Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife, served as an assistant clinical professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine prior to joining Capital Health. Dr. Timothy Chen, a radiation oncologist and medical director of our Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program is a well-known expert in the specialized treatment of gynecological malignancy and lung cancer and serves as president of the Board of Advisory of the American Cancer Society - Eastern Division, where he supervises the Asian Initiatives program. What’s more, our physicians are experienced leaders in their respective fields, capable of providing a wide range of treatment and diagnostic options that fit your lifestyle. 

Our inpatient oncology units at Capital Health also provide specialty-trained care to you and your loved ones when and if a hospital stay is necessary. The ONS certified nurses on the inpatient oncology units and outpatient infusion center are trained in chemotherapy administration and work closely with the medical oncologists.

Our team focus at the Capital Health Center for Oncology continues to operate at the highest levels recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care. In fact, the CoC has granted us the Outstanding Achievement Award twice and bestowed its highest accreditation: the Three-Year Approval with Commendation.

Our Radiation Oncology Department strives to provide quality care and is accredited by the American College of Radiology to ensure that we are meeting their standards.

We understand that this can be a very stressful time for you and your family and it is our goal to provide you with the most professional and courteous service possible. If during the course of your care you have any concerns, I encourage you to discuss the matter directly with your doctor, or please bring it to my attention by calling 609-537-7043.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,

Rona Remstein, RN, BSN, BA
Director, Oncology Services
Capital Health Center for Oncology
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