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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Coosa Valley Medical Center celebrated expansion and growth Wednesday afternoon as Coosa Valley Hematology and Oncology (CVHO) hosted its open house. Refreshments were provided to those who attended and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held with the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce.

CVHO has been operating in its newly renovated professional office building for the last two months. The old location, according to Dr. Allen L. Yeilding who has been caring for patients in Sylacauga for nearly 30 years, was too small to comfortably provide service to patients and families as he believed his office should. He said the new facility will allow his office to improve the quality and efficiency of service and care. He praised CVMC for the commitment and dedication it has shown to the office and its patients by undertaking the project of remodeling the facility.

The aspect of the office which needed the most improvement according to Yeilding was the treatment room. This is the room where patients receive chemotherapy and all other treatments associated with cancer, including IV fluids and nausea medicines. Yeilding said there is a newly-found comfort in the treatment room.

“The increase in space and comfort better facilitates our daily management of patients leading to the best care that can be provided,” he stated.

The treatment room is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and every treatment chair is equipped with an Apple iPad. The devices enable patients to access literature which helps them to understand their disease and treatment options.

Patients participating in their care is important. Yeilding said patients normally have a better outcome when they are informed and engaged with the entire process of their care. “This is where they win or lose the battle against cancer, therefore everything needs to be state-of-the-art, and also needs to be service oriented to the patients and the family,” he said.

The number one priority for CVHO is keeping patients near their homes. Yeilding told his office administers the same cutting-edge treatments provided in Birmingham or any other large city. The ability to administer such treatments locally reduces the difficulty and stress put on those who would otherwise be forced to leave the area and make a 100 mile round trip to receive care.

“If you have cancer and you’re taking chemotherapy, and you’re being forced to travel, that combined wear and tear takes a toll on people,” said Yeilding.

CVHO has four physicians, seven nurses, and five business personnel on staff. The organization which provides physicians, Hematology and Oncology Associates of Alabama, provide similar care in Birmingham and Fultondale.

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