New Wellmont Cancer Institute Facility In Johnson City
Maximizes Comfort, Promotes Healing For Patients
JOHNSON CITY – Soothing colors, gorgeous photos and abundant
natural light will enhance the healing experience for patients as the Wellmont Cancer
Institute reinforces its high quality of care in its newest facility
The cancer institute is moving its Johnson City physician
office and infusion service to 378 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 10. Scheduled to
open March 24, the new facility is located next to Wellmont
Urgent Care and Northern Tool behind Fuddruckers and continues the superior
care the cancer institute has delivered in the community.
Patients diagnosed with all types of cancer and other blood
disorders have been seen by medical oncologists from Wellmont
Medical Associates Oncology
& Hematology and received infusion since January 2013 at 302 Wesley
St., Suite 3. This was a temporary home that enabled the cancer institute to
treat patients in Johnson City as it prepared to move to a permanent location.
“We are grateful for the tremendous reception we have
received to our services and are confident patients will be even more
comfortable during their care at our new facility,” said Sue Lindenbusch, the
cancer institute’s senior vice president. “We have added many touches in our
new building’s layout that will give patients greater strength and hope. At the
same time, the compassion of our highly skilled oncologists and other
remarkable staff will remain unchanged.”
The cancer institute celebrated the upcoming opening with a
ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours Wednesday, March 5. Attendees saw six exams
rooms, eight infusion bays, the nurse’s station, multiple work areas for
clinicians and staff and other amenities.
Among the services available to patients will be
chemotherapy, hydrations and injections.
Lindenbusch said peaceful surroundings in the new facility,
which will include paintings by Science Hill High School students, were
designed with patients’ comfort in mind.
In addition to increased natural light, photos and artwork,
the new location will feature infusion chairs that provide the comfort patients
need while offering heat and massage capabilities that benefit them greatly.
Lindenbusch said the chairs help preserve skin integrity, which can be an issue
for cancer patients.
Patients will have ease of access, with parking right
outside the front door.
“Cancer is a life-changing illness that affects each patient
and family differently, and our goal is to meet their needs in all respects,”
Lindenbusch said. “It’s part of our holistic approach to treatment that
empowers our patients to heal in body, mind and spirit. We spent a great deal
of time thinking about the best way to assist our patients from the moment they
entered this facility to the moment they left.”
The primary health professionals at the new location are
Maatouk and Fadi
Abu-Shahin, who are both medical doctors with Wellmont Medical Associates
Oncology & Hematology, and nurse practitioner Myra Blankenship. Dr. Paul
Kramer, a medical doctor and a gynecologic oncologist with Wellmont Medical
Cancer Services, will see patients there once a week.
Patients will also be able to connect to varied other
caregivers, including social workers, dieticians, the only licensed genetic
counselor in Northeast Tennessee, clinical trials personnel and oncology nurse
“We are blessed to have such a beautiful new building and
provide multiple services to our patients,” Dr. Maatouk said. “Receiving a
cancer diagnosis is a major moment in patients’ lives, and we’re grateful to be
there for them in a facility that enables them to focus on healing and looking
toward a future of promise. All of us are committed to helping them achieve
The cancer institute has also incorporated into the facility
a small retail store, called the Wishing Well Shoppe, which will help patients
with the side effects of cancer and lift their spirits. Among the broad
spectrum of items patients can select are skin and mouth products, clothes and
This relocation consolidates the cancer’s institute’s
Johnson City services, which also include the Wellmont
Breast Center, on the Wellmont Outpatient Campus. The breast center, which
provides mammograms, opened in 2012 at 316 Marketplace Blvd., and will continue
to provide this screening test there.
Other care available at the outpatient center is the
Wellmont Medical Associates family
medicine practices of Drs. Bob
Connell and Rita
Plemmons and the Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology
& Sleep practice of Dr. Mark
Emery. All of these physicians are medical doctors and located in the same
building as the breast center.
On the other side of State of Franklin Road, located at 2124
Knob Creek Road, are the Wellmont CVA
Heart Institute and the Wellmont Medical Associates Women’s
Health practice of Dr. Peter
Earl, an obstetrician and gynecologist who is also a medical doctor.
“It’s been our privilege to provide these services to our
patients close to their home or work in Johnson City,” said Denny DeNarvaez, Wellmont Health System’s president and CEO.
“We have been pleased to bring services to the community at the request of
people who want a choice in providers. Wellmont appreciates their support and
is thankful for the opportunity to have innovative care and medical
professionals who are making a positive difference in people’s lives."