New palliative care physician to serve both cancer centers
Asante has recently appointed Elizabeth Guenther Harmon, MD, to provide palliative care services to patients treated at both cancer centers.
The palliative care clinic is an addition to existing cancer clinics, including Radiation Oncology, Infusion, Gynecologic Oncology and Hematology Oncology Associates.
Dr. Harmon joined Asante from John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, where she completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative care. She served her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, and board-eligible in hospice and palliative care medicine.
Her research has appeared in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition and the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and in presentation and poster sessions at national pediatrics, oncology and palliative care conferences.
The team includes Dr. Harmon and social worker Jenni Biegler, who work collaboratively with other members of the patient’s health care team to help coordinate and implement plans of care.
“We focus on care for the whole person, helping patients achieve the best quality of life, with or without cancer treatments,” Dr. Harmon says. “Visits are spent addressing any spiritual, psychological or social distress, in addition to providing intensive symptom management.”
The team also addresses advance directives to help patients and their families plan for the future.
The palliative care clinic serves patients at the Mary and Dick Heimann Cancer Center in Medford on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and the Helen K. Spears Cancer Center in Grants Pass on Thursdays.
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