New site in Methuen offers increased access and expanded services for patients with cancer
Following a festive ribbon cutting earlier this week, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is opening a new site this week in the Merrimack Valley offering expanded cancer and blood disorder care and outpatient services for adult patients in the region. The new site, located at 5 Branch Street in Methuen, unites the Dana-Farber physician practices in Lawrence and Methuen into one outpatient location.
With an environment similar to the Dana-Farber Longwood (Boston) location, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Merrimack Valley site has expanded space with 24 exam rooms and 32 infusion bays.
The new space allows patients at Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley access to many of Dana-Farber’s open clinical trials, the ability to get genetic testing and meet with a genetic counselor to learn more about cancer risk based on personal and family history, coordinate care with registered dieticians who have special training in oncology and integrative medicine, and meet with licensed oncology clinical social workers for consultation, guidance and supportive counseling.
In addition, there will be a higher level of comfort and convenience for patients with an expanded waiting room, private infusion bays, charging stations throughout the waiting and infusion areas, infusion chairs with a heated function as well as free onsite parking and a café on the first floor.
There is natural light throughout the space and the windows overlook the landscape. The waiting room features a 30-foot aerial photo depicting the Merrimack Valley and various local landmarks, connecting the community to this new facility.
“We are thrilled to open this new site that will benefit patients in the Merrimack Valley and will offer them enhanced access to Dana-Farber oncologists and care teams. This new site will help us provide the exceptional and convenient cancer care which is an important part of our mission,” said Craig A. Bunnell, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Dana-Farber.
“This new facility is exciting for patients and it will be great to have the Dana-Farber staff members from Lawrence and Methuen under one roof. Overall, it will be more convenient for patients with brand new, larger, and more comfortable infusion areas. Thank you to Dana-Farber for helping patients on their cancer journey,” said Stacey Fusco, a patient from Methuen.
All clinical services are provided on the third floor of the building, over approximately 30,000 square feet.
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L to R:
Front row: Cindy Arcieri, Director of Nursing and clinical operations; Stacey Fusco, patient; Yamil Kouri, MD, Medical Director – DF Merrimack Valley; Darcy Cardarelli, patient; Kathy Karwowski, Operations Director; Terri Rousseau, Practice Manager
Back row: Emma Dann, Associate Chief Nurse; Sarah Francis, Vice President, Network Operations; David Dougherty, MD, Medical Director; Methuen Mayor Neil Perry; Representative Linda Dean Campbell; Methuen City Councilor Jessica Finocchiaro; Senator Barry Finegold