|Put Cancer in its place —
The Oncology Care Unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has been helping patients battle cancer for more than 10 years.
Our nationally certified oncology care nurses are one reason we recently earned an accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
We're the only hospital in Northeast Tarrant County to garner the three-year accreditation.
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Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is the only hospital in Northeast Tarrant County with a three-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
The Commission on Cancer established the accreditation standards to help patients and their families find quality facilities close to home, comprehensive care with state-of-the-art technology, a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate care, a cancer registry, and access to education, support and information for oncology patients. Only 16 hospitals in North Texas have the designation, according to the Commission on Cancer.
The Oncology Care Unit (OCU) at Texas Health HEB is a 13-bed inpatient unit with a three-chair outpatient area that provides care for oncology and hematology patients. The OCU provides care for oncology and hematology patients who range in age from young adult to geriatric.
The OCU offers inpatient and outpatient services to those patients who require all aspects of cancer care, including intensive education, various treatment modalities (surgery, chemotherapy and high-dose chemotherapy, biotherapy, radiation therapy, blood transfusions, and neutropenic support), pain management, and supportive care for patients and their families.
Support services include family and patient education, cancer support groups, pastoral care, social services, physical therapy, consultation with dietitians, and discharge planning and arrangement of home health services. Specialized nursing care is provided for patients with a cancer-related diagnosis ranging from detection to end-of-life.
As cancer treatments become more complex, patients require increasingly specialized care. The nurses of the OCU provide this level of care. Nearly all of the eligible nurses on the OCU have achieved national certification in cancer care. Nurses who achieve these certifications have completed specialized education and examinations in oncology nursing, according to the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. Since certification is based on current professional practice, it ensures that certified nurses have the most up-to-date knowledge about cancer care.
Once a patient is admitted to the OCU, the patient's episodic acute care needs are determined. In collaboration with the patient and their family, an individualized plan of care and patient goals are developed based on the initial assessment of the patient and the physician's orders. The plan of care and patient goals are reviewed at least once every shift to determine the patient's progress and areas of priority.