Community Hospital East begins offering state-of-the-art melanoma cancer treatment
April 21, 2016—Community East will begin treating certain melanoma cancer patients with the first-ever oncolytic immunotherapy approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This immunotherapy, which was approved by the FDA at the end of 2015, involves a gene-modified version of the herpes virus injected into a tumor. According to Dr. Natraj Reddy Ammakkanavar, a Community Physician Network board-certified hematologist and medical oncologist, "It’s an amazing leap forward in providing treatment for those with this disease and increases patients’ survival rates, although it’s not a cure." Read more >>
Suzanne Koehler joins Community Health Network as East Region vice president and COO
Suzanne Koehler has joined Community Health Network as the vice president and chief operations officer of the network’s East Region. Koehler has more than 29 years of healthcare experience and most recently served as vice president of operations with Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota.
In her new role, Koehler is responsible for providing strategic growth planning, execution and operational leadership to designated product lines and patient services in the East Region, as well as oversight of Community’s $175 million investment on its East campus. Learn more >>
New Community Hospital East slated for 2019
A $175 million investment project has been announced that includes construction of an entirely new hospital designed to take Community East into the future for many years to come. A brand new hospital tower will house inpatient and procedural rooms, and the Family Medicine Center will move from 10th and Mithoeffer to the campus. In 2016, a new emergency department will be built at the back of the hospital. The redevelopment project is expected to be completed in 2019 – with virtually no disruption to patient care. Learn more >>