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Oncology Nurse Gives Clinic Accolades to Specialty Clinic 

Quality care close to home is especially important for patients who are receiving cancer treatments.  A caring staff, knowledgeable physicians, and confidence in the services you are receiving can make all the difference in your recovery.

Linda McSherry, an Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner, is familiar with care close to home.  She has been administering chemotherapy medicines at Oxford Hills Internal Medicine in Norway for over 33 years. 

Up until last year, however, patients had to go outside the community to see an Oncologist, a physician specializing in cancer care.  This all changed in the spring of 2008, when Western Maine Multi-Medical Specialists opened the Stephens Memorial Oncology Specialty Clinic next to Stephens Memorial Hospital.  Now, a physician comes to the clinic twice a month and patient’s cancer care, blood work, and chemotherapy are all managed locally.

Services at the Stephens Memorial Oncology Specialty Clinic are provided to the patients of Western Maine thanks to a partnership with Maine Medical Center and the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders.  Dr. David C. Benton of Brunswick, who joined the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders in 2007, provides services at the clinic in Norway twice a month with his staff. 

McSherry says that the computers at the clinic are connected both to the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders as well as Oxford Hills Internal Medicine to ensure cohesive care throughout a patient’s treatment.  She shares that “Patients are very grateful to have all of their care locally and they all like Dr. Benton very much.  It is working out great.  If there are emergent issues between Dr. Benton’s visits to the clinic, he is always willing to make room in his schedule in Brunswick to see patients if he is unable to come to Norway.”

Patient Pauline Moore, of South Paris, a private person by her accounts, is eager to agree with McSherry, stating “Dr. Benton is very nice; there isn’t anyone over there that hasn’t been nice.  I have a lot of confidence in what they are doing, so that is all that matters.”  She also shares how glad she is to have all of her care, blood work, and chemotherapy all in her community.

McSherry adds that another benefit of having Dr. Benton on staff, is his proximity to other specialists at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine.  He is able to consult with other physicians, or have patients seen by them for special diagnoses, and then follow up on their care locally, another great advantage for patients.   While care is managed through Oxford Hills Internal Medicine on an ongoing basis, the physician group has the support of the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine being on call and available for phone coverage if a patient issue arises after hours. 

Dr. Benton also participates in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Tumor Conference, has been working on education pieces for the staff from the monthly MedEd meetings, and has offered educational trainings for the Stephens Memorial Hospital Cancer Committee. 

The benefits of cancer care close to home go on and on and will continue to grow at Stephens Memorial Specialty Clinic.

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