About a year and a half after he began working at Sutter Coast Hospital, oncologist Dr. Richard Adrouny will soon offer chemotherapy treatments at the hospital’s new infusion center.

The hospital has been offering chemotherapy since October 2016, Adrouny said, but offering the treatment in a dedicated environment will make patients more comfortable.

“It’s not so much that it’s a new service,” he said. “It’s absolutely true that the availability of infusion services here in Crescent City has made a big impact in terms of the lives of people we’re treating (because of) the fact that they, for the most part, are not having to travel out of town to get these infusion services.”

The infusion center will also offer blood and rheumatology infusions in addition to oncologic services, said Ellie Popadic, the hospital’s director of Ancillary Services and Business Development. The hospital cut the ribbon on its new infusion center at an open house Monday for the medical community and other dignitaries.

Sutter Coast Hospital is still awaiting on the state to license its new infusion center before it can begin accepting patients, Popadic said. It will house nine infusion chairs, including one in a private room, she said.

“It’s more of a bed that can also sit up like a chair,” Popadic said. “That’s important for some patients. They want to be able to lay down and rest and not be around others. But other patients, when having infusions like to be around other patients in similar situations so they can talk and collaborate.”

Adrouny was one of four specialists the hospital brought to Crescent City in 2016. Since then, he’s provided in-patient consultations at the hospital as well as chemotherapy treatment to people in Del Norte and Curry counties who otherwise would have been transported to hospitals out of the area.

“That’s been very gratifying is to be able to take care of people that perhaps in the past we wouldn’t be able to do,” he said.

The hospital will also host a cancer support group beginning in March and many members will be able to visit with each other when receiving treatment at the infusion center, Popadic said.

“It gives it much more of a neighbors caring for neighbors; a community approach to healing as well,” she said.

The cancer support group helps people with cancer and their caregivers understand the disease, manage their lives through treatment and find emotional support. It’s designed for individuals with any cancer diagnosis, according to a hospital press release, including long-term survivors.

The cancer support group meets 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month in the large conference room at Sutter Coast Hospital, 800 E. Washington Blvd., Crescent City. The first meeting will be held March 5.

For more information, call 707-464-8946 or visit suttercoast.org.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .