When the diagnosis is cancer, there’s comfort in knowing that you don’t have to go far from home for treatment. Ocala Health is your partner, providing the best in prevention, screening, education, and care for cancer patients and their families. The cancer program at Ocala Health’s Ocala Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services. With more than 25 years of specialized service, you can trust you'll be treated with the best of care.
While the facilities are important, it’s our multi-disciplinary team, aiding in the patient’s treatment, which makes the difference in each patient’s care. One of the main assets in the patient’s team is the oncology patient navigator that is there to walk you through the process and to provide convenience, continuity, and genuine care.
Oncology Patient Navigator
Jolene Hetsler, RN
This is our oncology patient navigator, Jolene Hetsler, RN. She will guide you through the health care system, educate you about your treatment options, assist you in finding financial assistance, facilitate the communication of your health care team, assist you with keeping track of and getting to your appointments, and direct you to community resources and support groups.
To meet the rest of our multi-disciplinary team, check out the section below.
Board certified physicians – physicians with exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice
Oncology Certified Nurses – OCN specialty-trained nurses who have the knowledge necessary to care for adult oncology patients. This certification validates an individual's knowledge in cancer nursing
Oncology patient navigator – a nurse who helps you to make the transition from diagnosis to treatment simple and seamless in order to help you through your recovery and healing process
Specialized pharmacists – pharmacists trained in oncology medicines
Pathologists – a physician (MD or DO) who is trained to examine and interpret results of tests done on body tissue. This information is important for your diagnosis and recovery
Case managers – advocates who help you understand your current health status, what you can do about it, and why treatments are important
Social workers - professionals who are knowledgeable about available community and governmental resources and psychosocial implications for individuals and families. He or she provides appropriate interventions and discharge planning services
Licensed clinical dietitians – a licensed specialist who will help you plan your diet
Genetic counselor – a professional who provides comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, patient education, and genetic testing
Inpatient Oncology Services
The cancer program at Ocala Regional Medical Center has a dedicated 18-bed inpatient unit where many of the rooms are private. This family-centered unit encourages involvement of family and friends through the use of our Cancer Resource Room located on the third floor. There, they can find information on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options through numerous books, video tapes, DVDs and internet resources.
Outpatient Oncology Services
The dedicated outpatient center consists of specially-trained oncology nurses who provide the best possible care to each patient. The infusion center delivers outpatient cancer services and care for 6,800 visits annually. Through the infusion center, patients can receive: chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other therapies for cancer. Chemotherapy is a therapeutic method of utilizing drugs that interfere with the cancer's ability to reproduce and grow. This form of treatment can be administered on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
- Comfortable reclining chairs
- Private room with bed
- Light snacks and beverages
- Educational brochures and books
Hours of Operation
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Sat & Sun: 8:00am - 10:00am
For infusion center registration or general inquiries, contact (352) 401-1185.
Services used to determine the location and specific type of disease are provided at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital. Complete diagnostic imaging services available include: CT scan, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound. For your outpatient diagnostic needs, contact Advanced Imaging Centers, a member of the Ocala Health team.
Ocala Health offers you and your doctor a comprehensive place to go for cancer surgery. There are many goals associated with surgery, whether it's to diagnose, treat, or relieve the symptoms it causes.
Your team, together, will best decide the right one for you. Ocala Health's navigator will be here to provide you with additional education and/or support you need throughout this process.
Comprehensive Laboratory Services
The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO) and College of American Pathologists (CAP) approvals ensure that we have quality laboratory services for all patients.
Full radiation therapy services are available a short distance from the hospital.
A small but significant percentage of cancers are hereditary. Identification of individuals at increased risk to develop cancer by virtue of a strong family history or an altered gene allows for early intervention. Screening has the potential to detect cancer at an early stage when prognosis is generally better and risk-reducing strategies may prevent disease from occurring. Therefore, patients can learn very important information during genetic counseling that may change their medical management. Most patients who pursue genetic counseling are interested in learning what the chances are that they will develop cancer (or develop cancer again) and what the risks may be for their children.
Our genetic counselor provides comprehensive cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, patient education, and genetic testing for patients who are concerned about cancer risk.
Valuable Resources in Your Community
In addition to these listed below, our cancer program has relationships with HUGS, Palliative Care, Royal Dames, Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, and many other helpful organizations. Ask the oncology patient navigator for more information about community resources and support at (352) 401-1534.