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Regional Cancer Center

Compassionate, patient-centered care

In order to develop a collaborative approach to comprehensive cancer care, Lee Health—with our physician partners, 21st Century Oncology and Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute—opened the doors of the Regional Cancer Center in 2008.

Our mission is to treat each patient as a person—not a disease—and to incorporate family and friends into the healing process. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of compassionate care for our patients and their families. To aid in our mission, Regional Cancer Center provides:

  • Outpatient infusion center, which provides a comfortable, calming environment for our patients receiving treatment.
  • An on-site Lab makes it easy and more convenient for our patients to complete necessary tests, including complete blood counts, urinalysis and basic chemistries.
  • A convenient, on-site Pharmacy ensures that our patients have easy access to their medications, as well as our pharmacy staff, who can answer any questions they may have.
  • Cancer navigation, which provides one-on-one medical, emotional, educational and financial assistance, begins when a person receives a suspicious finding or a cancer diagnosis and continues throughout the cancer journey.
  • Genetic testing provides a more accurate estimate of one’s personal and familial cancer risk, as well as a better chance for early detection.
  • Support groups for a variety of cancers meet monthly to provide encouragement, understanding and advice for patients, caregivers and loved ones.
  • Outreach and education throughout the community helps raise awareness about prevention, screening, early detection and treatment options.
  • Survivorship Training and Rehab (STAR) Program® offers patients coordinated and comprehensive rehabilitation treatment to improve the symptoms affecting daily functioning and quality of life.
  • Sidney and Berne Davis Healing Garden—a beautifully landscaped garden that includes tranquil water features and seating throughout, which provides visitors the opportunity to rest, reflect and heal.
  • Meditation Labyrinth, which is located within the Sidney and Berne Davis Healing Garden, reminds visitors that life is a journey.
  • Maria M. Zivic Meditation Room provides a special place for praying, quieting the soul and gathering inner strength.
  • Cookie’s Place—provides wig and prosthetic fittings, and offers yoga classes, massage therapy, essential oils, cancer awareness items, snack and sundries, and much more.
  • Frank’s Deli inspires the taste buds and nourishes the body with healthy, fresh food choices made daily. The deli is open 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

Valerie Butram, RD
Valerie Butram is the oncology dietitian for the Regional Cancer Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition at the University of Missouri and a degree in food service management from the University of Akron.She is a registered dietitian and has a special interest in ostomy, gynecology, diabetes, renal, enteral/parental, eating disorders, healthy weight management and gastrointestinal disorders.
Christine “Tina” Gegeckas, R.Ph.
Christine “Tina” Gegeckas is the pharmacy director at the Regional Cancer Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Tina is a board-certified oncology pharmacist and an active member of the Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association
Ann Holt, RN, BSN, MSN
Ann Holt is the director of the Regional Cancer Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; and a Master of Science in nursing family nurse practitioner degree at California State University at Long Beach. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the Regional Cancer Center. Anne collaborates with the vice president of Oncology Services in the planning, implementing and evaluation of the Regional Cancer Center’s public image and professional educational programs.
Pamela Schroeder, RN, BSN, OCN
Pamela Schroeder earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She has 15 years of experience in oncology nursing, and is an oncology certified nurse. As a lung and brain cancer nurse navigator, she provides disease-specific education and treatment coordination, and helps patients identify community resources. She also provides support for palliative care patients.
Tammy Zinn, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN
Tammy Zinn earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Myers, Fla. She is currently working on her Master of Science in nursing at Nova Southeastern University and expects to graduate in September 2015. Tammy is a breast health nurse navigator. In her role, she educates patients about their disease and treatment options, and helps connect patients to valuable resources, including finding money and grants to help pay for treatment. Tammy is a certified clinical breast care nurse, certified chemotherapy provider and she is certified in oncology care by the Oncology Nursing Society. She also is a certified breast health educator by EduCare, Inc.

Serving Southwest Florida since 1916, Lee Health has a long history of providing safe, high quality, leading-edge and compassionate care. We are comprised of four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, a multi-specialty group of physicians, outpatient centers, rehabilitative and diagnostic services, and wellness centers throughout Southwest Florida. Our team—which includes more than 10,500 employees, 1,000 physicians on our medical staff, and 4,500 volunteers and auxilians—is dedicated to the health and well-being of our community.

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