August 18, 2011

Cancer Center debuts clinic in Green Hills

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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s new clinic is located at 3810 Bedford Ave., behind the Mall at Green Hills. (photo by Steve Green)

Cancer Center debuts clinic in Green Hills

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has opened a free-standing cancer clinic in Green Hills to give cancer patients more options for their oncology care.

VICC Green Hills provides many of the same services available at the main VICC campus, including access to board-certified cancer physicians and specially trained oncology nurses and pharmacists.

Patients can see an oncologist, have their laboratory tests performed and receive their chemotherapy all in one location.

Chemotherapy drugs are prepared onsite in the specially equipped pharmacy to reduce the amount of time patients spend waiting for drug infusions.

VICC’s new Green Hills clinic features a large waiting room, six patient exam rooms and 11 chemotherapy chairs. (photo by Steve Green)

VICC’s new Green Hills clinic features a large waiting room, six patient exam rooms and 11 chemotherapy chairs. (photo by Steve Green)

Patients who receive their care in the Green Hills facility are eligible for enrollment in clinical research trials available at VICC.

“At the new VICC Green Hills clinic we are providing the same high-quality standard of care that our patients have come to expect in all of our VICC cancer facilities,” said Michael Neuss, M.D., chief medical officer for VICC.

“We are committed to reaching out to a wider community so that we can bring our expertise and access to clinical research trials to patients in the most convenient setting possible.”

The new clinic was designed and built to be environmentally sensitive. The LEED-certified space is decorated in relaxing shades of blue and green with earth-tone accents and features a large, open waiting room, six patient exam rooms and 11 chemotherapy chairs.

The chemotherapy infusion area includes communal space as well as chairs with more privacy.

The clinic also features physician offices, team work rooms and a consultation room.

The light-filled clinic includes large banks of windows in the waiting areas, with patios on both sides of the building, which is located behind the Mall at Green Hills at 3810 Bedford Ave., Suite 100, near the intersection with Crestmoor Road.

Free parking is available in front of the Freeman Webb office building where the clinic is located.

In addition to VICC oncologists who are already seeing some patients at the Green Hills clinic, Vanderbilt has hired Hammad Rashid, M.D., as the first full-time hematologist/oncologist to join the Green Hills staff.

Hammad Rashid, M.D.

Hammad Rashid, M.D.

After receiving his medical degree, Rashid served his residency in internal medicine at a hospital affiliated with Cornell University in New York, and completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Rashid is board certified in hematology, oncology and internal medicine and was in private practice for several years in Ohio and Texas before joining the VICC faculty.

“Vanderbilt has a very strong basic science department and their clinical footprint has been expanding,” Rashid said. “I wanted to be part of that community of doctors who are at the forefront of clinical research, with national and international recognition, while still being able to see all kinds of hematological and oncological diseases.”

He is also pleased with the new clinic’s central location and easy parking access for patients.

“It is an ideal location that is very accessible for patients and it is not too far away from the Medical Center so patients who need other treatments, such as surgery or radiation therapy, can go back and forth,” explained Rashid.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (615) 936-8422.