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Sanford Worthington expanding cancer services

April 4, 2013

	Pictured above, L to R, are Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic outreach clinic providers Dr. Liangping Weng, MD, Robin Uithoven, Certified Nurse Practiitioner, and Victoria Blanchette, RN, and Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic Nurse Supervisor.  
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Pictured above, L to R, are Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic outreach clinic providers Dr. Liangping Weng, MD, Robin Uithoven, Certified Nurse Practiitioner, and Victoria Blanchette, RN, and Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic Nurse Supervisor.
By Norma Dittman
Sanford Worthington has announced that it is expanding its cancer services to outreach locations at Murray County Medical Center- Slayton, Sanford Tracy, Sanford Jackson, Sanford Westbrook, in Minnesota, and Sanford Sheldon in Iowa.

Two providers who have recently joined Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic are Dr. Liangping Weng, MD, and Certified Nurse Practitioner Robin Uithoven.

Dr. Weng relocated to Worthington from the Boston, MA, area. He began seeing patients at Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic in early March of this year. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and specializes in hematology and medical oncology.

Dr. Weng received his medical degree from Wannan Medical College, China in 1984. His medical residency was completed at Mount Vernon Hospital in New York. He served his hematology/oncology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Oncology. He spent several years performing cancer research studies at Boston University, Dana-Farbar Farbar Cancer Institute and Ohio State University, concentrating on the molecular and genetic base of the malignancy behavior of cancer cells.

Robin Uithoven, CNP, is living in Spirit Lake, Iowa, having moved from the Twin Cities. She began seeing patients at Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic on March 25th.

Uithoven, who is originally from Sioux Falls, SD, attended the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and Bethel University, St. Paul, MN to complete her undergraduate training.

Uithoven’s graduate studies were completed at St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN. She worked as a nurse for 28 years and as a nurse practitioner for the past fourteen years. Her specialities are in internal medicine and infectious disease.

Victoria Blanchette, RN, and Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic Nurse Supervisor, is a graduate of Worthington High School and Minnesota West Çommunity and Technical College, Worthington. She has been employed as a nurse with Sanford Health since 2001. Prior to 2001, she worked for JBS in disease management. She will be coordinating much of the cancer patient care, and outreach cancer care service and patient care. “You begin to learn about the barriers that patients experience when they are working with a disease such as diabetes, heart health, and cancer. I am very passionate about educating our patients about keeping themselves as healthy as they can and in learning about resources that are available within our area communities. When I heard that we were establishing outreach cancer services, I was very excited. This is what we need and we are very fortunate to have Dr. weng and Robin Uithoven on staff. This is a blessing for this region,” she stated. Dr. Weng and Ms. Uithoven will be providing comprehensive oncology care in a team approach. They will provide exams, ordering and interpretation of testings, prescribing medications and which will include therapies such as chemo and radiation, as well as providing palative cancer care when treatments are no longer effective.

Chemotherapies will be able to be administered at each outreach clinic location.

“All of these services are new in this location and is a variable in the Sanford System,” Dr. Weng said. “We will provide a more disciplinary team that will provide all types of cancer care including the supportive care when cancer becomes untreatable. This is the way that Sanford Health can offer patients who have been traveling greater distances for their care to be able to receive cancer care closer to home. Sometimes traveling further for their care can be very difficult.”

Dr. Weng, Ms. Uithoven and Victoria will provide on-going educating patients about the testing, results, and recommended therapies to make certain they completely understand what they are being told.

“This is a learning process for all of us due to the fact that these are new services ” Uithoven stated. “We are all very excited to be here and to be a part of the Sanford Health Systems as they begin offering these new services.” At the present time, Uithoven will be mostly available at the Sanford Worthington Clinic.

Cancer services outreach clinics have already begun in Jackson and Sheldon with cancer clinics available the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Sanford Sheldon and the second and fourth Friday morning of each month at Sanford Jackson.

Cancer services outreach clinics are being planned for the first and third Friday morning of each month at Sanford Windom; and the first and third Wednesday of each month at Slayton and Tracy, according to Blanchette.

Fore more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Weng or Ms. Uithoven, please contact Sanford Worthington Cancer Clinic at 507-343-6100. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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