The Ambulatory staff are the ones who care for patients providing specialty treatment outside of the operating room. It may be a person who requires daily, weekly, or monthly IV medication administration that cannot be done at home. They also manage different conditions of patients ranging from blood disorders to IV line maintenance, to pain control, and even catheter care.
Many members of the community are not aware of these services offered by AMH and many of them have to make trips to Fort Wayne or to a specialist’s office when, in fact, they could receive them right here in their home community.
For example, patients who are receiving chemotherapy often are ordered a medication known as Neulasta 24-48 hours after the treatment. In many cases, this same medication could be received in the comfort of an Ambulatory Care Service room at AMH. Think of the time and travel and convenience alone saved if done at AMH! Speak with your ordering physician to see if this could be an option available to you. Many times it is the patient seeing a specialist from outside Adams County that is unaware they can be seen for follow-up care, treatment, and testing at AMH. Specialists may refer people here because it benefits the patient. If you had a choice of driving 60 miles to receive an IV medication administered to you – especially if you’re not feeling all that well to start with – or perhaps just a mile or two, the answer is obvious.