The inpatient oncology unit at Mercy Hospital Downtown, the first of its kind in Bakersfield, is dedicated to meeting the special needs of patients who have cancer and their families. Our experienced team of caregivers is committed to providing high quality care for the mind, body, and spirit.
The inpatient oncology unit brings patients with cancer together with specialized nursing care in a single dedicated space. This enhancement allows for improved coordination of care and a better overall experience for our patients and their families.
The registered nurses caring for patients here have completed Oncology Nursing Certification, a nationally-recognized credential for nurses who complete specialized training in oncology care. They have knowledge and experience in caring for patients experiencing the complex problems that can be associated with cancer.
Each patient really has an entire team caring for them. Every afternoon during the week, that multidisciplinary team of caregivers visits our patients. The group, made up of a nurse, a pharmacist, a representative from dietary, social services, case management and others depending on the individual needs of the patient will discuss the plan of care and answer questions. It’s important to us that our patients play an active role in their health care.
We recognize the impact a diagnosis of cancer can have on patients as well as family members. Our inpatient oncology unit was designed in collaboration with hospital staff, physicians, and our Patient and Family Centered Care team with the medical and emotional needs of our patients and their loved ones in mind. Family can be an important part of healing, so our patient rooms can accommodate family members who wish to stay overnight. Each patient has a board in their room to use as they wish. It’s their space to be creative—write a thought for the day, post meaningful photos—or to give practical instruction for the staff. The unit also features a family lounge that provides a comfortable place for families to visit. Complete with a television, magazines, games and other items, the family lounge can offer a break from the bedside without being far from a loved one. Refreshments are also available in the family lounge.
Also available on the inpatient oncology unit
Art for Healing
Art for Healing offers patients and their families an opportunity to experience the healing benefits that may come from creative expression. Art for Healing offers programs on the unit weekly.
Mercy Cares Support Group
Mercy Cares is a general support group for our inpatients diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. The group is led by our Social Services Department and meets weekly on the unit.
We can assist patients with access to other resources such as nutritional counseling, wound care, genetics education, home health, palliative care, hospice, and social services. We can also help identify resources available throughout our community that would benefit our patients, and their families.
Seven private patient rooms and a family lounge make up the inpatient oncology unit located on the ground floor at Mercy Hospital Downtown. The Friends of Mercy Foundation funded the renovation of this space dedicated to cancer patients and their families.