Cancer Care & Infusion Services
Our Cancer Care & Infusion Services Center is open daily 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM in Clinic #1, Suite 100.
Bringing Care Closer to Home:
We’ve partnered with Intermountain’s Oncology specialists via TeleHealth. From early detection to treatments, including chemotherapy and care planning, Intermountain Healthcare oncologists provide individualized support and medically-advanced care. These specialists are able to visit with Uintah Basin Healthcare patients and caregivers via video, reducing the need for you or your loved ones to travel long distances to receive care.
How Does It Work?
Intermountain’s TeleHealth programs provide patients with more options to access the care they need, no matter where they are. UBH care teams will connect you and your loved ones with Intermountain clinicians using secure, video visit technology.
About UBH Cancer Care & Infusion Services:
We have an average of 29.5 oncology visits per month. During 2023, we treated 145 unique patients at our locations in Roosevelt and Vernal. There are many benefits to offering tele-oncology services for our local patients. There are many less miles for our sick patients to travel and a massive amount of time saved. Rather than having to travel out to the Wasatch front, families can stay in their familiar communities and be close to their loved ones and local support. Additionally, by staying local, families can save money they would have had to spend on fuel, food, and lodging expenses. For the typical cancer patient in our area, they will save approximately 110,000 miles of travel yearly by staying local rather than making the drive to the Wasatch Front.
For More Information:
Call your local Cancer Care Team at Uintah Basin Healthcare at (435)247-4298 or visit https://intermountainhealthcare.org/About/Transforming-healthcare/Pro/ for more information on TeleHealth and other healthcare topics.
Our Infusion Centers (in both Vernal and Roosevelt) offers short and long-term therapy in a comfortable setting. Our centers provides quality care to patients who may not require hospitalization. Patients are admitted directly from physician offices, emergency departments, or other hospitals, and are monitored by a team of expert clinicians with extensive education in outpatient services.
The facilities offer comfortable power recliners with charging ports, complimentary wi-fi, warm blankets, and optional ambulatory pumps for home use.
Services offered at Uintah Basin Healthcare Infusion Services:
- Antibiotic Infusion – Antibiotics are administered directly into the bloodstream through and IV line. This makes it possible for more of the antibiotics to arrive at the infection site more quickly and in larger amounts.
- IV Hydration– This therapy flushes your body with clean fluids and helps improve the functioning of your organs.
- Tysabri Remicade-Tysabri is used on patients suffering from a relapse in multiple sclerosis and is only taken after failed results from other treatments. It is known to reduce flare-ups, slows down the progression of physical disability, and reduces the chances of new brain lesions and any new activity. Tysabri is also used to treat Crohn’s disease by reducing signs and symptoms. Tysabri is primarily used to treat Crohn’s disease in patients who have not experienced desired results with other medicines, primarily tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.
- Venofer – Is used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.
- Aredia – Aredia (pamidronate disodium) is a bisphosphonate used to treat high levels of calcium in the blood related to cancer (also called hypercalcemia of malignancy), and is also used to treat Paget’s disease of bone. Aredia is used to treat bone damage caused by certain types of cancer such as breast cancer or bone marrow cancer.
- Blood Transfusion – A blood transfusion is a routine medical procedure in which donated blood is provided to you through a narrow tube placed within a vein in your arm.
- Epogen – EPOGEN® is a prescription medicine used to treat a lower than normal number of red blood cells (anemia) caused by chronic kidney disease in patients on dialysis to reduce or avoid the need for red blood cell transfusions.
- Neupogen – A prescription medicine that is used to stimulate the growth of white blood cells.
- IV Immunoglobulin Therapy – Immunoglobulin is part of your blood’s plasma. It has antibodies in it to fight germs or disease. When people donate blood, this part can be separated out. Then it can be given to you through a vein in your arm, or IV. If you get IVIg, it can help strengthen your immune system so you can fight infections and stay healthy.
- Zometa – A drug used alone to treat hypercalcemia (high blood levels of calcium) caused by cancer and with other anticancer drugs to treat multiple myeloma and cancers that have spread to the bone.
- PICC Line Insertion & Maintenance – A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), also called a PICC line, is a long, thin tube that’s inserted through a vein in your arm and passed through to the larger veins near your heart. Very rarely, the PICC line may be placed in your leg.
Uintah Basin Medical Center now provides an extra level of support to cancer patients in the Uintah Basin with access to experts in the field of oncology through the expansion of a partnership with Intermountain Healthcare. Using TeleHealth technology, including high-definition cameras, monitors, and audio equipment, clinicians in Roosevelt and Vernal can quickly connect with Erik Rupard, MD, and his team of oncology specialists at Intermountain HealthCare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
To learn more call our UBH Cancer Care Team at (435)247-4298.
Dr. Erik Rupard earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland. He then completed an internal medicine residency and a hematology-oncology fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Rupard is an assistant professor at Drexel University College of Medicine in Reading, Pennsylvania. He has served as Chief of the Hematology-Oncology Service at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Georgia. In 2011, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army, and is a combat veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he led the 81st Troop Medical Clinic insuring the Iraq surge). Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Rupard served for ten years as Chief of Hematology/Oncology at the McGlinn Cancer Institute in Reading, Pennsylvania. Dr. Rupard is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology, and has served as the principal investigator for a variety of clinical trials.
250 W 300 N Clinic 1, Ste 100
405 N 500 W Building 1, Ste 301
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