Kirkland Cancer Center News

Robotic Pharmacy to Open at Kirkland Cancer Center

The Kirkland Cancer Center will have a new robotic pharmacy, one of the only of its kind in the Southeast, named after a former Jackson doctor.

On Sunday, the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation named the new robotic pharmacy after Dr. Eugene Reese and his wife Eliane. The robotic pharmacy will allow medications for patients to be mixed more accurately in a liquid form and decrease the amount of waste from other forms of medication.

"I think that's a very nice honor. That's not part of what I was hoping for, necessarily. I was hoping to get the pharmacy beefed up even more than it is to be able to do some interesting things, and keep current and be efficient," Dr. Reese said.
Foundation President Frank McMeen said the pharmacy is being named after the Reeses because of a "sizable" donation made to fund the advancement."This is what he wanted to see us move to. It allows us to provide better treatment for the patients and to lead in the state of Tennessee," McMeen said.

The ribbon-cutting on Sunday officially opened the new facility, making West Tennessee Healthcare the only system in the state with similar technology, McMeen said. The new pharmacy will allow more patients to turn to Jackson and the Kirkland Cancer Center, rather than having to go out of state for treatments.

"You don't have to go somewhere else. You may choose to, but there are many things that you can do right here at home, and this is one of the latest advances," he said. "You don't have to go to Houston, or Wisconsin or Ohio. It puts us in a whole other league of cancer facilities."

Reese said the technology was something he had hoped to see the hospital gain to better serve patients.

"The pharmacy has become more and more involved in compounding the medicines, mixing them and getting them ready for patients to be treated," he said. "The pharmacy has become a much more important role in the treatment of oncology patients than it was 40 years ago."

"This will ensure people will maybe help further the commitment to the Cancer Center, that other people will maybe join us in supporting the Cancer Center in whichever way they feel appropriate," Eliane Reese said.


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Congratulations are in order!

Nori Pigue, RN, CN-BN, Breast Care Nurse Navigator at the Kirkland Cancer Center has been certified by The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) as a Certified Navigator – Breast Nurse (CN-BN). The NCBC recognizes the certified navigator as a highly skilled who excels in communication, support, education and elimination of barriers to care from diagnosis to surviviorship and to recognize professionals who have advanced knowledge in the specialty field of breast care.


Kirkland Cancer Center Nurse Navigator Recently Featured

Jennifer Daugherty was recently featured on the website  Following is an excerpt from the article.

Q: What is the most important work you do as a nurse navigator?

Jennifer Daugherty: Have you ever been in a situation so unfamiliar and so full of unknowns it almost felt like you were drowning? That’s the feeling my patients experience when they’re sitting in the exam room, waiting on their pathology results and the doctor says the word “cancer.” My patients are immediately submerged into an ocean of unknowns, of tests and labs and “be here for this and there for that.”

Then in I walk. I offer them a lifeline of emotional support, of resources, of education. I talk but I also listen. I listen to understand their stories. I pull the plug on the fear by empowering them with knowledge and by being the one person in which they can confide for any need, any question. Being present and attentive shows my patients I value them — that’s what’s most important. Everyone, cancer diagnosis or not, has the inherent need to feel heard and seen. By doing that simple act, I watch faces full of fear fade to calm and collected. 




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