The week of August 7-13, 2016, is National Health Center Week. This thirty-something-year-old event celebrates quality, reasonably priced and accessible healthcare throughout our nation’s communities, big and small. This year’s theme is Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators In Community Health—one we wholeheartedly stand behind.
Bringing Quality Cancer Care to Northern Nevada and Tahoe
Sierra Nevada Cancer Center, now with four offices throughout northern Nevada and South Lake Tahoe, is proud to bring quality, leading edge cancer care to underserved communities. In fact, we thrive on it.
In line with the mission of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), founder Dr. Perez chose to bring his international education, training and experience to small communities throughout the region starting in 2002. The goal of this MD Anderson-trained, Board-certified oncologist and hematologist was to bring advanced cancer care close to home for his patients. Every day since, he has delivered.
In honor of National Health Center Week, we turn our spotlight on innovation, quality and accessibility, three platforms that NACHC promotes, and that SNCC lives and breathes.
1. An Innovative Approach
Today, there are many effective tools to treat people who have cancer, including advanced chemotherapy, biological therapies and immunotherapy. Because Dr. Perez stays on top of the latest breakthroughs, he is able to individualize effective treatment plans using the most current therapies.
“He’s not just going to do what he did yesterday,” said Diana Freeman, a patient at SNCC. “If there’s something out there that’s going to heal me, he’ll find it.”
2. Quality Care To The Core
Quality care is at the center of everything SNCC does. Dr. Perez not only takes the time to treat the whole patient instead of just the cancer, he uses the most current treatments available—sometimes so current, insurance companies aren’t aware of the FDA-approved therapies yet.
Jim Reinhardt, a long-time patient, spoke about this approach to quality care at SNCC. “I once asked Dr. Perez why he chooses to practice in northern Nevada when, with all of his experience and dedication to battling cancer, he could practice anywhere. His response was, ‘I can treat the patient first, then the disease. I don’t have to answer to a committee. Here, every person is different.’ I appreciated that.”
3. Dr. Perez: Accessible, And Then Some
With the addition of a new office in South Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Cancer Center now delivers innovative, quality care to four communities. “Fighting cancer is hard work for patients,” explains Dr. Perez. “Having to travel hours to a larger city to get the treatment you need is not the best option for many people. We try to make it easier on them.”
Dr. Perez takes accessibility to the next level by also making himself available to his patients by phone 24/7. His patients appreciate his complete dedication.
“With most doctors, you call and get an answering service. Dr. Perez takes the calls himself 24/7. It’s so unheard of,” said patient Bob Chambers.
Celebrate Good Health All Week
National Health Center Week is dedicated to recognizing healthcare providers who deliver quality care to the communities they serve, but we encourage you to celebrate good health this week. Whether you walk a few extra miles, add more fruits and veggies to your diet, or get that screening test you’ve been putting off, make this your week.