Care Close to Home: How it Started

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, the last thing you want to think about is, ‘How will I get to my treatment appointments.’ Yet, this is something many cancer patients nationwide often struggle with – especially those who live in smaller, more rural towns. While most cancer treatment clinics require patients to come to their facility for treatment, some clinics – like Green Bay Oncology – go above and beyond to ensure patients receive the care they need. And we do this by (literally) driving hundreds of miles out of our way almost every day of every week to all corners of Northeastern Wisconsin and upper Michigan. And while traveling this distance so frequently can prove to be challenging for our staff, we know it’s also what makes Green Bay Oncology the best at providing phenomenal, top-quality care to our patients.

In this episode, we speak with Green Bay Oncology’s founders, Dr. Skip McGovern, Dr. Jules Blank, and Dr. Gerald Bayer, on how our outreach clinics began and what inspired us to provide patients with cancer care closer to home. We discuss how patients would often have to travel at least 100 miles to receive the medical care they needed and the challenges they faced when starting the clinics. We also discuss the partnerships they established early on to make outreach clinics possible, the type of equipment they would carry during their travels, and the mistakes and mishaps they experienced while traveling to the outreach clinics.

“It was extremely beneficial for our patients directly, but it was also beneficial for the communities at large.”
– Dr. Skip McGovern

This week on Cancer Covered:

  • How Green Bay Oncology’s outreach clinics began
  • The initial challenges we faced when starting the outreach clinics
  • The partnerships we made with other medical practitioners
  • The equipment our outreach providers would need to transport with them to the outreach clinics

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