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Dr. Elaine Beed to provide cancer care at Coshocton Hospital

| October 30, 2015

COSHOCTON – For over 22 years, Coshocton Hospital’s Outpatient Oncology Unit has provided chemotherapy and hematology services locally, to enable patients with cancer, blood disorders or conditions requiring infusion therapy to receive that care close to home. Local oncology and hematology care is now being expanded with the addition of Medical Oncologist Elaine A. Beed, MD, to the Coshocton Hospital Medical Staff.

Elaine A. Beed, MD, a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, is currently in private practice in Westerville, Ohio, where she is a part of the medical staff of St. Ann’s Hospital as well as Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. She will begin seeing patients at Coshocton Hospital on Monday, Nov. 9.

Dr. Beed earned her Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill, and completed her internship and residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She completed her Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. In addition to her clinical practice, she currently holds a teaching appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical School and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Instruction at Ohio University in Athens.

Zanesville physician Dr. Uptal Bhanja has maintained a practice at the hospital but recently announced his plans to close his office and relocate to Marietta. With the addition of Dr. Beed to the Coshocton Hospital Oncology Unit, patients will be able to receive uninterrupted care through the transition to a new provider.

The addition of Dr. Beed to the hospital’s medical staff launches plans to expand oncology and hematology services to area residents.

“Chemotherapy treatments or the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders often involve the administration of medical therapy over an extended period of time,” stated Lisa Jackson, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing for Oncology Services. “Patients require ongoing testing and follow-up to track the effects of the interventional therapies as well as monitoring the overall ongoing health of the patient. Those supporting services such as surgical biopsies, CT-scans, nuclear scans and laboratory testing can all be done right here. Under Dr. Beed’s clinical guidance, we will be equipped to provide care to many more patients who want the convenience and patient-focused care a local hospital can offer.”

In conjunction with Dr. Beed’s arrival, the hospital is continuing efforts to recruit additional medical oncology specialists to further expand oncology/hematology services.

Dr. Beed joins an oncology unit with an established nursing staff led by Jackie Mason, RN, who has been with the oncology unit for eight years.

“We understand the challenges our patients face as they battle cancer and other chronic and life-threatening conditions,” said Mason. “Our patients’ physical and emotional comfort is vitally important to us. Dr. Beed brings both the skilled experience and quality, compassionate care that is so vital to what we do each day.”

Coshocton Hospital is now scheduling appointments with Dr. Beed who will be seeing patients in the outpatient oncology unit on the second floor of hospital. For questions or to schedule an appointment, patients may call 740-623-4441.

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