Grateful patient's persistence pays off for BCM Infusion Center

March 1, 2012

Infusion Center patient Laura Rice and Dr. Steve Sigworth show off the center’s new blanket warmer.
Infusion Center patient Laura Rice and Dr. Steve Sigworth show off the center’s new blanket warmer.

Visit the Baylor Clinic Infusion Center and it is very clear how much positive impact the nurses, staff and physicians have made on their patients. You will see the recent addition of a large bell that reads "Hope, Courage, Strength, Faith," donated in honor of a patient's family to help other patients celebrate the end of their chemotherapy, or the presence of a cheerful former patient who volunteers in the clinic weekly.

This February, the Infusion Center staff added a few more signature touches from grateful patients, thanks to the persistence of Laura Rice, who left treatment at another local cancer center to come to BCM nearly three years ago.

"At the Baylor Infusion Center, I am treated like family. When I come in for treatment, it's like seeing my family," said Rice. "I did not have that before and I am so grateful to have that now."

A bell donated by a patient’s family commemorates the end of chemotherapy treatment.
A bell donated by a patient’s family commemorates the end of chemotherapy treatment.

Rice played a major role in securing the funds to help purchase a new blanket warmer, which will provide infusion center patients an additional comfort while undergoing chemotherapy.

Rice, together with the family of a patient who recently passed away, started the "Warm Ya" fund.

"Following the death of this patient, many donations were made to this fund but we were not quite there yet," said Samantha Jordan, infusion nurse manager. "Then, BCM made a very generous donation to this fund to get us to the goal."

The blanker warmer cost approximately $8,500.

Lester Smith, whom the breast center is named for, also committed to the fund, which raised so much money the center was able to paint and purchase new, more comfortable chairs and privacy curtains.

The Infusion Center faculty, staff and patients celebrated the redesign in a special dedication ceremony Feb. 2.

"The family atmosphere at Baylor makes a huge difference," said Rice. "They keep me going."