Dr. Rishi Sawhney

Connecting with cancer patients

Monday, July 2, 2018 |
The Bayhealth Foundation, Bayhealth’s Oncology Service Line, and Bayhealth Cancer Institute recently co-hosted an evening reception at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino for Bayhealth cancer patients and their families. The event — which was held in a small conference room — featured a presentation about Bayhealth’s vision for providing exceptional cancer care to the local community. 

Attendees and their guests also had the unique opportunity to pose any questions they had about Bayhealth’s cancer program to Bayhealth participants and presenters, including the medical leadership team from the program: Iftekhar Khan, MD, chief of oncology services and medical director of medical oncology; John Lahaniatis, MD, medical director of radiation oncology; and Rishi Sawhney, MD, medical director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute. In addition to the medical leadership, John D. Shevock, FACHE, FACMPE, senior director of operations, oncology service line, and executive director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute, participated in the question-and-answer session and engaged in conversation with patients and their family members. 

“The event, which had an excellent turnout, was the first time we interfaced with one of our medical service lines to provide patients and their families the unique opportunity to not only interact with Bayhealth Foundation members but medical staff as well,” said Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh.

It also allowed the patients to learn more about Bayhealth’s cancer care and services beyond those that they were already familiar with or had used. “We have premiere cancer care and treatment capabilities that not everyone in the community may be aware of,” Rhodenbaugh said. “It’s also nice when folks with a lot in common are given the chance to gather together, share their experiences, and learn from one another.” 

“It was a pleasure to host our patients for an evening,” said Dr. Sawhney. “The event provided a great opportunity to reconnect with our patients and their families outside of the cancer center and hear their perspective as cancer survivors.” 

Rhodenbaugh says there are plans to hold similar events with other Bayhealth medical service lines in the future. 

Visit the Bayhealth Foundation page or call 302-744-7015 to learn more about the Bayhealth Foundation.