STAT Lung Clinic Opens

Above: Celebrating the January opening of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT Lung Clinic are, from left: Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; Carey Baumann, RN, lung cancer navigator at WellStar Kennestone Hospital; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology navigator at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

When lung cancer is diagnosed or suspected, WellStar North Fulton Hospital is the place to turn for a quick, comprehensive treatment plan. The new Specialty Teams and Treatment (STAT) Clinic, which opened in January, enables patients to start treatment faster, increasing their chances of beating the disease. This innovative concept, unique in metro Atlanta, allows patients to meet with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in one day, in one setting. Treatment is typically started within days instead of weeks or months. The concept was created at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in 2006, and expanded to WellStar Cobb, Douglas—and now North Fulton—hospitals. North Fulton Hospital is also home to a STAT Clinic for breast cancer, which opened in 2016.

The North Fulton Hospital STAT lung clinic team includes Sachin Lavania, M.D., pulmonologist; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology certified nurse navigator. “They work collaboratively to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient in one visit, as opposed to having the patient make multiple visits to each physician’s office,” said Sarah Bentley, RN, oncology services manager, North Fulton Hospital. “Pam, our nurse navigator, will be available to patients and their families during their visit and while receiving treatment, providing information, resources and support.” WellStar also offers genetic tumor analysis, the latest treatment technology, counseling and an oncology registered dietitian.

The STAT clinic is taking appointments for the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Physicians may refer or patients may self refer. To make an appointment, please call 770-410-4556; fax referrals to 770-410-4557. ❍