RIO RANCHO, N.M. – On March 1, 2017, physicians, nurses and staff came together to celebrate the first anniversary of the Ted and Margaret Jorgensen Cancer Center at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and to thank the Jorgensen family for their continued support.
The Ted and Margaret Jorgensen Cancer Center opened on February 29, 2016. It was named for Ted and Margaret Jorgensen, who made a generous $2.5 million donation to the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation to support cancer care for New Mexicans. The Cancer Center opened with medical oncology and MD Anderson radiation oncology and has expanded to offer gynecologic and surgical oncology care. With this approach, patients no longer have to travel to Albuquerque to receive what is often daily treatment and all clinical and supportive care services are in one convenient location for patients.
“We are grateful to the Jorgensen family for their generosity and excited to be celebrating our first anniversary,” said Bernard Agbemadzo, MD, Medical Director for Presbyterian Cancer Care. “The Ted and Margaret Jorgensen Cancer Center has cared for more than 500 new patients this year. We look forward to continuing to provide cancer care for our patients close to home.”
The Cancer Center also offers a wide range of supportive care services including an oncology dietician, social worker and financial advocate. There is also a Cancer Care Resource Center providing wigs, bras, prostheses and other comfort items at no charge, which is open to everyone in the community. The High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic and Survivorship Clinic Nurse Practitioners and Oncology Psychologists also see patients at the center. Presbyterian Healthcare Services is the only healthcare organization in New Mexico that is affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center.
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state’s largest private employer with approximately 12,000 employees.