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Infusion Center Offers Latest Therapies
Convenient Location at Saratoga Medical Park in Malta

Laura Eadon spent more than 100 hours of her second pregnancy at Saratoga Hospital's Outpatient Infusion Center at Malta, receiving weekly IV treatments to help prevent her baby from being born with a life-threatening blood disorder.

baby and motherEvan Eadon arrived at the end of July and, as his mom says, “He was perfect." One of his first trips was to the infusion center to meet the team that was instrumental in ensuring such a positive outcome.

The infusion center provides more than 230 treatments per month, including the latest IV medications for chronic conditions such as asthma, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

“For most of our patients, these treatments are life-changing,” Primary Infusion Nurse Michelle Lyons Dudley says. “They are seeing dramatic improvements and are able to live a normal life.”

Because of their conditions, many infusion patients travel outside the area for specialty medical care. Without the Malta center, they'd face another lengthy trip each time they need an IV treatment, typically once a month or more.

Instead, they receive expert care at a center designed to meet their needs. Specially trained infusion nurses, pharmacists, and a physician are always on site and work hand in hand with the patient's treating specialist.

Private treatment bays, flat-screen TVs, and cable and Wi-Fi services enable patients to relax or catch up on work while receiving treatments. Extended hours accommodate patients' busy schedules.

And, as Eadon will attest, the care is exceptional.

Her treatments were for a rare condition that can cause a pregnant woman's platelets to attack her baby's. When Eadon experienced a crippling headache after the first infusion, the team “took the time to research the problem and come up with a solution,” she says.

“They made the whole experience great,” Eadon adds. “I felt really safe with them.”

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