Our center offers the broad range of quality specialties, including breast surgery, general surgery, hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, neuro-radiology, pathology, urology, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and neurosurgery.
But behind the fancy names and machinery is a team of professionals who take us from quality treatment to outstanding care. It is the compassionate physicians who work together to develop individualized treatment plans with each patient, the oncology-trained nurses and radiation therapists who treat each person with dignity and respect.
Our doctors talk to each other. They meet weekly at their multi-disciplinary cancer conference to review current cancer cases. With the knowledge and expertise of a whole team of specialists behind them, they can help you navigate through the maze of choices to develop an integrated plan that fits your specific needs and lifestyle.
And though it is difficult to understand until it is experienced, cancer involves much more than just the body, which is why we offer a whole team of chaplains, dieticians, social workers and physical and occupational therapists to give attention to the mind and spirit as well as the body.
Our oncology-certified nurses are here to listen to your needs and help you understand your treatments and their impact on your life.
The mission of Sentara Martha Jefferson's nurses is to promote physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being in Charlottesville and the surrounding communities; to share the job of birth, to heal the sick and injured, and to offer heartfelt care to the dying.
This mission is realized through:
- Our patient-and family-centered care model
- Our professional practice model, actualized through a well-developed model of shared decision making and a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration
In 2006, Sentara Martha Jefferson was accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet organization; becoming the first independent community hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve this recognition held by less than 5 percent of hospitals nationwide.
At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, you have an entire team of people ensuring you receive the specialized care you need, from your physicians to your nurses, to the radiation therapists working behind the scenes to ensure you receive the personalized treatment you came for.
If you undergo radiation therapy, you will also meet our highly trained radiation therapists who work directly with the radiation oncologist to assist in the simulation (planning) of patients in preparation for their treatment and/or to administer daily radiation treatments according to the physician's directions and prescription.
At Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, we only employ certified radiation therapists. These are highly trained individuals that must complete an approved radiation therapy program and pass a national registry through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in order to practice in the field.
Additionally, all certified radiation therapists are required by the ARRT to acquire continuing education credits, ensuring that your therapists are up to date with the latest technologies and treatments.
The Cancer Conference allows physicians the opportunity to discuss their patients and have the input of other specialists before recommending a course of treatment. It provides another avenue for the specialists to remain up-to-date on the latest advances in treatment and to share their expertise with one another. It is a weekly working conference where the entire cancer team is encouraged to participate.
The Cancer Conference allows your providers to return to you with a comprehensive treatment plan based not only on their high-level of training and expertise, but that of their colleagues as well.