Ellsworth Municipal Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Armind Y. Vemula, M.D. in Oncology and Hematology to the team of visiting specialists providing services through the EMH Specialty Clinic.
Dr. Vemula is on staff at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and specializes in Medical Oncology (the treatment of cancer) and Hematology (treatment of cancers and abnormalities of the blood).
Ellsworth Municipal Hospital CEO, Cherelle Montanye said, “Our community has been very clear that oncology services are needed here. When people are ill, they want to be close to home and family for their care. Coordinating travel and transportation for cancer care can be a burden and that’s something we want to alleviate for our patients.”
Starting in June, Dr. Vemula will see patients at EMH on the first and third Tuesdays of each month for consultations and inpatient rounding as well as minor procedures such as bone marrow biopsies. Other procedures and chemotherapy services are planned for the future. Dr. Vemula will work with the lab and imaging department at EMH to keep patient care local as much as possible.
Dr. Vemula grew up in India and came to the United States when he was 17. His father is a psychiatrist and would have preferred Armind follow in his footsteps. However, he was affected by grandparents who had cancer, and noted the profound influence doctors had on the lives of cancer patients.
Care and compassion go hand in hand in his field according to Dr. Vemula. He adds there is a significant difference in treating patients in a rural community as opposed to a larger metropolitan area. “People are nicer, we know them by name. That close-knit relationship makes a difference when treating cancer,” he explains. “We are truly focused on the lives of patients, not volumes. A diagnosis of cancer affects the lives of patients and their families. It changes priorities.”
Dr. Vemula was trained in a multi-modality approach. “There is never one doctor treating one patient,” he says. “It takes a multi-disciplinary team from surgery, chemotherapy, radiology and oncology working together as a team. Cancer is a complicated disease and no two tumors are alike.”
The EMH Specialty Clinic is located in the EMH Professional Building at 520 Talbott Street in Iowa Falls, adjacent to the hospital. Dr. Vemula’s appointments at the EMH Specialty Clinic will be handled through EMH Central Scheduling at 641-648-7044.