St. Anthony names new cancer services director
Special to The Jefferson Herald
CARROLL — Lori Pietig has been named St. Anthony Regional Hospital’s first-ever cancer services director.
Pietig, who has served St. Anthony for more than 16 years, will transition to her new role this summer.
As cancer services director, Pietig will oversee operations of the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center; work directly with referring physicians and staff to deliver care to cancer patients; and unify the radiation oncology and medical oncology departments that currently operate independently, to grow and expand cancer services for the region.
“It is a tremendous honor to be the first in this role,” Pietig said. “I am so proud to work for an organization that is investing in the future of west central Iowa — it’s a gift to our region. While we continue to hope for a cure, we recognize this is our opportunity to provide the best technology and medical advancements to give our friends and neighbors a chance to fight their cancer battle with dignity and respect. It’s so important for our patients to have the opportunity to receive cancer treatment close to home; we can give them the opportunity to live their best life, without wasting precious time traveling.”
A native of Carroll, Pietig began her career at St. Anthony in 2004 as a registered radiologic technologist. She took on the role of director of radiology in 2013, where she has served for the past seven years.
Pietig has a master’s degree in health care administration from Bellevue University and a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from Clarkson College.
“We are thrilled that Lori accepted the cancer service director position,” said Dr. Mark Westberg, a medical oncologist “We have worked with her for a long time in her role as radiology director and have been very impressed with her work there.”
The nearly 21,000-square-foot St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center is scheduled to open in December. Additional state-of-the art technology and services will complement the hospital’s current cancer service offerings.
The cancer center will offer comprehensive cancer care, including access to oncology specialists, oncology certified nurses, advanced treatment options, leading-edge technology and a full range of resources.
Cancer services include: radiation therapy and medical oncology, chemotherapy, surgery oncology treatment and support resources for patients and their families.
Two additional new positions have been added, including a nurse navigator, who helps patients coordinate the treatment process, and a financial navigator, who assists patients and families with insurance and pharmaceutical companies, programs, gas cards and further support.