What patient doesn’t want the best care available and close to home?
This may be even more apt when it comes to undergoing intensive therapy for cancer—which often involves months of surgical and additional treatments that can be both time-intensive and exhausting.
W. Edward Richards, MD, is working to build a strong base of board-certified gynecologic oncologists who will give patients from Northern Kentucky to Dayton better access to discovery-driven cancer treatments close to home. In November, Richards recruited board-certified gynecologic oncologist Thomas Reid, MD, to join his expanding gynecologic oncology practice. Reid was most recently an assistant professor at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton.
“Dr. Reid and I will serve as bookends for care between Cincinnati and Dayton, so patients have access to great care from a qualified team,” says Richards, chief of gynecologic oncology and director of women’s cancer at UC Health.
His goal is to recruit three additional double board-certified gynecologic oncologists who are qualified to perform both cancer care as well as advanced pelvic surgery. This team will cover a wide range east and west of the I-75 stretch between Northern Kentucky and Dayton.
This, Richards says, will provide Tristate women with a new level of advanced gynecologic oncology care for pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions in the reproductive tract, including diseases that involve the cervix, ovaries, uterus and vulva.
Richards and Reid specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotic surgery, performed at UC Health University Hospital and a network of community-based hospitals throughout Greater Cincinnati and Dayton.
The partnership will also give more women access to treatments only available through clinical trials.
“An appallingly small number of women with gynecologic cancers—just 5 to 7 percent—have access to treatment through clinical trials,” explains Richards. “Imagine how many more women would benefit from discovery-driven medical treatments if we could just double that percentage.”
Richards says he wants women who come to UC Health for gynecologic oncology care to “feel like a queen.”
“I treat all my patients as if they were a member of my family. I feel I owe each person I treat the dignity of taking care of them like they were my own kid—and that means giving them the absolute best treatment I can access.”
Richards’ goal is to provide highly technical surgical, post-surgical and chemotherapy care in a courteous, easy to access environment. Soon, the division will introduce a centralized scheduling line for all UC Health gynecologic oncology outpatient sites and a 24-hour on-call patient support line for patients with pressing questions.
“This is part of our effort to create a world-class cancer center in Greater Cincinnati,” adds Richards. “We want to exceed our patients’ expectations and we will do that by providing an experience that illustrates quality, consistency and compassion in our day-to-day care.”