CoxHealth's Hulston Cancer Center was the first approved Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center in Springfield. In addition to offering cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment, we have many other resources to provide education and support. Our goal is to maintain a healing environment focused on comfort and overall well-being. In addition to the programs and resources listed below, we have monthly pet therapy visits and volunteer musicians.
Nurse navigators work with your physicians to identify and organize your care to best fit your individual needs. Your navigator is a single point of contact for you and can help you during the diagnostic process, schedule appointments and help you understand your disease and treatment options. The program is free of charge. In Springfield, navigators are available to support our patients with gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, lung cancer and cancers of the head and neck. To meet with a nurse navigator, call 417-269-5257.
Patient advocates can answer your questions as well as provide information, understanding and support throughout your cancer care and beyond. This program is unique to southwest Missouri. You may meet with your patient advocate on your first visit. At that time, your advocate will talk with you about your needs, and you'll learn about helpful resources. The patient advocate's main role is to listen, then to help match your needs to the best resources. Patient advocates can help connect you with various resources, including:
- Educational programs
- Coordination of transportation and lodging
- Financial assistance programs
- Behavioral health programs
- Nutritional services
- Pastoral care
- Support groups
- Prescription assistance
- Community resources
Patient advocates are available by phone or to meet with you at any time throughout your care at Hulston Cancer Center. To reach an advocate, call 417-269-5257.
Allenbrand Resource Center & Library
The Allenbrand Resource Center and Library, located off the main lobby of Hulston Cancer Center in Springfield, offers our patients comfort and information. The center has snacks available and serves as a place for family and friends to wait comfortably during patient treatment.
Patients can check out cancer-related books from the free lending library. You'll also find gifts and cards, along with items of special interest to those involved in cancer treatment. Browse our assortment of high-quality wigs in up-to-date styles with a wide variety of colors. We can help you find the perfect wig to match your personal style. We also offer hats and scarves for all seasons, plus soft caps and turbans so you can choose what works for you.
The Sue Evington Memorial Chapel is located on the second floor in the Hulston Cancer Center in Springfield. The chapel was dedicated July 23, 2010, to Sue Evington as part of a memorial gift in her honor given by John L. Hulston. Sue was the assistant to John K. Hulston for the majority of her career, serving on the boards of several of Mr. Hulston's banks and assuming a leadership role at the Bank of Ash Grove. She also served on the Hulston Cancer Center advisory board for several years.
The chapel is just inside the entrance of Suite 200 (second floor) and is open during business hours.
In Springfield, Hulston Cancer Center's healing environment includes a beautiful rooftop Healing Garden. This outdoor relaxation space features a rock and tile walkway, a water fountain, several comfortable benches, a wooden pagoda with wind chimes, ground lights and a variety of potted flowers and plants.
For patients and their loved ones who may be at Hulston Cancer Center for hours at a time, the Healing Garden provides a place to enjoy simple pleasures such as fresh air, sunlight and plant life.
Through the CoxHealth Foundation, a total of 177 gifts totaling more than $190,000 were raised to construct the garden. The Healing Garden overlooks Burrell Park Lake and is accessible from Suite 200 on the second floor of Hulston Cancer Center.
Mastectomy & Lumpectomy Supplies
At CoxHealth, we know how important it is to have a knowledgeable and understanding person help you select your personal mastectomy items in a private and comfortable environment. CoxHealth at Home offers the area's largest selection of mastectomy supplies and other necessities, including soft camisoles to wear immediately following breast surgery, a wide selection of breast prostheses, partial prostheses for women who have undergone lumpectomy, and comfortable and attractive bras to fit every wardrobe need.
Supplies are located at Cox Medical Center South, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trained fitters are available for appointments during these hours.