Grand View Hospital Expands Clinical Research
(July 28, 2011) Sellersville, PA – Grand View Hospital has added a new clinical research department, broadening the availability of clinical trials offered at the hospital. This provides the community with early access to developing medical treatments and late-breaking alternatives close to home. The new clinical research department builds on decades of experience Grand View has in cancer treatment and other areas.
“People are able to participate in some of today’s most promising clinical trials right here in Sellersville,” said Grand View’s clinical research department director Chuck Henry. Such studies were historically conducted by researchers at the nation’s large university hospitals. “With the fast pace of medical and scientific breakthroughs, there is a growing need for additional research sites. Studies have moved beyond academic walls to our community hospital.”
Grand View has the facilities to conduct research activities within the medical setting of the hospital or in the outpatient environment. The department is staffed by research and clinical professionals trained and experienced in a variety of medical areas. Their backgrounds include regulatory affairs, infectious disease, nursing, patient safety, clinical compliance, data collections and other areas. “Our staff coordinates all research activities performed at the Grand View study site and works closely with study volunteers. We enroll them in the study, administer the study drug, and monitor their response and health condition.”
Strict requirements govern clinical research and Henry and his staff spent several months setting up the department and obtaining necessary approvals. Grand View is equipped to conduct studies in a broad range of medical areas. “Our list contains nearly 40 specialties and is growing. It runs from allergy and asthma to sleep studies and urology.” Clinical trials are already underway in the areas of rheumatology, endocrinology, and infectious disease. Henry anticipates health trends will influence the types of studies conducted there with diabetes, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and infectious disease topping the list. Clinical trials are conducted in a series of steps, called phases. Grand View conducts clinical trials in Phase II through Phase IV.
People enrolling in a clinical trial for a health condition may have access to much-needed medical care, health monitoring, and study medication at no cost. In most studies, patients are also reimbursed for time and travel costs.
“We encourage anyone who wants to participate in a clinical trial to contact us. As each study has its own set of criteria for participation, we evaluate whether a person qualifies to be a study volunteer.” For more information about clinical trials at Grand View and how to participate, call 215-453-8175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about clinical trials will also be posted to the hospital website at www.gvh.org.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.