Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York
5008 Brittonfield Parkway
East Syracuse, New York 13057
The mission of Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York (HOA) is “to provide the highest level of quality care in a healing environment for the mind, body and spirit of patients dealing with cancer and blood disorders.”
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York was founded in 1982 by John Gullo and Santo DiFino. Today, the 65,000 square foot cancer center is home to Dr.s. David Churchill, Heidi Puc, Dennis Kotlove, Richard Cherny, Daniel Bingham, Tracy Alpert, Joseph Navone, Stefania Morbidini, Benny Wong, and Olga Kligerman as well as 22 nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and more than 200 employees.
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York (HOA) celebrated its 25th Anniversary in July of 2007, and earlier that year, HOA announced its 20th year of participation with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as Central New York’s only Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP).
Services include: chemotherapy and radiation; ambulatory infusion; laboratory services; clinical research; a physician office pharmacy; a boutique that is oriented towards minimizing the physical aspects of cancer; patient and family counseling and support services; dietary assessment and nutritional counseling; community referrals, and community educational programs and access to complimentary therapies, such as Reiki, acupuncture and massage therapy. The facility also houses a state of the art, comprehensive imaging center that includes PET and CT scanning.
Through its affiliation with the NCI, HOA cancer patients have access to clinical research trials and a staff that collaborates with major cancer centers across the nation. Research includes cancer control and prevention trials that provide treatment with investigational therapies for various stages and types of cancer as well as prevention trials that focus on the prevention of cancer-related side effects, quality of life improvements, and the prevention of cancer itself.
Hematology and Oncology Associates of Central New York’s 13,000 square foot comprehensive cancer center, adjacent to Community General Hospital, features the most advanced model of linear accelerator available today — the Varian Clinac iX. This linear accelerator is used for radiation treatments, and the technology is known as Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT).
Staffed by highly skilled nurses and pharmacist, HOA’s Ambulatory Infusion center provides chemotherapy to patients in a comfortable and non-institutional like environment. Patient and family counseling and support group services, dietary assessments and nutritional counseling, and community education programs are also available.