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STAT Lung Cancer Opens at North Fulton Hospital
​​The WellStar North Fulton Thoracic STAT (Specialty Teams and Treatment) Clinic includes a dedicated Oncology Nurse Navigator and a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists. Patients meet their whole care team on in one day, so treatment can start faster.
Patients with lung cancer can now start treatment faster at WellStar North Fulton Hospital at the new Specialty Teams and Treatment (STAT) Clinic, increasing their chances of beating the disease.

This innovative concept, unique in metro Atlanta, allows patients to meet with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in one day, in one setting. Treatment typically starts within days instead of weeks or months.

The concept was created at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in 2006, and expanded to WellStar Cobb, Douglas—and now North Fulton—hospitals. North Fulton Hospital is also home to a STAT Clinic for breast cancer, which opened in 2016.

The North Fulton Hospital STAT lung clinic team includes Sachin Lavania, M.D., pulmonologist; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology certified nurse navigator.

“They work collaboratively to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient in one visit, as opposed to having the patient make multiple visits to each physician’s office,” said Sarah Bentley, RN, oncology services manager, North Fulton Hospital.

“Pam, our nurse navigator, will be available to patients and their families during their visit and while receiving treatment, providing information, resources and support.”

WellStar also offers genetic tumor analysis, the latest treatment technology, counseling and an oncology registered dietitian.

The STAT clinic is taking appointments for the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Physicians may refer or patients may self-refer. To make an appointment, please call 770-410-4556; fax referrals to 770-410-4557.