Oncologist Andrew Bernstein, D.O., Turns Unwelcome News to Patients’ Benefit by Expanding Cancer Care Services

As a medical oncologist, Andrew Bernstein, D.O., has to give people some of the most unwelcome news they will ever hear: a diagnosis of cancer. In those difficult conversations, after ensuring that the patient has time to process the information and ask questions, Dr. Bernstein shifts the focus to all that can be done – the treatments available to cure or control disease, the steps that can enhance quality of life, and the comprehensive support that he and his team offer to meet the full range of patients’ needs.

Today, the cancer specialist is employing that talent for meeting adversity with proactivity on behalf of not just one patient, but for all of the patients in his practice. That’s because after 16 years in which he has treated thousands of people in offices at the Collins Pavilion of Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, the practice will need to move to a new location in the months ahead.

Dr. Bernstein explains that the practice will be moving because Atlantic Health System, which operates Chilton Medical Center, did not renew the lease for the practice’s offices on the medical center’s campus. “This is unfortunate, because our current location is ideal for patients in terms of providing ready access to the hospital’s departments and services,” notes Dr. Bernstein, who serves as chief of oncology at the medical center.

Dr. Andrew Bernstein, board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, practicing with RCCA in Pompton Plain, N.J.

The board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist explains that he is looking for a new location nearby that will be easy to reach for people living in Passaic County, Morris County, and surrounding communities. Beyond proximity, however, many other patient-centric factors are shaping the choice – and design – of the new care center.

“This move, while not what I chose, actually provides an opportunity for us to create the optimal space to deliver comprehensive care and integrate a wide range of office-based and outpatient services in one center. Our address may be changing, but our commitment to providing outstanding, affordable care does not, and this move enables us to literally “build in” that commitment as we design our offices. Our practice has been growing steadily in recent years, both in the number of patients we serve and in the types of services we offer as cancer care becomes ever-more sophisticated and effective. The center will incorporate many of the advances transforming the practice of oncology while also reflecting all that patients have told us they value, from easy parking to treatment areas that are open and bright but still provide privacy. Further, we will continue to coordinate closely with other physicians, so that  our patients can receive related services, such as radiation, nearby and in a seamless fashion,” says Dr. Bernstein, who practices with Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA), one of the nation’s largest networks of oncology specialists.

Dr. Bernstein acknowledges that being forced to leave the Chilton campus will be bittersweet, to say the least. “Our practice was the very first tenant when Chilton opened the Collins Pavilion roughly 30 years ago. Dr. Martin Frank, who started the practice, provided care to thousands of people here, as I have in the 16 years that I have been here, and as my colleague, Dr. Beata Pieczara, has in her years with the practice. We’ve built a great center here over the years, and it will be difficult to move in many ways, including in terms of the logistical aspects of carefully transferring our infusion suite, chemotherapy-preparation facility, and the other components of a sophisticated oncology clinic. However, we have developed detailed plans to assure a smooth transition that avoids inconveniencing our patients or disrupting their care, and we will be communicating those plans to patients as the date for our relocation approaches.”

The physician continues, “Treating people who have cancer is a privilege. And one of the things I am privileged to see as an oncologist is people’s remarkable ability to take something they did not expect or want and turn it into a positive that benefits others. I see that in the way my patients inspire those around them, and they have inspired me to make the most of this opportunity to expand the services and enhance the care we provide. In addition to a new location, we will have a new physician joining our practice. We are very excited about what lies ahead and absolutely committed to ensuring that our patients benefit – right here in their own community – from all of the new developments that continue to transform cancer care.”

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Dr. Bernstein earned his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and medical residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was voted Intern of the Year and Teaching Resident of the Year. He then completed fellowships in medical oncology and hematology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he served as Chief Fellow.

Dr. Bernstein is one of 90+ cancer specialists who treat patients at 24 RCCA care centers located throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC, area. RCCA oncologists and hematologists see more than 23,000 new patients each year and provide care to more than 225,000 established patients, collaborating closely with their patients’ other physicians. They offer patients the latest in cutting-edge treatments, including immunotherapies and targeted therapy, as well as access to a wide range of clinical trials. In addition to serving patients who have solid tumors, blood-based cancers, and benign blood disorders such as anemia, RCCA care centers also provide infusion services to people with a number of non-oncologic conditions—including multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis—who take intravenously-administered medications.

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