Cancer specialists relocate office in Waupaca
By Angie Landsverk
Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology celebrated the new location of its regional care center in Waupaca during a May 20 open house.
The independent practice relocated to N3063 County Trunk QQ in January.
“Dr. Anthony Phillips, myself and our staff have more than 27 years of experience in fighting cancer,” said Dr. William Guenther, founder of FVHO. “Our new facility allows us to expand on the patient-focused care that is essential to healing. The patient experience is a top priority to the doctors and staff at FVHO.”
The building, purchased by Repco Real Estate last September and leased to FVHO, will act as a medical campus in the future with additional tenants.
Stelmacher Architecture designed the 4,300-square-foot space, and ABJ Construction built it.
Guenther said he began seeing patients in space on the campus of ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca in 1990.
That was the year he founded FVHO. Prior to that, he worked in a solo practice.
“When I opened the practice, I had some patients driving from here,” Guenther said. “When I initially started to come here, it was three hours once per week.”
After the hospital expanded its Emergency Room Department in the late 1990s and built a floor above it, FVHO’s Waupaca center moved into space there.
It remained there for more than 15 years.
“We were committed to providing service in the community,” Guenther said.
By 1999, he was much busier here and was seeing patients for about 10 hours on one day a week.
In May of that year, Dr. Anthony Phillips joined the practice.
For 17 years, Phillips has been spending each Tuesday in Waupaca, and Guenther has been spending each Wednesday here seeing patients.
Both physicians bring two nurse practitioners on the days they work here.
Guenther said some members of the staff have been with them for more than 20 years.
“We bring nurses from Appleton when we come (to Waupaca), but the people who staff the building are Waupaca residents,” Guenther said.
Over the course of about 3 1/2 months, the formerly empty building became the new home of FVHO’s Waupaca center.
“It’s a very convenient space,” Guenther said, noting its proximity to U.S. Highway 10 and State Highway 54.
Patients are able to park by the front door, and the treatment area, which is about three times larger than it was in its the previous location, features a view of a wooded area.
“We try to create a peaceful, serene ambience,” Guenther said.
The reaction of the patients has been positive, he said.
“People like the space, the room, the view, the brightness,” Guenther said.
The project also included installing a lab, which means patients are not waiting a day for lab results, he said.
“We’re a practice that started with a desire to provide convenient care in their community,” Guenther said. “We’re a practice that not only provides care for our patients but cares for our patients.”
Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology will honor its tradition of ringing bells to celebrate survivors of cancer.
At noon Wednesday, June 1, FVHO, the American Cancer Society and partners across the nation will ring bells for one full minute to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, which is Sunday, June 5.