Welcome To Our Infusion Center
Located in the same building as your oncologist, our infusion center provides a quiet, friendly environment. A family member or friend may accompany you during your treatment. Our open room setting allows you the opportunity to interact with other patients as you relax in our Lay-Z-Boy recliners. To make your stay as comfortable as possible, we provide pillows, blankets, beverages, snacks, DVD players and a movie library.
Our on-site infusion center provides the full scope of the cancer care process. Therapies provided include administration of intravenous chemotherapy, hormone therapy, hydration therapy, injectable treatments and maintenance of IV access devices. Each treatment is customized for each patient’s individual condition and circumstance. Your medication and chemotherapy is prepared on-site ensuring that you receive treatment in a timely fashion. We look forward to seeing you and providing you with the best care and treatment.
Physicians are on-site and available at all times. We have immediate access to emergency care when needed. Through the use of IV infusion pumps patients are assured that their infusion is controlled and safe.
Coordination of care is provided in conjunction with other physician practices, diagnostic facilities, and palliative care professionals. The Katz Cancer Resource Center works closely with our practice to provide on-going education and support to patients and family members.
Our center is staffed by intravenous certified registered nurses who specialize in chemotherapy preparation and drug administration. Our nurses provide quality, compassionate care tailored to meet your needs. They are here to assist and support you throughout the treatment process.
Kendra Pugmire RN, BSN, OCN (Lead Nurse) received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from California State University, Fresno.
Her areas of experience include Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Cardiac/Telemetry, Step-Down Intensive Care, and Traveling Nursing. Her primary focus became Oncology Nursing (2000) and she prefers the outpatient setting. She is a certified chemotherapy and biotherapy provider as well as an Oncology Certified Nurse.
Born in Michigan, raised in the Salinas area, Kendra now resides with her husband in Scotts Valley. In her free time, she enjoys making lap robes and baby quilts.
Mia Thorn, RN graduated from Cabrillo College's nursing program in 2011.
Mia grew up in Santa Cruz with her mom and older brother, and worked at El Palomar Restaurant for 13 years. In that time a great friend was diagnosed with brain cancer and during her friend's treatment suggested to Mia that she become a nurse. After careful thought Mia decided nursing would suit her perfectly and proceeded to get her nursing degree. Central Coast Oncology & Hematology is where Mia's friend was treated, and is where Mia found her love for nursing and cancer care.
Kimberly Kieft, RN, BSN graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with her Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing in 2001. Kimberly practiced inpatient medical/surgical oncology nursing from 2001 to 2006. She became chemotherapy certified in 2002. Beginning in 2006 to present Kimberly is practicing outpatient oncology infusion nursing. Kimberly and her husband live Santa Cruz with their young son.