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Duane Perron

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is excited to announce the relocation and enhancement of their Outpatient Infusion Center.

The center has been relocated from the fifth floor to the first floor of the 5 West building, making it more easily accessible for patients. Another significant upgrade is the addition of individual, private rooms that allow for a more personalized treatment experience for each patient.

“It’s nice having a room like this,” said Duane Perron, a patient who has been receiving Entyvio infusions at the Outpatient Infusion Center every eight weeks for the past four years to treat Crohn’s disease and colitis. “They asked me if I wanted a room with a TV, but I bring my earphones and listen to music during my treatments. They try to cater to your wishes.”

The center’s highly trained staff is equipped to administer medication through intravenous methods, catering to a wide range of conditions that necessitate infusion therapy, including anemia, multiple sclerosis and IV antibiotics.

Perron expressed his appreciation for the caring and compassionate infusion center staff, saying he feels welcomed and supported from the moment he arrives. The staff ensures he is comfortable, takes the time to address his concerns, and maintains open lines of communication regarding his medications and overall well-being.

“In the time that I’ve spent in the infusion center, I have felt incredibly taken care of,” said Perron. “In the other hospitals where I’ve been treated, it feels like they’re just pushing you through. I’ve never felt that way here, ever.”

Recognizing the parking challenges patients face, Cookeville Regional has added several dedicated parking spaces exclusively for infusion center patients to alleviate the stress associated with finding parking.

“Parking has been a problem many times coming in here, and parking is expensive, so a little thing like a reserved parking space is the greatest thing to me,” said Perron. “They are doing anything they can to help make this a less stressful experience.”

Perron says that the treatments he has received at Cookeville Regional’s Outpatient Infusion Center have made a tremendous difference in his life.

“I’ve had Crohn’s since I was about 10, and I’m 56 now,” he said. “And really only in the last three or four years have I been able to do a lot of things I wasn’t able to before. Now I can play golf, I can go fishing, I can do everything I’m supposed to do. It’s been absolutely, 1,000% life-changing.”

For more information about Cookeville Regional’s Outpatient Infusion Center, and for a complete list of the types of treatments they offer, visit, or call (931) 783-2218.

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