Services at Cardon Children's Medical Center  

Meet Our Team

Meet our Cardon Children's oncology team  

Our team consists of specialists with a wide variety of education, experience, and backgrounds all focusing on the pediatric hematology and oncology pediatric patient population.   

Medical Director
Michael Graham, MD, serves as the medical director of pediatric oncology and hematology. Dr. Graham is an experienced pediatric oncologist specializing in malignancies, blood disorders and stem cell transplantation. He is highly committed to his patients and their families and to doing whatever he can to help them increase their chances of survival and enhance their quality of life.

Physicians
Our physicians are board certified in both pediatrics and hematology/oncology. Together, they represent decades of experience in caring for children with cancer and blood diseases.

Nurse Practitioners
Our board-certified nurse practitioners are specially trained in pediatric hematology and oncology, providing care for patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. These experts educate and support staff, patients and families on disease process and treatment protocols.

Nursing Staff
Our staff consists of specialty-trained, experienced pediatric hematology/oncology nurses.  All nurses complete the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses (APHON) Association core and chemotherapy courses.  Staff is encouraged to receive their national certification as a Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse. Our staff partner with patients and families to provide care that is both evidence-based and patient- and family-specific by engaging in the family-centered care approach.

Child Life
Our Child Life Specialists are here to help your child and family during your hospital stay. They help children understand what will happen at the hospital, reduce pain and anxiety during medical procedures, provide medical and therapeutic play to feel more comfortable about the hospital experience, provide distractions and fun activities, and even offer support for siblings.

Clinical Nurse Specialist
A nurse who has completed a master's program and has extensive clinical experience and specialty training in caring for children with cancer. He or she may coordinate the medical and nursing care of your child.

Dietitian
Cancer patients have a set of unique challenges to keep their bodies nourished, which is why Cardon Children's Medical Center has a registered dietitian on staff.

Banner Children's Hospital School at Cardon Children's Medical Center
Long hospital stays can mean absence from school. The Banner Children's Hospital School at Cardon Children's Medical Center employs certified inhospital teachers to help kids stay current on their studies and work with individual schools to offer relevant curriculum.

Social Work
Oncology social workers help families cope and adapt to cancer and its effects. Social workers can provide counseling, education, access to community resources and information about government programs, including financial counseling.

Case Management
The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology RN Case Manager coordinates medical management for the patient across the continuum of care; transitioning from inpatient to outpatient, the RN Case Manager helps the patient and family prepare for medical management in the home. The RN Case Manager obtains insurance authorizations for medications and outpatient services, including home health and therapies. The case manager provides utilization management and denial management during the hospital admission, and is the primary communicator with the patient's insurance company.

Volunteers
We have many wonderful and talented volunteers who donate their time and resources to make your child's stay a little easier. Their caring hearts assist with your child's stay in many ways.

Chaplains
Our non-denominational chaplains can work with your child and family to ensure good communication about your personal goals in all aspects of your care. Cardon Children's has a chapel on the second floor that is open to all.

Rehabilitation
The Pediatric Rehabilitation Center at Cardon Children's Medical Center provides therapy for children and adolescents in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, feeding and swallowing therapy, speech therapy and more.

Integrated Therapy
We pledge to provide a pain-free environment whenever possible and we have developed a unique Pain Team approach, a 24/7 service to treat all pain-related issues. We offer massage therapy, music therapy and dog therapy to help children cope with their hospital stay.

 

Cardon Children's Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-KIDS (5437)
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