Son of cancer patient is first person to use UTMC Health Information Center

Joshua Albritton

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Joshua Albritton was the first person to use the resources of UT Medical Center’s Health Information Center, located in the lobby area of the main hospital. Albritton was searching for answers after his dad was diagnosed with cancer.

The Health Information Center contains rows and rows of books and resources for patients and their caregivers to better understand just what that patient is dealing with.

UT Medical Center's Health Information Center
UT Medical Center’s Health Information Center

“My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer about 10 months ago. And of course, there’s really no manual on how to handle that. And so we sort of got our thoughts together and I decided to come on down to the Health Information Center here at UT to see what they had to offer,” Albritton said.

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He was immediately connected with books on essential facts about dealing with cancer – what kid of diet might be best for his dad and what role, as a son, he should take in his father’s care.

“It really helps you to kind of flush through the details and get down to what’s really important. And that way, you can take a little more of an analytical view at the treatment, at the plan and what you’re going to do from your end,” Albritton said.

The center also has information specialists you can talk to about any questions you may have after an overwhelming diagnosis, helping you to be the best possible advocate for yourself or a family member.

Albritton says his dad is doing well and just finished cancer treatment.

The Health Information Center at UT Medical Center is just behind the main lobby area and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays until 5:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 865-305-9525.

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