Collaborative Cancer Care

A cornerstone of our community

By Chris Laman, PharmD, Director of CMH–OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative

CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, Astoria, Oregon

Chris Laman, director of the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, speaks at the grand opening of the Cancer Collaborative in Astoria, Oregon. (Oct. 12, 2017)

Building the CMH–OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative could not have been done without the support of our community who said “yes” to bringing this level of cancer care to Astoria.

Leaders in the Columbia-Pacific region have high expectations for the hospital and this center. Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) and OHSU share these high expectations, and we are committed to making the Cancer Collaborative the destination for people facing a cancer diagnosis. We achieve this by offering services like social work, dietitian consults, classes and support systems from our community that you just do not find at larger facilities.

Since CEO Erik Thorsen joined CMH in 2003, we have made tremendous improvements in the level of care we offer here, and over the next 10 years we will continue to grow and improve. Cancer is not where this stops. The opening of the Cancer Collaborative was just another step in building something great.

The future is bright, but it is up to us, as a community, to continue to strengthen our partnerships to ensure we have a place that will attract medical talent so our community members can get the care they deserve.

Thank you for your support, and I promise the best is yet to come from CMH!

Read more from the Winter 2018 issue of the CMH Health Compass.