The crowd of more than 250 people cheered as the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaboration broke ground on the 19,000-square-foot comprehensive cancer treatment center and specialty clinic in Astoria, Ore., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. The project will expand on Columbia Memorial Hospital’s existing chemotherapy treatment services, and bring much-needed radiation therapy services to the North Coast.
It will allow cancer patients to receive more treatment close to home, in an optimallyhealing environment. This partnership is the first of its kind for OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and will provide the Columbia Pacific Region with convenient access to the most advanced care available.
“This is an incredible day for CMH and our local community”, said Erik Thorsen, CEO of Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH). “This new cancer center will offer patients the best treatments available in a facility designed with their needs in mind, which is part of CMH’s Planetree philosophy. The expanded medical oncology services and new radiation therapy services will make the cancer treatment journey easier for residents of the North Oregon Coast.”
Currently, CMH’s cancer treatment services benefit about 300 patients per month. Local cancer patients who require radiation therapy currently must travel at least an hour outside of Astoria to receive treatment, five days a week for up to eight weeks.
“We are thrilled about this collaboration and the opportunity to expand cancer services in Astoria.” said Ann Raish, vice president of oncology services at the OHSU KnightCancer Institute. “We look forward to working together to ensure patients in the region benefit from the most advanced cancer care services available and as close to home as possible.”
As part of the expansion, CMH/OHSU Cancer Care Center’s medical director Knight Cancer Institute medical oncologist Jennifer Lycette, M.D., will be joined in the practice by a radiation oncologist and other cancer care providers. In cooperation with physicians from the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, these local providers will offer patients a full complement of cancer care treatments.
“Some patients simply can’t travel long distances to receive radiation therapy, which can limit their treatment options and chances of beating cancer. By being able to provide radiation therapy in Astoria, I believe we’ll see more people in our area surviving this devastating disease,” said Dr. Lycette, medical director of the CMH/OHSU Cancer Care Center.
If a patient requires more specialized cancer treatment than is available, CMH will coordinate a seamless transfer of care to a physician at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in Portland while also helping patients navigate their ongoing cancer care at the new Center in Astoria.
The center is being designed by PKA Architects. The construction team includes general contractor P&C Construction and project managers Al Jacques and Mike Day, of Day CPM Services. Construction is expected to be completed in fall of 2017.
For information on how you can support this project, contact the CMH Foundation at 503-325-3208.
About Columbia Memorial Hospital: Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) is a full-service, 25-bed, critical access, not-for-profit, Level IV trauma center in Astoria, Ore. CMH has 12 clinics and a host of ancillary services. It has earned the distinction of being a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Designated hospital. CMH has served the people of the Lower Columbia since 1880.
About the Knight Cancer Institute: The Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University is a pioneer in the field of precision cancer medicine. The institute’s director, Brian Druker, M.D., helped prove it was possible to shut down just the cells that enable cancer to grow. This breakthrough has made once-fatal forms of the disease manageable and transformed how cancer is treated. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center between Sacramento and Seattle – an honor earned only by the nation’s top cancer centers. It is headquarters for one of the National Cancer Institute’s largest research collaboratives, SWOG, in addition to offering the latest treatments and technologies as well as hundreds of research studies and clinical trials. For additional information on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute visit www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/cancer or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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