Cancer care closer to home in SW Washington

March 9, 2017

For patients battling a serious illness like cancer, getting care close to home can make a tremendous difference. You don’t need to travel far for care, and you’re closer to your support system of friends and family. In Clark County, there will soon be more resources to make this kind of local care possible.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight – Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative is working with The Vancouver Clinic to expand the collaborative’s footprint, expanding its network of integrated cancer care clinics into Southwest Washington. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver will provide cancer care at its main campus, opening infusion and radiation oncology clinics. The medical center will also add a hematology and medical oncology clinic this summer.

Also, The Vancouver Clinic will open a hematology and oncology clinic and an infusion clinic at its 87th Avenue location. Legacy Salmon Creek will manage these clinics — which open March 21 — as an outpatient department of the hospital.

“This collaboration provides patients in Southwest Washington additional resources from a nationally certified Cancer Institute Center, offering the latest treatments and technologies as well as hundreds of research studies and clinic trials,” said Bryce Helgerson, president of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. “They can receive world-class cancer care close to home.”

Legacy Health and the OHSU Cancer Institute formed the OHSU Knight – Legacy Health Cancer Collaborative in 2013 to provide more coordinated community cancer care to patients in more locations, and share their resources instead of duplicating services. In addition to the new clinics in Clark County, the collaborative has clinics in Oregon in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia counties.

Affiliations, collaborations and partnerships continue to play a significant role in health care, even across state lines, bringing providers together to better meet patients’ needs and make our communities healthier. Click here to read more in a story from The Columbian. (Tim Pfarr)


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