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New PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center Opening Celebration Jan. 12

1/4/2013

The new, integrated PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center will be open for tours as part of a community celebration event between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, January 12 at 3301 Squalicum Parkway​ (pdf).

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center’s new, integrated Cancer Center, which opened  Dec. 10, provides all cancer services in one location. For the first time, patients are able to see their cancer specialists and receive chemotherapy, radiation therapy and support services in a single facility. The centralized care also provides doctors and other caregivers a common space to collaborate. 

Formal remarks begin at 1 p.m., followed by tours of the Cancer Center. Tours will be self-guided throughout the art-filled facility, as visitors explore wings leading to the library, quiet room, infusion treatment, radiation therapy and medical offices, as well the healing gardens. The event will also include raffle drawings, free chair massage and refreshments.

The ceremony will include blessings from communities of faith, including the Lummi Nation, as well as remarks from County Executive Jack Louws, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, radiation oncologist Ian Thompson, MD, Cancer Center Medical Director Jennie Crews, MD, and Nancy Steiger, CEO and Chief Mission Officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and the PeaceHealth Northwest Network of Care. 

The $23 million 35,000 square foot capital construction project was funded in a major way by local philanthropy. Nearly $10 million has been raised in the community to help provide state-of-the-art, integrated, comprehensive cancer care right in Whatcom County.

The journey that led to the new Cancer Center was taken to ensure that those in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties would have access world-class cancer center in a single, state of the art facility that is beautiful and peaceful. 

“Nearly everyone knows someone – a friend, family member, co-worker – who has been touched by cancer,” said Dr. Crews. “We are all impacted in some way.

“This new Cancer Center will benefit not just those of us who provide care, but our entire community. I hope many will take the opportunity to come tour this place of hope and healing on January 12,” said Dr. Crews.

Building Size & Configuration

The Cancer Center is a one-story building totaling 35,000 square feet. The configuration allows for a second story. The building has two vaults for a linear accelerator and one vault for an HDR machine. 

Clinical Facilities & Services

The new Cancer Center provides integrated care processes for patients with cancer, including:
  • Oncology Clinic: consultation with Radiation and Medical Oncology physicians
  • Radiation Therapy: two new Varian linear accelerators provide the latest medical technology
  • Infusion Therapy: 18 infusion bays 
  • On-site ancillary services: Pharmacy, Laboratory, dietitian, chaplain and social work

Timeline

  • January 22, 2012: Groundbreaking
  • October 16, 2012: Began installation linear accelerators
  • November 13, 2012: Certificate of Occupancy
  • December 10, 2012: First patient in new building
  • February 2013: Last radiation treatment in old building

Key People

  • Nancy Tieman, VP Strategy, Innovation & Development
  • Jennie R. Crews,  MD, Medical Director Oncology Services
  • Ben Coon, Project Manager Capital Projects

Architect & General Contractor

  • Ankrom Moisan
  • Andersen Construction Company, Inc.

 
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