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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Welcomes Group Health Medical Centers

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Dean Forbes dforbes@fhcrc.org

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05-18-2011 SCCA Welcomes Group Health Medical Centers (28kb)

May 18, 2011
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Welcomes Group Health Medical Centers
as its Newest Network Member

SEATTLE – Group Health Medical Centers has joined Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Network to become its 10th affiliate in the greater Northwest. The affiliation focuses onexpanding access to cancer treatment options and helping foster advances in cancer care.

A multispecialty group practice of more than a thousand primary care doctors and
specialists, Group Health Physicians provides care to about 400,000 patients in 26 Group Health Medical Centers across Washington.

The affiliation means that Group Health medical oncologists in Bellevue, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma can now offer their patients access to additional treatment options via select SCCA clinical studies without necessarily having to transfer their patients to SCCA.

“Group Health Medical Centers have collaborated with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance since it was formed 10 years ago,” said Michael Soman, M.D., chief medical executive of Group Health Physicians. “This formal affiliation further underscores the value of our expertise and advocacy in advancing cancer care in our community. Our excellent oncologists and clinical teams in oncology are very excited about the affiliation.”

SCCA Network provides a structured program for supporting community-based oncology services, such as continuing medical education, access to SCCA oncologists for specialist consults, and arranging for local patients to enroll in select clinical studies managed by Group Health oncologists in cooperation with SCCA’s lead investigators.

“We believe this affiliation has the potential to greatly benefit both our clinical research mission and the clinical cancer care program at Group Health,” said Fred Appelbaum, M.D., executive director of SCCA and director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The new relationship doesn’t involve any changes to health plan coverage or benefits. As recommended, patients should talk directly with their health plan customer service center to understand coverage specifics before beginning any treatment.

The other members of the SCCA Network are Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman, Mont.; Cascade Cancer Center, Kirkland; Clinic Cancer Care, Great Falls, Mont.; Multicare Regional Cancer Center, Tacoma; Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles; Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Bellevue; Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage; Skagit Valley Hospital, Mount Vernon; and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, Wenatchee.

About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance – 10 Years, Thousands of Lives Saved
Every day, the goal of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. SCCA unites the adult and pediatric cancer-care programs of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Together they comprise the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in six states, from Washington to the Dakotas. A major focus of SCCA is to speed the transfer of new diagnostic and treatment techniques from the research setting to the patient bedside. Patients receive the latest research-based cancer therapies as well as cutting-edge treatments. SCCA has three clinical-care sites: an outpatient clinic on the Hutchinson Center campus, a pediatric-inpatient unit at Children’s and an adult-inpatient unit at UW Medical Center. SCCA celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011. For more information visit www.seattlecca.org.

Media Contact:
Dean Forbes