Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Hutchinson Center), UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's have long-standing affiliations that support their respective missions of research, patient care, and education. In order to enhance cancer research and advance the treatment of cancer, Hutchinson Center, UW Medicine, and Seattle Children's have consolidated their adult and pediatric medical oncology/hematology clinical care programs into the separate, jointly governed Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Each of the three SCCA partners has equal ownership in the SCCA.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel Prize laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical technology to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Hutchinson Center receives more funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other independent U.S. research center. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation, Hutchinson Center's four scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. For more information, visit Hutchinson Center's web site at www.fhcrc.org. Major areas of research include transplantation biology, tumor and viral immunology, infectious diseases, cancer genetics, and pediatric oncology.
The academic medical components of the University of Washington include two primary teaching hospitals (UWMC and Harborview Medical Center); the University of Washington School of Medicine; and two faculty practice groups (adult and pediatric). Oncology programs located at the UW sites support research, training, and patient care activities in genitourinary oncology, gynecological oncology, medical oncology, melanoma, neuro-oncology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, radiation oncology, sarcoma, and other services. For the past five years, UWMC has been ranked among the top 15 hospitals nationally by U.S. News & World Report, including a current ranking of eighth among hospitals nationwide for its cancer program.
Seattle Children's is a pediatric community hospital for the Seattle area and the major regional pediatric referral center for medical, surgical, and developmental needs of children. It has a hematology/oncology inpatient service and its outpatient oncology services are provided through hematology, bone tumor, and neuro-oncology clinics. Seattle Children's has a pioneering research program in gene therapy.
Hutchinson Center and the UW Medicine have been affiliated since 1972, and in 1992 the parties formalized their academic relationship, with Hutchinson Center-based faculty physicians becoming members of the UW's adult practice plan. The UW Medicine and Seattle Children's have been affiliated since 1974, and since 1988 have fully integrated management of pediatric faculty physician affairs with Hutchinson Center, including establishing the current jointly controlled pediatric faculty practice plan.