Community sites extend SCCA’s world-class care closer to home
SCCA's main campus offers advanced, leading-edge cancer care, but patients and caregivers outside Seattle may find access to our community sites reduce the burden of travel. Our established community sites across the Puget Sound region offer SCCA's world-class care closer to where patients live. Providers and patients can expect seamless coordination with our South Lake Union campus when patients need more extensive treatment.
Jennie Crews, MD, medical director of SCCA’s community sites, Jason Lukas, MD, PhD medical director at SCCA Issaquah, and AnnaLiisa McGlinn, MD, radiation oncologist at our Poulsbo site, joined our podcast to talk about the benefits of receiving care at a community site. The sites offer the same excellent care as our main campus in a more intimate setting and can be easier to access for those living outside Seattle.
“In Issaquah, we have ‘universal rooms’ where patients get their blood drawn, have exams, and get chemotherapy, all in the same place,” says Dr. Lukas. “There’s also less hustle and bustle, and patients don’t have to navigate traffic in and out of Seattle.”
SCCA Peninsula provides blood tests, infusion therapy, chemotherapy, pharmacy services, and a wide array of patient support services. Like Issaquah, they offer an array of oncology services, organized in a way that is convenient for patients.
“One way we make patients’ lives easier is by giving them access to a medical oncologist and radiation oncologist in the same place, so they don’t have to travel between clinics,” says Dr. McGlinn.
All five community sites throughout the Puget Sound provide access to world-class care and supportive services. When patients need more complex care, the community sites are integrated closely with our main campus.
“If a patient needs a bone marrow transplant or CAR T-cell therapy, we can offer those patients seamless care and coordination,” says Dr. Crews. “Many patients can receive part of their care at South Lake Union and part of it closer to home – which can be especially nice when people are leery of traveling during COVID-19.”