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U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings: The Value of Voting for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center

The annual survey for the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings is now open. The rankings represent an opportunity to voice your support for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) with University of Washington Medical Center (UW Medical Center). These organizations have joined forces for over two decades to advance the standards of cancer care. Close relationships between SCCA and community oncologists ensure that patients receive the precise care they need — where they need it. 

“We recognize that 80% of oncology care is delivered in the community. We know it’s important for patients to receive care close to home,” says Jennie Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, Clinical Professor at UW Medicine and Vice President and Medical Director of SCCA’s Community and Network Oncology Programs. “We’re also here when providers need to partner for complex and rare cancers or need access to specialized research.”  Since joining in 2017, Dr. Crews has led the expansion of SCCA’s community oncology model. She remains dedicated to bringing practice changing information from academic medicine to communities where patients and their loved ones live and work.

Tom Purcell, MD shares a similar perspective. Dr. Purcell joined SCCA as its Chief Medical Officer in 2021.  “I have practiced oncology in both the academic and community settings which has helped me understand how care is delivered at each phase of disease.  SCCA and UW Medical Center are at the forefront of cancer care innovation and research. We want to be a great partner with community providers especially when oncology specialty care is crucial. If you agree that we provide excellent oncology expertise, we ask that you consider going to Doximity and voting for SCCA and UW Medicine Center in the Cancer Specialty section of the Survey.”  

SCCA, UW Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are world renowned for innovative cancer care, including:

  • Bone marrow transplantation: The Nobel Prize-winning developer of bone marrow transplantation, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, carried out pioneering research at Fred Hutch, from 1973 to 2002.
  • CAR T-cell therapy: SCCA and Fred Hutch researchers are well known for their groundbreaking work in the development of cellular immunotherapy, which has become a life-saving treatment for many patients.
  • Molecular genetics: SCCA is a leader in the field, offering biomarker testing for many types of cancers. Patients with prostate and hematological malignancies receive specialized genetic counseling at clinics dedicated to these conditions.
  • Complex cancers: Pioneering research at SCCA is helping transform care for patients with genitourinary malignancies, sarcomas, lung cancer, Merkle cell carcinoma, and many other cancers.

SCCA offers many services to community oncologists, including:

  • Coordinated care: SCCA works closely with referring physicians to coordinate the aspects of care that can be provided locally for patients during and after treatment.
  • Specialized expertise: As one of the nation’s top cancer centers, SCCA offers the most advanced technologies and therapies available. For physicians seeking advice on a diagnosis or treatment options, Med-Con provides quick access to experts. 
  • Clinical trials: SCCA's robust portfolio of clinical trials allows access to promising new therapies. This is the kind of bench-to-bedside transformation SCCA is known for, bringing new technologies and treatments to the forefront and improving standards of care. 
  • Educational programs: SCCA physicians share their expertise in specific types of cancer, treatments and supportive services with community providers through a range of educational programs. 

Find out more about SCCA’s provider resources

Cast your vote before the polls close!

U.S. News & World Report partners with Doximity to survey physicians for its Best Hospitals rankings. Doximity is an online physician social network of more than 1.8 million members, representing about 80% percent of U.S. physicians. It enables physicians to find peers online and engage in physician-to-physician connections for referrals, medical news and business. 

Only eligible physicians can vote in the U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings. There are two ways to access the survey:

  • Existing Doximity users should receive an email with a link to the survey.
  • Physicians who don’t receive an email can log into their Doximity account and click on the U.S. News badge on the homepage or click on the link to the survey in their newsfeed. 

The polls are open now, but you only have a limited time to cast your vote for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center. 

Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy A type of treatment in which a patient's T cells (a type of immune system cell) are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancer cells. A type of treatment in which a patient's T cells (a type of immune system cell) are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancer cells. T cells are taken from a patient’s blood. Then, in the laboratory, the gene for a special receptor that binds to a certain protein on the patient’s cancer cells is added to the T cells. This special receptor is called a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR). Large numbers of the CAR T cells are grown in the laboratory and given to the patient by infusion. Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy is used to treat certain blood cancers, and it is being studied in the treatment of other types of cancer. Also called CAR T-cell therapy. Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Immunotherapy A type of therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. A therapy that uses substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight cancer, infection and other diseases. Some immunotherapies only target certain cells of the immune system. Others affect the immune system in a general way. Types of immunotherapy include cytokines, vaccines, bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) and some monoclonal antibodies.