Community Focus

New Cancer center set to open at the end of 2012--

If you or a loved one has ever navigated the seemingly uncharted waters of cancer diagnosis and treatment you know that it can be an exhausting process during a time when the focus should be on getting well. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center recognizes the need for more coordinated care, and is meeting that need with the new PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center, set to open in late 2012.

The current PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center already provides exceptional outcomes for its patients, but the one missing element is the convenience of a single facility to provide for every element of care from diagnosis through recovery. The new Cancer Center will do just that with comprehensive interdisciplinary care and centralized scheduling for all oncologists, radiologists and treatment therapies.

Specialty services including consultation, education, and survivorship services are other resources provided by the center. One of the most exciting additions is the new "Nurse Navigator" position coming to the center. Oncology nurse Kim Moses, RN, BSN, OCN, will serve as the patients' guide through the process, starting with a specific set of cancers. Additionally, a new relationship with the Mayo Clinic also gives patients the ability to participate in medical trials. 

Construction of this state-of-the-art facility is already under way, and the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation is at the heart of making the center a reality. The Foundation continues its efforts to gain community support and funding this June at its gala fundraiser.

The Foundation has been hosting a gala since 2006, and this year's is expected to be the biggest one yet - with the goal of 600 attendees. Last year's gala raised $260,000 to benefit local luminaries in attendance.

This year's event will transform IMCO General Construction Headquarters in Ferndale into the IMCO Warehouse Ballroom. The dinner will be catered by Haggen and the evening's music will be performed by the Marion Weston Band. A VIP wine tasting event precedes the gala, which begins at 6 p.m. with a reception; dinner and the program honoring philantropic leaders in our community begins at 7 p.m. with entertainment following. Tickets for the gala fundraiser are $200 per gala, contact Shaaron Colemen at 360.788.6850.


Care, Share, Inspire Award Recipients

The Ralph H. Rinne, MD Physician Philanthropy Leader of the Year Award
Northwest Radiologists, Inc.

Philanthropist of the Year Award
Bob and Lisa Bailey

Inspirational Leader of the Year Award
Denny and Sylvia Holmstrom