PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center celebrates the opening of its new, integrated Cancer Center with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The Cancer Center opened on Dec. 10 at 3301 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham.
For the first time, the medical center’s patients can see cancer specialists and receive chemotherapy, radiation therapy and supportservices in a single facility. The centralized care also provides doctors and other caregivers a common space to collaborate, according to the medical center.
During the event, formal remarks begin at 1 p.m., followed by self-guided tours of the Cancer Center, which will allow visitors to explore wings leading to the library, quiet room, infusion treatment, radiation therapy and medical offices, as well the healing gardens. The event will also include raffle drawings, free chair massage and refreshments.
The ceremony will include blessings from communities of faith, including the Lummi Nation, as well as remarks from County Executive Jack Louws, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, radiation oncologist Dr. Ian Thompson, Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Jennie Crews, and Nancy Steiger, CEO and chief mission officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and the PeaceHealth Northwest Network of Care.
“Nearly everyone knows someone—a friend, family member, co-worker—who has been touched by cancer,” said Dr. Jennie Crews, in a press release. “We are all impacted in some way. This new Cancer Center will benefit not just those of us who provide care, but our entire community. I hope many will take the opportunity to come tour this place of hope and healing on Jan. 12.”