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Cancer No. 1 Killer in U.S. and Clallam County

For the first time, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading killer of Americans under 85, and in Clallam County, it is the No. 1 killer for all age groups.

It is a disease that touches everyone – whether it be themselves, a loved one or friend – we all know someone who has been stricken by this deadly disease.

Since 2002 Olympic Medical Center has aggressively attacked the treatment of this disease. In 2007 OMC had over 2800 patient visits, a figure that has grown steadily over the last 10 years. In 2016, the OMC Cancer Center will see over 8,100 patients, an increase of over 157 percent. It has outgrown its space.

That is why the OMC Foundation is conducting a capital campaign to aid the expansion effort. Currently the Foundation has raised $304,000 , including a lead gift of $100,000 from Bill and Esther Littlejohn of Sequim.

"It is imperative that we expand the Center," said Foundation President Phil Walker. "A successful capital campaign will ensure that we will be able to expand to meet the increased number of patients who will need treatment in the future.

"We made this gift because we think the cancer center expansion is extremely important to the community," Littlejohn said. "I've had so many people tell me how much they appreciate the OMC Cancer Center, as they provide world class care. Also, patients don't have to travel back and forth to Seattle when they're really sick," he continued.

"Due to people living longer and an aging baby boomer population, the number of incidents of cancer will rise," said OMC CEO Eric Lewis.

"We hope that many local people will become a part of this fundraising effort," said Littlejohn, who also has agreed to be the chairman of the expansion campaign.

"It's an opportunity for people to leave a lasting legacy, and 100 percent of the monies raised will go towards the project. No funds will be used for administrative or fundraising costs. There will also be naming rights opportunities."

Lewis said that the expansion will make the cancer center viable for the long term, and that it will enable OMC to recruit and retain the best physicians and other cancer professionals.

"It will literally save people's lives," he said.

Persons who are interested in more information or in making a donation can call the OMC Foundation office at 360-417-7144, or email them at .

 The Center has served the population well. Due to its affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (University of Washington Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's Hospital) and Swedish Cancer Institute, OMC has been able to provide World Class Cancer treatment right in our own backyard. That eliminates the travel to Seattle and other out of town locations.

But the Cancer Center has exceeded its capacity. In order to deal with the increased number of projected cases, it is in need of a $7.9 million expansion that would include:

Additional clinical exam space. We currently have five exam rooms, 10 more are needed in order to accommodate growth over the next 10 years.

Pharmacy.Our current space allows for just one chemotherapy agent to be mixed at a time. Chemo mixing is highly regulated, and our current space limits the number of patients that can be treated.

Infusion and chair space. More is needed to reduce patient waits and delays. More chairs are also needed in order to conduct non-chemotherapy infusions for antibiotic and osteoporosis treatment.

Communication Education Conference Space. This will allow for physicians and staff to explain the short and long term effects to patients and support them during difficult emotional times.

OMC is prepared to borrow $4 million and use $1 million of its cash reserves, but in order to take care of all patients in the county, raising $1 million from the community is imperative.

Without it, many Clallam County patients will once again have to travel to Seattle for all or part of their care, which will increase the anxiety, fear and depression that they already are feeling.

 

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