Swedish Receives $1 Million from The Norcliffe Foundation for Women's Cancer Center

Swedish Receives $1 Million from The Norcliffe Foundation for Women's Cancer Center

SEATTLE, Oct. 28, 2008 – Swedish Medical Center has received a $1 million grant from The Norcliffe Foundation in support of a new Women's Cancer Center. When completed, the center will be the largest, most comprehensive clinical cancer center for women in the Northwest, delivering multidisciplinary professional and supportive care in one location.

"This is a critically important endeavor and we are extremely grateful to The Norcliffe Foundation for its inspiring commitment," said Albert B. Einstein Jr., M.D., executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute. "The new Women's Cancer Center will create a unique clinical environment focused exclusively on cancer affecting women. It will elevate interaction of cancer experts in all fields to optimize treatment planning and improve survival rates. Our goal is to create a national model for providing highly coordinated therapy, clinical research, and patient-centered support for women fighting cancer in our region and beyond."

The Norcliffe Foundation (www.thenorcliffefoundation.com) is a private, nonprofit family foundation located in Seattle. It was established in 1952 by Paul Pigott with a goal of improving the quality of life for all people in the community in the areas of education, health, social services, civic improvement, religion, culture and the arts, the environment, historic preservation, and youth programs. Succeeding generations of the family have continued to support the foundation in this tradition.

The Women's Cancer Center at Swedish

More than 35 percent of patients treated at the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) have breast or gynecological cancers. SCI is the largest breast-cancer prevention, detection and treatment provider in Washington state. In 2006, about 4,000 women in Washington state were diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 900 chose Swedish for their care.

Plans call for the new center to occupy 25,000 square feet of the Nordstrom Medical Tower (1229 Madison, Seattle) adjacent to the Swedish Cancer Institute on Swedish's First Hill Campus. It will combine multiple services within the breast and gynecologic cancer programs at Swedish, including comprehensive patient-support programs. Innovative new services will include a second-opinion clinic and an ovarian-cancer screening clinic.

The Women's Cancer Center will include:

  • Breast imaging and diagnostic clinic
  • Breast surgical practices clinic
  • Gynecologic oncology consultation clinic
  • Multidisciplinary consultative and treatment planning clinic
  • Second-opinion clinic
  • High-risk evaluation and screening clinic
  • Ovarian-cancer screening clinic, operated in partnership with the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research™
  • Women's cancer research and clinical trials program
  • Women's health education center
  • Comprehensive integrative and supportive programs including plastic and reconstructive surgery consultations, lymphedema rehabilitation consultation, psychology services and support groups, naturopathic treatment, massage and meditative therapies, dietary counseling, and more

The center will support women by providing them with easy and complete access to information about cancer and treatment options, as well as what to expect in their patient-care experience.

"It is vitally important to help women better understand their disease and treatment, and to enable them to cope and navigate through the complexities of the care system," said Dr. Einstein. "We plan to create a true haven of support for women and their families as they face cancer diagnoses."

A distinct aspect of the Women's Cancer Center is that it will also help women seeking assistance with any type of cancer. Women with cancers that are not gender-specific – such as lung cancer and colon cancer – will be provided navigation for care coordinated through the center with the appropriate subspecialty team for their disease type. Additionally, all women cancer patients and their families will be encouraged to use the patient support and education capabilities of the center.

"The Norcliffe Foundation is a tremendous resource for the well-being of our community," added Dr. Einstein. "They have generously supported past efforts at the Swedish Cancer Institute and we are grateful and honored to continue this partnership that will profoundly impact so many women facing cancer."

The total cost of the center is estimated at $10 million, with philanthropic funding to be raised from individuals, foundations and corporations by Swedish Medical Center Foundation.


About Swedish

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and specialty center in Issaquah, Home Care Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of about 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Seattle area. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org

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