Swedish Foundation Raises $10 Million for True Family Women’s Cancer Center; New Facility Set to Ope

Swedish Foundation Raises $10 Million for True Family Women’s Cancer Center; New Facility Set to Open in 2012

SEATTLE – Oct. 19, 2010 –The Swedish Foundation announced it has raised the $10 million needed to fund capital construction costs of the new True Family Women’s Cancer Center. As a result, the campaign goal has been met and planning for construction of the comprehensive cancer care center is officially under way. Upon its completion in 2012, the True Family Women's Cancer Center will be the Pacific Northwest's largest, most comprehensive center devoted to treating cancers that affect women.

The 20,000-square-foot center will be located on the fourth and fifth floors of the Arnold Pavilion (1221 Madison) on the First Hill campus, which is where the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) is based. Many of SCI's services are located on the building's first three floors. This new site for the True Center will provide space on the two floors directly above the Swedish Cancer Institute, with ready access to conference rooms and an educational center located on B-Floor of the Arnold Pavilion. The center's configuration will help ensure that it remains a dedicated, private and welcoming place that offers comprehensive, patient-centered care for women with cancer.

“This new center will be a warm and welcoming environment offering traditional and complementary care services in a collaborative and comprehensive way under one roof to facilitate better patient care and physician interaction,” said Dr. Patricia Dawson, medical director and breast cancer program leader within the Swedish Cancer Institute’s new True Family Women’s Cancer Center. “We know that we can bring even greater success to women’s cancer treatment by combining services and bringing everyone together in one centralized location. We plan to have this new cancer center do just that.”

Currently, more than a third of the patients at the Swedish Cancer Institute are being treated for women’s cancers, such as breast, cervical, and uterine cancer — and more than half of all Swedish patients dealing with cancer of all kinds are women.  The center’s design takes this under strict consideration.

Funded entirely through philanthropic support from individuals in the community, as well as corporate and Foundation donors, the True Family Women’s Cancer Center would not be possible without the leadership of Patricia True, Doug and Janet True, Bill and Ruth True and their Families, Robin Knepper, the Norcliffe Foundation, Sellen Construction, Seattle Radiology and the Alvord Family.

For more information, visit www.swedishfoundation.org/wcc.

About The True Family Women’s Cancer Center

Slated to open in 2012, the True Family Women's Cancer Center will be the Pacific Northwest's largest, most comprehensive center devoted to treating cancers that affect women.  The 20,000-square-foot center will be the hub for treatment programs for women’s cancers and will also address the unique physical, psychosocial and educational needs that women with cancer, and their families experience as they go through treatment and move towards survivorship. In addition to providing greater patient convenience and support, the center will increase the level of interaction and collaboration among specialists. With enhanced communication between providers, the focus will be on developing optimal treatment plans for each patient right from the time of diagnosis. For more information, visit www.swedishfoundation.org/wcc.

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of four hospital campuses; emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Issaquah, Redmond and Mill Creek; Swedish Visiting Nurse Services; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 70 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. Swedish recently opened a new emergency department and medical office building (MOB) on its Ballard campus and will open a new MOB and hospital in Issaquah in mid-July 2011. 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, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.

In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide-variety of initiatives throughout the health-care system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neurosciences, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling more than $76 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit www.campaignforswedish.org.

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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted Oct. 20 on the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Web site, click here.
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