Vice President Biden recognizes Providence, Swedish

July 08, 2016

The energy was palpable at Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29. Two of our senior leaders joined the vice president and other participants in Washington, D.C. to work on ways to double the rate of progress toward ending cancer as we know it. Lee Hood, M.D., chief scientific officer, and Tom Brown, M.D., executive director of Swedish Cancer Institute and co-chair of the Providence Personalized Medicine Program, represented our system at the all-day summit. The vice president urged the group to join together to help prevent, detect and treat cancer. 

Dr. Brown was also recently appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the CARE Fund Board to ensure investment in cancer research. The board will oversee and guide the Cancer Research Endowment — or CARE — fund, with a 10-year, up to $10 million-per year state match to fund cancer research in Washington. The CARE Fund was authorized by Senate Bill 6096 and signed into law by the governor in 2015.