Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine Complete partnership restructuring

SEATTLE (April 1, 2022) – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine have completed the restructuring of their longstanding relationship and the formation of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, a unified research center on adult cancer and care center.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center unites the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the SCCA into one independent, not-for-profit organization that is also a clinically integrated part of UW Medicine’s and UW Medicine’s cancer program.

“Today’s milestone is an important step towards our vision of reducing the time between discovery and delivery of the most advanced treatments for our patients. It builds on the 20-year foundation and legacy that the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SCCA, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine have established,” said Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and Raisbeck Endowed Chair. “As a unified organization, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center will be focused on improving patient outcomes, accelerating research discoveries and treatments, and reducing barriers in the way we collaborate. Ultimately, we want to bring the latest scientific advances to our patients and provide them with the best care possible. »

Over the next year, SCCA’s eight clinical care sites will be renamed Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center sites. UW Medicine physicians will continue to provide cancer care to current and future patients at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and University of Washington Medical Center. During the transition, high-quality patient care, research and operations will remain uninterrupted.

As part of this transition, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is establishing a new board of directors consisting of 13 members, including nine community directors and four ex-officio members. Community Administrators bring a diverse range of expertise and perspectives from the healthcare, technology and professional services sectors. The office positions are filled by leaders from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and UW Medicine. Kathy Surace-Smith, vice president and general counsel of NanoString Technologies, was chair of the board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and will now serve as chair of the board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

“The creation of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center will help us redefine cancer research and care,” said Kathy Surace-Smith. “Our collaboration and connectivity between our clinical and research programs will help us accelerate lifesaving discoveries and improve outcomes for cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

“The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center will streamline and enhance the personalized patient care experience and build on the nationally recognized clinical and research excellence of the SCCA and UW Medicine, as well as the programs world-renowned research facility from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine. “The unification of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and SCCA and the clinical integration of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center with UW Medicine will bring research and care closer together, leveraging the strengths of all organizations to ensure patients can access breakthrough treatments and cures as quickly as possible.”

Seattle Children’s, an original SCCA alliance partner, will work closely with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center to advance breakthroughs in adult and pediatric oncology. “Caring for children when they need us most and working to advance pediatric research is what inspires us,” said Seattle Children’s CEO Dr. Jeff Sperring. “We will continue to invest in and expand Seattle Children’s leading pediatric cancer and blood disorder care and research to serve the children of today and tomorrow and look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.”

The merged organization will focus on integrating teams and operations over the coming weeks and months. A brand new Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center will be introduced later this year.

To learn more, visit www.chfc.org.

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About the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists research new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases potentially fatal. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch is home to the nation’s first National Cancer Institute-funded cancer prevention research program, as well as the Women’s Health Initiative’s Clinical Coordinating Center and International Headquarters. from the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and the COVID-19 Prevention Network. For more information about Fred Hutch, visit fredhutch.org.

About Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading cancer research teams and specialists from Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine – an extraordinary group whose sole purpose is the pursuit of better, longer and richer lives for our patients. Based in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, SCCA is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Washington State. In addition to its proton therapy center in Seattle, SCCA has nine clinical care sites in the region, including a medical oncology clinic at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland; hematology/medical oncology and perfusion services at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, medical and radiation oncology clinics at UW Medical Center—Northwest in Seattle, and medical oncology services at SCCA Issaquah, as well as network affiliations with hospitals in five states. UWMC/SCCA has been recognized as the 9th Best Cancer Hospital for 2020-21 by US News & World Report, and the only number one ranked cancer hospital in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. For more information about SCCA, visit seattlecca.org.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care, and cure to help every child live the healthiest, most fulfilling life possible. Together, Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute, and the foundation provide superior patient care, identify new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create a better future for the patients. Ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of all. children’s hospitals in the country. As one of the top five pediatric research centers in the nation, the Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neuroscience, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention And much more. The Seattle Children’s Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for all hospitals nationwide, to garner community support and raise funds for unpaid care and research . For more information about Seattle Children’s, visit seattlechildrens.org.

About UW Medicine

UW Medicine is one of the world’s top-rated integrated clinical, research, and learning health systems. With a mission to improve the health of the public, UW Medicine educates the next generation of physicians and scientists, leads one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research programs in the world, and provides exceptional patient care worldwide. whole. Our family of nearly 29,000 healthcare providers, researchers, faculty and staff includes Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Medicine Primary Care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Valley Medical Center. The UW School of Medicine is second in the nation for National Institutes of Health research grants with $1.3 billion according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Medical School Rankings (Fiscal Year 2020). For more information about UW Medicine, visit uwmedicine.org.

Contact us

Fred Hutch: media@fredhutch.org, 206.667.2210

SCCA: media@seattlecca.org, 206.640.4782

Seattle Children’s: press@seattlechildrens.org

UW Medicine: sghanson@uw.edu, 206.390.3226

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