True Family Women's Cancer Center set to open its doors at Swedish in 2012

Swedish Medical Center Foundation Raises $10 Million for New Women's Cancer Center

Swedish Medical Center Foundation Raises $10 Million for New Women's Cancer Center

True Family Women's Cancer Center set to open its doors at Swedish in 2012

SEATTLE, Wash. - Oct. 19, 2010 -The Swedish Medical Center 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.

Located on floor two of the 1101 Madison Medical Tower, the 25,000-square-foot Center will offer patients a central space with access to clinics for breast surgery, breast diagnostic imaging, treatment planning, ovarian cancer screening, gynecological oncology and fertility preservation consultations, research and clinical trials, high-risk evaluation and follow up, genetic counseling services and cancer psychiatric and social work support services. The Center will also offer education resources and an integrated support services program including naturopathy, cancer rehabilitation assessment, nutrition, wig bank, art, music, knitting and more. The Center will be designed to support patients and their families.

"This new Center is a warm and welcoming environment offering traditional and complementary care services in a collaborative and comprehensive care under one roof for 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.

With more than 800 guests in attendance, The Swedish Medical Center Foundation raised the final $400,000 necessary to fund the new center at its Women's Wellness Luncheon on Sept. 30.

Funded entirely through philanthropic support from the 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.

The 25,000-square-foot Center was designed by HinthorneMott Architects. Additional project team members will be announced shortly. For updates on the construction timeline and for additional information, visit www.swedishfoundation.org/wcc.


About The True Family Women's Cancer Center at Swedish Medical 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 25,000-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, please visit www.swedishfoundation.org/wcc.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses - First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds - a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division - a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. 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 and www.swedish100.org.