The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) is a designated NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center. The mission of the FHCRC is the elimination of cancer as a cause of human suffering and death. The Center conducts state-of-the-art research to improve prevention and treatment of cancer and related diseases. FHCRC is a privately operated, non-profit institution dedicated to the prevention, therapy, and control of cancer, and the advancement of biomedical knowledge through laboratory, clinical and population-based research, the training of scientists, physicians, and other health care workers in cancer research. FHCRC researchers use biospecimens to develop new drugs, identify new gene targets for therapy, and produce screening tools to detect cancer earlier. The Center is a leader in biospecimen-based cancer research.
ITHS is a Collaboratory composed of over 160 Translational Health Sciences experts helping innovators advance research and translate medical discoveries into practice. Comprised of three partners: University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the ITHS also collaborates with regional institutions, communities, and tribal groups in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region. ITHS is one of 61 sites in the U.S. funded by a Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program from the NIH, which strive to accelerate the translation of basic science into clinical treatments and improved patient health by, supporting innovative multidisciplinary team science, training investigators in clinical research, and fostering dynamic research partnerships and collaborations. ITHS provided cross-institutional collaborations, Bioinformatics expertise, project leadership, and development of the technical infrastructure and resources required for the various bio-repositories associated with the NWBioTrust initiative.
As a jointly governed, nonprofit entity, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) combines the strengths of the FHCRC, the UWMC, and Seattle Children’s to provide high-quality, integrated, patient-focused ambulatory and inpatient oncology services. The SCCA outpatient cancer clinic is a state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the FHCRC Southeast Lake Union campus that provides a multidisciplinary setting for patient diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up and houses the newly designed Phase I clinical trials unit. The SCCA offers integrated cancer services including comprehensive diagnostic imaging, a full-service clinical laboratory, outpatient clinics, infusion therapy, minor outpatient procedures and surgery, radiation therapy, pharmacy, nutritional consultation, psychiatric and psychological clinics, a specimen processing laboratory, along with a complete array of support services for patients and families. Patients consenting to donate their residual biospecimen tissues at SCCA contribute to cutting-edge cancer research going on in the entire NW region.
Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH) specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. For more than 100 years, SCH has been dedicated to providing top-quality care to every child in the Pacific Northwest region who needs it, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, SCH provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services. It is also the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Seattle Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Many childhood diseases are rare, and SCH is a leader in collecting pediatric biospecimens that are combined with collections from other institutions to increase the success of research into pediatric cancers and other diseases.
UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, a network of nine UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary and secondary care, the physician practice plan UW Physicians, the UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children’s University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s.