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MultiCare, Yakima Valley Memorial Partner to Grow Oncology Services in Central Washington

Community news | Thursday, November 4, 2021

Contact: Bridget Turrell

YAKIMA — MultiCare Health System and Yakima Valley Memorial announced today they are
partnering to expand oncology services in Central Washington to meet the growing needs of
the community.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Yakima County, yet early detection and
treatment can significantly improve outcomes for patients and families. As the population of
Yakima County continues to climb, so too does the demand for oncology services.

"Memorial is committed to making every patient's journey with cancer as successful as
possible," says Carole Peet, President and CEO of Yakima Valley Memorial, "We are excited to
partner with MultiCare Health System for the recruitment and leadership of additional medical
oncologists to ensure improved access to local care for our community."

To ensure that new patients have immediate access to care, Yakima Memorial is collaborating
with MultiCare to recruit four additional medical oncologists in the coming months. Both
organizations will continue to operate independently while sharing leadership of Yakima
Memorial's medical oncology team.

Yakima Memorial, a 226-bed community hospital, has been a leader in delivering advanced
cancer care to Central Washington's Yakima Valley for more than 50 years. In 2000, the
organization opened North Star Lodge, an integrated outpatient cancer center specifically
designed for healing. North Star Lodge offers a robust array of services, including medical
oncology, radiation oncology, genetic counseling, clinical trials and more.

"MultiCare is focused on improving the health of communities across the Pacific Northwest,"
says Bill Robertson, President and CEO. "We are honored to work with Yakima Valley Memorial
to ensure that patients and their families in Central Washington have access to high quality care
close to home."

MultiCare operates oncology services in the Puget Sound and Inland Northwest regions. The
organization has a history of investing in the Yakima Valley region. In May 2021, the
organization pledged $8 million to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) with
the goal of expanding educational opportunities for students interested in working with medically underserved communities.

MultiCare's existing relationship with PNWU — along with its state-wide clinical network of
cancer care — make the health system an ideal partner in supporting service expansion at
Yakima Memorial and North Star Lodge. Working together, the organizations can ensure that
patients in Yakima Valley retain local access to timely, comprehensive cancer care, from
prevention to diagnosis to treatment.