As part of CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center’s clinical partnership and strategic affiliation, the two healthcare providers have begun offering radiation oncology services at Highline Cancer Center in Burien.

“CHI Franciscan Health is proud to work in partnership with Virginia Mason to introduce new state-of-the-art radiation oncology services at Highline Cancer Center,” said Ketul J. Patel, Chief Executive Officer, CHI Franciscan Health. “Patients and families throughout the Seattle and Tacoma Metro area now have greater access to premier oncology care and services in their community.”

CHI Franciscan has invested $4 million to create the brand new radiation oncology unit, which will serve cancer patients receiving care in communities between Seattle and Tacoma. The unit features a linear accelerator, a sophisticated radiation therapy technology that allows for complex cancer treatments to be initiated sooner and provides enhanced, high quality cancer treatment. To reduce the side effects of radiation, patients will receive highly targeted radiation therapy that uses the lowest dose possible to reduce side effects, such as skin irritation and fatigue.

“Virginia Mason and CHI Franciscan Health are charting a successful course for collaborative care in the Pacific Northwest, and the Highline Cancer Center represents the latest milestone in our partnership,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “We are thrilled to partner in opening the new radiation oncology unit at Highline, which will ensure patients have greater access to the highest quality cancer care.”

The program will operate similar to the successful St. Francis Hospital and Virginia Mason radiation oncology partnership model established at the CHI Franciscan hospital in Federal Way in 2003. Like St. Francis Hospital, Highline Medical Center is part of the CHI Franciscan Health organization.

“Joining the Highline Cancer Center will allow us to provide exceptional cancer care to even more patients across the Puget Sound communities,” said Dr. Kaz Ray Badiozamani. “We are excited to work in partnership with CHI Franciscan Health’s team to advance radiation oncology services at Highline Cancer Center.”