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Strengthening Our Services

Cancer

Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) has begun conducting a survey within our community of individuals who have been diagnosed or treated for cancer. The goal of this study is to provide a better understanding about the experience of Tillamook patients during and after cancer treatment. With this information, a comprehensive plan will be developed that supports optimal health for cancer patients and survivors.

Currently, cancer services available locally operate at a functional level, in large part due to our rural location. Some of the questions that this survey will help to answer include: What additional services are needed? Which needed services can be provided locally? How can community partnerships help to fill the gaps along the continuum of care? Both cancer patients and community physicians are invited to participate in this survey.

Project co-leaders Justin Hersom, LCSW, and LaLonnie Hurliman, RN, Cancer Nurse Navigator, are excited about how this project will enhance our local community’s capacity to address cancer-related needs. Community members who are cancer patients or survivors and would like to participate in the study are asked to call (503) 815-2408 for additional information from Justin or LaLonnie. Their goal is to have at least 50 surveys completed by July 15.

“Access to needed healthcare services is something the hospital regularly reviews as a part of our community health needs assessment,” shares Gina Seufert, TRMC VP for Physician and Clinic Services. “We appreciate the collaboration with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute on this project, and look forward to participating in the community plan that will be developed to enhance the cancer care services for our region.”

This project is funded by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program, which works to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community‐identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade‐long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Additional information about the program is available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s website.