December 21, 2009 -
The Olympic Peninsula regional community now has another reason to stay close to home for cancer care. Experienced Radiation Oncologist Rena Zimmerman, MD, has joined the Olympic Medical Cancer Center medical team in Sequim.
Hailing most recently from Western Regional Medical Center in Arizona, Dr. Zimmerman has practiced radiation oncology for more than 20 years.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Zimmerman join the medical staff in our community,” says Pamela Hawney, assistant administrator of specialty services at Olympic Medical Center. “Her experience as a radiation oncologist is excellent and her work in the development and enhancement of cancer care programs will benefit our patients.”
Dr. Zimmerman is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. She is also a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. She recently completed the Program in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona Tucson. She attended medical school at Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine and completed her residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Dr. Zimmerman is passionate about radiation oncology. “Radiation therapy is an extremely satisfying area of medicine,” she says. “Our ability to treat patients has improved dramatically because of technological advances, such as computing. We can better provide radiation cancer treatment due to those advances, while limiting damage to surrounding healthy tissue, and I find that very encouraging.”
Unlike other cancer treatment providers in Kitsap County and the Puget Sound area, the world-class Thomas Family Cancer Center in Sequim conveniently houses radiation oncology and medical oncology under one roof. Services include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, infusion services, hematology, dietary services, PET/CT and an onsite pharmacy, as well as a resource room for patients and their loved ones.
In addition to the services offered locally, Olympic Medical Center’s affiliation with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings the resources of three internationally renowned institutions to the community: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medicine, and Seattle Childrens. Through this partnership with the SCCA, patients have access to clinical trials; offering patients access to the latest cancer therapies before they become widely available.
For more information on Olympic Medical Cancer Center services, please call (360) 683-9895.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.