Columbia Memorial Hospital
Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria Oregon has a new cancer center offering chemotherapy, imaging, pharmacy and other services in one building for individuals on the North Oregon Coast who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The newly built center has 10 chairs for infusion treatments, as well as an outpatient oncology clinic staffed two days a week by Dr. Robert Raish, an oncologist from Oregon Health and Science University. OHSU and Columbia Memorial are recruiting to hire a full-time oncologist who would also be on the faculty of OHSU.
The project was a collaborative effort between Columbia Memorial Hospital, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Dr. Sonny Park, and the City of Astoria. The center is housed in the Park Medical Center across the street from the hospital. The mayor of Astoria and the administrator of the hospital brought the town together around the common goal of providing oncology care in their community. The Astoria City Council approved a $300,000 urban renewal grant to build the cancer center, the hospital foundation supplied the furnishings, CMH Auxiliary Volunteers provided the 10 infusion chairs Clatsop Community College Art Department and local potters donated art for the center. OHSU worked with the community to bring an oncologist in to coordinate the entire process.