Skip to content
Menu

Latest News

Northwest Medical Specialties To Bring ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program To Washington

TACOMA, Wash., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS) today announced that the ReVital cancer rehabilitation program will be available to its patients at their Tacoma and Puyallup clinics.  The Tacoma clinic recently became the first NWMS location to have these services available on site, providing patients convenient one-stop access to care.

ReVital is an innovative cancer rehabilitation program developed by Select Medical, a leading provider of specialized post-acute care.  Utilizing physical therapists, ReVital-certified rehabilitation specialists address pain, fatigue, neuropathy and many other cancer-related side effects with encouragement and compassion.

“There is mounting research that tells us that keeping patients fit, maintaining strength and cardiovascular health allows treatment to be given more safely with faster recovery back to health,” said Dr. Frank Senecal, medical oncologist, Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC.  “ReVital is a great program for our patients, it is convenient, comfortable and effective.”

According to several articles in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 60 percent of all people affected by cancer have at least one physical or functional issue as a result of their cancer treatment.  In addition, 25 to 60 percent of experience lasting pain, while 80 to 90 percent deal with fatigue related to their cancer.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Northwest Medical Specialties to help empower patients to activate their care, take control and improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Michael D. Stubblefield, national medical director, ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, Select Medical.

All ReVital-certified therapists have completed a comprehensive oncology rehabilitation education program guided by the nation’s latest evidence-based best practices.  Their goal is to advance people’s recovery and improve their quality of life, helping them to live well beyond cancer.

In addition to the Select Physical Therapy (Select PT)-ReVital clinic at NWMS in Tacoma, patients will also have access to seven designated Select PT-ReVital centers throughout the greater Seattle and Tacoma regions.  Select PT is an established network of physical therapy clinics owned by Select Medical. 

The collaboration with NWMS marks the ninth market where the ReVital program is available in the U.S.  For more information about ReVital cancer rehabilitation, visit: www.revitalcancerrehab.com.

About NWMS
Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC (NWMS) provides innovative medical services for patients diagnosed with cancer, blood diseases and infectious diseases. NWMS is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and understanding individual needs. As a community cancer center with 5 locations, NWMS strives to bring state of the art, high quality care to patients in their own communities. NWMS participates in several quality cancer-care initiatives, such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s Oncology Care Model, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

About Select Medical
Select Medical is one of the largest operators of critical illness recovery hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and occupational health centers in the United States based on the number of facilities.  Our reportable segments include the critical illness recovery hospital segment, the rehabilitation hospital segment, the outpatient rehabilitation segment, and the Concentra segment. As of March 31, 2019, Select Medical operated 97 critical illness recovery hospitals in 28 states, 27 rehabilitation hospitals in 11 states, and 1,684 outpatient rehabilitation clinics in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Select Medical’s joint venture subsidiary Concentra operated 525 occupational health centers in 41 states. Concentra also provides contract services at employer worksites and Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics. At March 31, 2019, Select Medical had operations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Information about Select Medical is available at www.selectmedical.com.

Media Contacts
For Select Medical/ReVital: Shelly Eckenroth, seckenroth@selectmedical.com or 717-920-4035
For Northwest Medical Specialties: Amy Ellis, aellis@nwmsonline.com or 253-428-8700

SOURCE Select Medical

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/northwest-medical-specialties-to-bring-revital-cancer-rehabilitation-program-to-washington-300836309.html

CPAN Chapter Advocacy Educational Event

Northwest Medical Specialties invites you to join our CPAN Chapter at our next advocacy educational event. During this event you will:

  • Hear highlights from the 2019 Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Conference held at Disney’s Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
  • Learn about key issues impacting community oncology including:
    • Cancer Clinic Consolidation and Closures, Concerns with Pharmacy Benefit Managers, The Harm of Prior Authorizations
  • Hear your fellow advocates share their experience participating in COA’s Patient Advocacy conference program track.
  • Learn more about how you can join our local Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy (CPAN) Chapter.
     

Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time:  4:00-5:00PM

Location:  St. Joseph Medical Building (behind main lobby check-in)

1608 South J Street, Tacoma WA 98405

Conference Room B

 

This is a free program, but registration is required. To register contact, please contact Abra Kelson at (253) 200-3164, akelson@nwmsonline.com.

HAVING HARD CONVERSATIONS IN LOVING WAYS

 

 

A diagnosis of cancer forces patients and families to confront issues that can be ignored on ordinary days. Some people think that not talking about these issues avoids the pain, but patients often will discuss these hard questions and concerns with healthcare staff. They report that avoiding those topics with their loved ones often adds to the burden patients have to carry alone. This session will offer ideas about having these hard conversations in ways that ease the unnecessary suffering that the burden of silence causes. Information about Palliative Care and Hospice will be included in this shared dialogue. Workshop will be led by Chaplain Dorothy Pryblyski. Free dinner will be provided. 

Date:  Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time:  5:30-7:00PM

Location: Northwest Medical Specialties

2920 South Meridian, Suite 100

Puyallup, WA 98373

This is a free program, but registration is required. To register contact, please contact Eunice Chua at (253) 428-8757, echua@nwmsonline.com.

The NWMS Cancer Support Community Is Seeking Volunteers

 

Providing support to all people touched by cancer is at the core of everything the NWMS Cancer Support Community (CSC) does and is the heart of our mission. We cannot achieve this goal without your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers strengthen our efforts to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and an ambassador on behalf of CSC helping make a difference in the lives of millions of cancer patients and their families.

Join us and become a CSC Champion for Support. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the NWMS Cancer Support Community. Here are some examples of the ways that you can help:

Outreach – Delivering calendars and flyers to cancer centers and hospitals; speaking about the Cancer Support Community at local community organizations. 
Fundraising – Help with staffing fund raising events.
Administrative – Reception, office support and mailings.
For Professional Level Volunteers – Present workshops or lectures.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:
Eunice Chua, Cancer Support Community Coordinator
Phone: 253-428-8757 Ext 4864
echua@nwmsonline.com

 

NWMS CPAN Members Attend The 2019 Community Oncology Alliance Conference

This week NWMS attended the 2019 COA conference in Orlando, FL. NWMS sponsored 3 patients to attend this conference in order to advocate for themselves and other patients impacted by cancer. 

 

NWMS is the Washington state chapter of COA’S Patient Advocacy Network. Several team members from NWMS participate in our CPAN chapter and hold regular meetings and events.

CPAN was created in recognition of the vital role patients should play in advocating for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients. CPAN complements the work of COA, which has established a record of unprecedented success in mobilizing community oncology to raise awareness of the issues facing cancer care delivery and to become politically active.

Truly inclusive on all levels, CPAN is a noncancer type specific national network representing all members of the cancer community. CPAN members include patients in active treatment, cancer survivors, professional caregivers, family members, medical and oncology professionals, and members of the general community.

CPAN brings attention to the impact of Medicare legislative policies on cancer patients, specifically the issues affecting local cancer centers. Of great concern is the volume of community cancer clinics that have closed across the United States.

 

If you would like to be involved or would like more information please contact:

Abra Kelson (253) 200-3164 or akelson@nwmsonline.com

 

QCCA Launches IQ Oncology to Further Develop Nationally Integrated Network

 

PRESS RELEASE  UPDATED: APR 1, 2019 17:02 EDT

PUYALLUP, Washington, April 1, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Building on efforts last year by the Quality Cancer Care Alliance (QCCA) to create the first clinically integrated network (CIN) in oncology in the United States, QCCA has launched IQ Oncology, its Management Services Organization (MSO), as a means to most effectively deliver cancer care across the membership’s 17 independent practices covering 16 States.

IQ Oncology will develop value-based programs in oncology and deploy strategies to provide direct-to-plan-sponsor oncology services, engage in activities supportive of and ancillary to these functions, including drug costs, insurance networks and deployment of effective, quality care.

Since launching its CIN last year, QCCA’s goal has been on improving the quality of oncology care through delivering the most effective therapies, diagnostics, processes and research in service of its patients. Its members are utilizing clinical pathways and sharing data in order to reveal more effective, as well as more cost-efficient, ways to improve the quality of the care.

“With IQ Oncology we now have a strong framework to support our value-based organization and improve the quality of cancer care and health economics within the independent oncology community,” said Sibel Blau, MD, President and CEO of QCCA Network and IQ Oncology. “The ability to attract investment into our data analytics and better support our members with those investments gives us the unique opportunity to better serve many more patients across the country, utilizing the best in clinical pathways while focusing on reducing the high cost of care and bringing innovative solutions to the employer market.”

The initial concept for the CIN centered around the need to innovate on the clinical side of care as well as addressing the business side of healthcare delivery, including providing excellence in the patient experience and re-shaping outdated models dictating how healthcare dollars are spent. The MSO provides the infrastructure to implement that innovation across member practices.

“Utilizing data analytics to reveal clinical patterns and opportunities for earlier interventions and quality improvement, adherence to defined best practices in clinical pathways across a broad network of physicians, and deploying a national network to bring pressure for updating outmoded systems of cost, payment and investments, is what attracted us to join the Network,” said Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, President of Michiana Hematology Oncology, a QCCA Network member.  “Putting the right data in the right hands at the right time is the way to re-shape the face of cancer care in this country, and IQ Oncology provides the ability for the independent oncology community to do just that.”

“Collaboration and support of independent practices is the key to improving healthcare outcomes in oncology. QCCA Network has grown substantially in a few short years; developing IQ Oncologyallows us to further our membership and support practices in a way that has not been possible before today,” said Thomas Gribbin, MD, Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan, a member of QCCA Network.

The MSO will be operating as IQ Oncology, a division of QCCA Network.

More about QCCA Network can be found here: http://qccalliance.com.

https://www.newswire.com/news/qcca-launches-iq-oncology-to-further-develop-nationally-integrated-20853122

NWMS Staff Spotlight-Heather S.

Heather is a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant!

Heather is a first responder in our triage department. If you’ve called our office for triage needs, there is a good chance you’ve talked to Heather!

 

 

 

 

“I work in oncology because I love the patient’s. Our patient’s teach me so much about life, love, family, and perseverance. If I can lighten the load just a bit, then I have done my job. My job reminds me how fragile life is, and to be grateful everyday for the little things.”

“In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the PNW, playing card games with my kiddo’s, or relaxing with a good book. There is always music being played at my house from the guitars and bass, to Ukuleles, violin and piano, my family and I love to make music together!”

Thanks for all your hard work Heather!

Cancer Support Community-Bingo Social

Please join Cancer Support Community for fun, games and socializing. The whole family is invited. Free dinner and dessert will be provided. Play Bingo for a chance to win some prizes, while meeting others in the community.


Date:  Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time:  5:30-7:00PM

Location: Zion Lutheran Church

3410 6th Ave

Tacoma, WA 98406

 

This is a free program, but registration is required. To register contact, please contact Abra Kelson at (253) 200-3164, akelson@nwmsonline.com.

“On The Spot” Employee

Congratulations to Brian Gulmire, Clinic Support Nurse in Federal Way


Brian was spotted by Deanna: “Brian is one of our new CSNs in triage and has shown to be very dependable, hardworking, and dedicated to his job. Brian had not even had two weeks of training when he found himself alone for over a week. Brian stepped up to the plate and powered through triage tickets, medication refills, prior auth’s, and scheduling bloodwork. Brian has displayed teamwork and great compassion for his patients. I am so pleased and proud to have him on the triage team!”