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NWMS Welcomes Sarah Coughlin, ARNP!

Please join us in welcoming the newest provider to our oncology team! Welcome Sarah Coughlin, ARNP!

Sarah is a certified registered nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Sarah recently moved to the Pacific Northwest with her family. She is looking forward to taking advantage of the mountains and low humidity that Western Washington has to offer. She is a proud mother, military wife, and Navy veteran.

“I’m excited to join the team at NWMS. I want to make a difference by providing quality, compassionate care to patient and their families.” – Sarah

The NWMS Cancer Support Community Hosts Another Successful Multiple Myeloma Workshop


This week the NWMS Cancer Support Community team hosted another successful Multiple Myeloma Workshop!

During the workshop, Dr. Sibel Blau and Dr. Tony Blau presented updates regarding Multiple Myeloma as well as information about All4Cure. 

All4Cure brings together patients, clinicians and researchers in a common online platform. Patients share their medical information in the hope of receiving input from other participants (“all for one”), while allowing their experiences to benefit other patients (“one for all”). Their initial focus is on a form of blood cancer called Myeloma.

Learn more here!



Thank you to Abra, Eunice, Taylor, Caitlyn and Donna for their work on setting these educational workshops up for our patients! Don’t forget to check the events page of our website for upcoming workshops.

Welcome Tia Ramirez, ARNP!

Please join us in welcoming our new nurse practitioner Tia Ramirez, ARNP. We are so excited to add Tia’s expertise to our NWMS family!


Tia is a nurse practitioner nationally certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Tia has worked in oncology for the past 13 years. She recently moved to Washington from Arizona where she worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center specializing in Surgical Oncology since 2011. Tia moved to Washington for the cooler weather and to be able to enjoy the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family. She is married with two children.

“I am passionate about working in oncology and like to build strong/trusting relationships with my patients. My goal is to provide personalized care to each of my patients and to be there to support them through each step of their cancer journey. I am a strong advocate for my patients’ quality of life and am focused on the needs of not only my patients but also for the needs of their caregiver and family members.”


Airbnb Open Homes Program

Host people in need of critical care and respite.
Offer free, temporary housing to people who need a place to call home.

Many people need to travel for medical reasons, and too often the cost of temporary accommodations can be a major barrier to accessing life-saving treatment or critical respite during recovery. Having free, short-term housing can help ease a patient’s financial concerns, while giving them the hope and energy they need to overcome illness.
That’s where the Open Homes community comes in. Hosts can provide a free and welcoming space for people to heal.

How you’ll host:

Open Homes partners with nonprofits like Fisher House Foundation to help place patients near medical centers. During these stays, your role is to offer a comfortable space to stay while they or their loved one receives treatment at a nearby hospital.
Patients will be accompanied by their family or caregiver. They’ll also have a dedicated nonprofit coordinator who offers them support throughout their stay. These stays are usually 1 to 2 weeks.

Open Homes partners with nonprofits like Make-A-Wish to provide housing for critically ill children and their families who are granted a respite vacation. These trips can have a profound impact on their recovery. Your role will be to offer a welcoming space for the family to decompress and bond.
They’ll have a dedicated nonprofit coordinator who offers them support throughout their stay. These stays are usually 5 to 10 days.

Learn more:


NWMS Proudly Sponsors The Annual Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference

NWMS proudly sponsors the Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference and our team is there showing our support for the community!

The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference is an annual event to support and celebrate the community of cancer patients and survivors in the South Sound. Held every August on the beautiful University of Puget Sound campus, this event is presented by multiple community organizations and cancer care advocates. Thanks to the generous sponsors and exhibitors, this conference is free to all attendees! Breakout sessions throughout the day explore an array of topics supporting cancer fighters and survivors. Join us next year to hear speakers share their inspirational stories about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of their journey with all of those affected by cancer.


“On The Spot” Employee

Congratulations our June 2019 On the Spot Winner! 
Sarah V, Medical Assistant

Winning nomination-  
Sarah documents very well and saves the team time because we know what she did with the patient. Each team member can read her documentation and no one else is doing the work in addition to her. Amazing job!  
Also nominated for-  
Sarah is the BEST TEAM LEADER! She goes out of her way to lend a helping hand to everyone on the team. That includes Providers, MA’s, reception, triage and of course our patients. I can’t narrow it down to a specific example because she does this on a daily basis for everyone. She stays with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.  

NWMS Achieves 5th Highest Corporate Fundraiser Award For ACS Relay For Life


Thanks to all of your generosity we were able to exceed our goal for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, making us the 5th highest corporate fundraiser this year. This contribution will help so many people. It could provide 630 free rides to appointments or 315 free nights of lodging for cancer patients who need to travel for treatments. It could also help to fund a research grant to help find a new cancer treatment. Every dollar counts and really does make a difference. Thank you to those who were able to come out and show your support and for all the donations made to the raffle baskets, jean days, luncheons, bake sales, coffee carts and so much more. 
Relay for Life started right here in Tacoma with one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, doing what he could to help in the fight against cancer. 2019 marked the 35th anniversary of his first walk and the event is now being held in more than 30 countries. The Tacoma event alone raised a total of $457,416 in 2019. There is power in community and this shows what we can accomplish when we all work together toward a common goal.  
We are so grateful to be part of a company of individuals that really care about our patients and our community. Way to go NWMS! 
-NWMS Relay for Life Committee 

Airbnb Announced A Strategic Partnership With The Cancer Support Community

Airbnb announced a strategic partnership with the Cancer Support Community. Through this collaboration, the Airbnb community will provide free housing for cancer patients and caregivers, provided they meet certain geographic and income criteria. Airbnb made the announcement at an event in New York organized by the Biden Cancer Initiative and featuring Vice President Joe Biden.

Airbnb is providing grant funding that will help relieve the financial burden of patients and their families in finding housing when traveling for treatment.

As CSC CEO Kim Thiboldeaux said in an Airbnb press release announcing the program, this is a major development for cancer patients:

“The Cancer Support Community fields thousands of calls from individuals who are struggling to cover the cost of traveling for treatments, scans, clinical trials, and other medically necessary care. This grant from Airbnb is a game-changer for these patients and caregivers — and you can hear the relief and gratitude in their voices as they learn about the free housing from the Airbnb community.”


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“On The Spot” Employee

Congratulations to Amanda H, Medical Lab Technician

May 2019 On the Spot Winner

“Amanda showed great initiative and leadership by taking it upon herself to organize and cleaned the lab. She labeled all cabinets, shelves, etc….for appropriate supply placement. This will help manage the laboratory’s inventory of supplies and ensure that we only order what we need and don’t become overstocked on items that we don’t.”