From left, Bill Littlejohn, Cancer Center Expansion chair; Anthony Aceto, branch manager, First Federal Sequim Village Branch; Christy Rookard, Western Regional manager, First Federal;Karen McCormick, executive director, First Federal Community Foundation; Mikel Townsley, patient navigator; Dawnya Scarano, Director of Retail Banking, First Federal; Jeff Davis, chiefoperations officer, First Federal; Jennifer Benson; and Bruce Skinner, executive director, Olympic Medical Center Foundation. (First Federal Bank)

From left, Bill Littlejohn, Cancer Center Expansion chair; Anthony Aceto, branch manager, First Federal Sequim Village Branch; Christy Rookard, Western Regional manager, First Federal;Karen McCormick, executive director, First Federal Community Foundation; Mikel Townsley, patient navigator; Dawnya Scarano, Director of Retail Banking, First Federal; Jeff Davis, chiefoperations officer, First Federal; Jennifer Benson; and Bruce Skinner, executive director, Olympic Medical Center Foundation. (First Federal Bank)

Foundation gives for cancer care

PORT ANGELES — First Federal Community Foundation presented a check for $25,000 to the Olympic Medical Center (OMC) Foundation for the expansion of OMC’s Sequim Cancer Care Center.

Community need

“The Cancer Care Center in Sequim is a vital component of OMC’s health care initiative, and a badly needed one,” said foundation executive director Karen McCormick said in a news release.

“Our community has outgrown the current facility, and we believe this expansion will ensure that we have top-quality care, right here at home, when it is needed the most,” McCormick said.

Patient increase

The center began operating in 2002, and within its first five years had 2,800 patient visits, according to the release.

By 2016 that number had increased to 8,100 patient visits — an increase of more than 157 percent, according to the release.

With this award, First Federal Bank and the community foundation have contributed a total of $150,000 toward the capital campaign for the center’s expansion.

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