Sequim cancer center expansion to be part of two-year strategic plan for Olympic Medical Center

The plan is to expand medical oncology from five exam rooms to 15; expand chemotherapy, the pharmacy and support services; and add meeting areas, the CEO said.

PORT ANGELES — Olympic Medical Center is proposing to expand its Sequim cancer center in 2017 or 2018, CEO Eric Lewis told the OMC board of commissioners.

The proposal will be part of OMC’s 2017-19 strategic plan, which is currently being drafted. The plan is to expand medical oncology from five exam rooms to 15; expand chemotherapy, the pharmacy and support services; and add meeting areas.

The proposed expansion would be an 11,000-square-foot increase to the south, he said.

“It will really set up the cancer center to meet the community’s needs” for more than a decade, he said during the hospital board meeting Wednesday.

That expansion is one of several proposed goals for 2017. Lewis said there are plans to finalize parking and remodeling of the Port Angeles campus as well.

Crews are still working on OMC’s new office building, with work expected to be finished in December, he said. The $16.2 million project, built by Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC of Everett, will include examination rooms, doctors’ offices, laboratories and primary-care and urgent-care clinics.

The Port Angeles walk-in clinic is expected to open in January.

Among the proposed goals for the strategic plan is continued recruitment, retention and development of physicians and other health care professionals.

Lewis said this year, the hospital has hired 17 new providers and nine new positions and filled eight vacated positions. Twelve others have been signed on to start working in December, he said.

“This is really going to help us going into 2017,” he said. The hospital is now meeting with staff for input on what should be included in the strategic plan.

A draft will be available for community input at www.olympicmedical.org from Nov. 3-13 and should go in front of the board for approval Nov. 16.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at jmajor@peninsula dailynews.com.

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