The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Respiratory Care Practitioner works under the direction of the department medical director to conduct diagnostic evaluations of normal and abnormal pulmonary conditions by administering a variety of tests to patients (spirometry lung volumes, blood gas draw, exercise testing). The incumbent has knowledge of and follows guidelines for the standardization of spirometry equipment and performance as established by the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Other responsibilities include performing computer data entry, patient scheduling, administration of bronchodilators, and assisting/performing equipment calibration, quality control checks and supply ordering and inventory. The practitioner maintains adherence to appropriate billing and compliance issues.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.