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AR Cancer Center Story

breaking-ground-in-a-big-wayAt Columbia Memorial Hospital we know people continually change and medicine continually advances to meet their needs. That’s why we never stop growing. We never stop encouraging innovation. We never stop asking “why not?” And we never stop striving to be better. So, while there is much to be proud of, there is still much to do. We believe the next most important step is an innovative cancer treatment center designed to provide state-of-the-art care for cancer patients that focuses on convenience, timeliness, compassion and friendship.
We believe that treatment must embrace the whole person—not just the body. The time has come to extend that belief to some of our most vulnerable patients—those facing cancer. Our legacy requires it. Our compassion demands it.
To that end, Columbia Memorial Hospital and Oregon Health Sciences University are expanding their successful partnership to include providing advanced cancer care on the Pacific Coast. This partnership makes possible the most up-to-date medical and radiation treatments available. Under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Lycette, OHSU and Columbia Memorial Hospital are focusing on placing patients and medical experts at the heart of the care provided. Thus the Center is being designed with two specific goals: support highly advanced treatment in an environment that embraces the patient and family members. The new 18,000 square foot Center will be bring together medical, radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery—the most advanced treatments currently available. Through the addition of radiation therapy, physicians will be able to determine the exact position of a tumor with incredible precision—at the moment of treatment. This will also allow the physician to treat very small lesions and tumors while avoiding or minimizing any damage to healthy tissue. For patients, this means reduced treatment times and side effects.
team-effort-breaks-new-groundFurther, all critical supportive services will be available to patients including an onsite pharmacy, a laboratory, massage therapy, nutritional and dietary services and educational resources second to none.
The free-standing center will not be a sterile environment where your body is treated as somehow separate from your mind and spirit.
Your team will include radiologists, pathologists, surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists working side-by-side with counselors, nurses, navigators, nutritionists, massage therapists, and countless others dedicated to YOU. All in a setting as superb as your caregivers.
It’s a difference you will feel the moment you enter. You’ll immediately sense that this place is for you and your family. This place is about peace of mind. This is a place where every detail has been carefully considered to ensure comfort, compassion and exceptional care in an atmosphere that clearly states you are not alone.


With the help of Ocean Crest Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) is reducing its carbon footprint.
Ocean Crest donated a 2016 Chevrolet Volt to the hospital. The hybrid passenger car will primarily be used by the hospital as a courier vehicle to go between the main hospital campus and CMH Primary Care and Urgent Care in Warrenton. The hospital estimates that the new Volt will offset about 10,400 gas-powered miles per year.
“The Chevy Volt is a green vehicle which uses much less fossil fuel than a comparable gas vehicle.  I feel this car will compliment the hospital’s and our commitment to a cleaner environment,” Chris Hayward, President of Ocean Crest.
“We are grateful to Ocean Crest and Chris Hayward for the generous donation of the Volt,” said the hospital’s CEO Erik Thorsen. “CMH is always looking for ways to improve our community’s health. Thanks to this donation, the hospital will be reducing its gasoline use, reducing emissions, and saving money that can go into other community benefits.”
The Volt is powered by an electric motor. When the battery charge runs down a small gas engine kicks in to generate electricity to power the motors until the vehicle reaches a charging station, extending the range capabilities of the Volt. The Volt is capable of going 53 miles all electric.
“We’re proud to donate this Chevrolet Volt to the hospital to assist them in providing quality healthcare to residents of the North Coast” said Chris Hayward, President of Ocean Crest. “We wanted to contribute to the hospital in a big way to pay back the community for the support we enjoy locally.”
This is just one example of the many ways the Hayward family and Ocean Crest continue to give back. Ocean Crest is located in Warrenton and has been owned and operated by the Hayward family since 1997.

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