Letter to the Safety Valve:
I was very pleased to read Karen Allen's recent letter to the Safety Valve (May 16,2012) titled Medical Research Needs Support. I am in full agreement with her that we should all support medical research.
I am the Director of Oncology Research at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center (WVMC). We have a team of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and administrators that are committed to advancing medicine while at the same time bringing the most current therapies to patients in North Central Washington.
Our Oncology Research Mission Statement states:
- WVMC strives through our Oncology Research Program to provide patients in our community access to the most novel and scientifically promising treatments being developed against cancer.
Our Core Values are:
Community: We strive to consistently deliver high-quality, comprehensive cancer care in a community setting
Caring: we are committed to a steadfast focus on patient safety with compassionate care for the whole patient
Value: we employ scientifically sound drug development and clinical trial design that leads to the highest opportunity for patient benefit
Innovation: we are dedicated to developing and improving clinical trial implementation, seeking new ways to advance and bring innovative ideas to reality in a rural community
Collaboration: we engage in partnerships with like-minded organizations to help us reach our common goals.
Our relationship with our friends and neighbors is what drives us.
I am pleased with Karen's letter….but I am most pleased that she is winning her battle against cancer!
Mitch Garrison, MD