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 Social Worker is responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource needs assessment, identification and navigation) to adult patients and families. Collaborates with SCCA partner institutions as well as public and community based social services and behavioral health providers to ensure continuity of care across systems. Uses clinical judgment and problem solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social, developmental and tangible resource issues. Facilitates identification, referrals and linkage to internal and community resources. Assists and advocates for patients with concrete needs. Strives to achieve the highest in patient (customer) satisfaction. Supports the mission of SCCA and its affiliates. Provides consultation to staff at SCCA and to community resources as needed.
This new position will specifically support the Sickle Cell program at SCCA, with a predominant focus upon ongoing assessment of tangible needs and support in linking patients and families to public and community-based resources in support of positive treatment outcomes. S/he will also provide clinical SW support to patients and families, as well as program staff. The SW1 will team with other SW staff, as well as Clinical Patient Navigators who address practical needs of patients in a subset of other SCCA clinics, and may provide backfill for absent colleagues as needed.
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.