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 Clinical Laboratories at SCCA are dedicated to being an integral part of the realization of the quality vision and values of the organization. The laboratories are committed to performing high quality work in order to provide accurate and timely information to aid clinicians in diagnosis and treatment of patients. Laboratory quality is maintained by collection and evaluation of data that supports managerial decisions.
The Quality Lead Technologist (QLT) is an integral member of the Clinical Laboratory Team with two primary roles: Collaborating with and supporting the QA Manager of Clinical Labs with all Quality Associated Duties, as well as supported management of the SCCA POCT Program.
The QLT under the management of the QA Manager, Clinical Laboratories will work in close collaboration with the Clinical Lab Medical Director and the Associate Director, Clinical Laboratories. The Quality/Regulatory role provides oversight and guidance for the Quality Management Program, including quality improvement and quality assurance for SCCA Clinical Laboratories: Alliance Laboratory (including Transfusion Support Services), Point of Care Testing, Clinical Immunogenetics, Cytogenetics, Pathology, Pharmacokinetics, SCCA at Evergreen Lab, the diagnostic testing section of the Cellular Therapy Laboratory, and other SCCA locations where specimen collection and testing may occur.
All POCT and associated Quality Processes are the responsibility of the Quality Lead Technologist under the direction of the QA Manager, Clinical Labs. Program provides oversight of all testing performed at the points of patient care throughout the SCCA Clinic. The program is overseen and run by the Lab Quality Department. Testing includes all testing completed at the bed side during patient care. Testing personnel include nurses, physicians, MAs and other clinical care providers.
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.