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Supporting the Great American Smokeout

November 13, 2015
The Alliance for Cancer Care is a collaboration of Providence Health & Services, Kootenai Health and Cancer Care Northwest.

Media Contact:

  • Providence Health Care
    Elizabeth DeRuyter
    (509) 474-3081
    Email Providence Public Relations
  • Kootenai Health
    Kim Anderson
    (208) 625-5305
  • Cancer Care Northwest
    Chelsea Newman
    (509) 228-1094

The Alliance for Cancer Care endorses the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout®

Spokane, WA—Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US. Even so, about 42 million Americans, nearly one out of five adults, still smoke cigarettes. That’s why members of The Alliance for Cancer Care are encouraging smokers in the Inland Northwest to call it quits.

Each year the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to kick the habit during their Great American Smokeout event. This year, the alliance members—Providence Health Care, Kootenai Health and Cancer Care Northwest—are joining them in encouraging smokers to quit on Thursday, November 19.

“We’re glad to support the American Cancer Society in their annual Great American Smokeout,” said Warren Benincosa, CEO of Cancer Care Northwest. “As partners in the fight against cancer, The Alliance for Cancer Care members jointly support initiatives that foster healthy living, tobacco prevention included.”

The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to take part in the Great American Smokeout event on the third Thursday of November each year. That can include making a plan to quit or planning in advance to stop smoking that day. By quitting—even for one day—smokers can take an important step toward a healthier life with a reduced risk of cancer.

The Alliance for Cancer Care’s collaborating members work together to provide integrated, comprehensive care for cancer patients in the Inland Northwest. For more information on The Alliance for Cancer Care, and its member organizations, call (509) 228-1000 or go to AllianceForCancerCare.org.

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About Cancer Care Northwest

Cancer Care Northwest is a physician-owned oncology practice that has operated in Spokane for over 40 years. It is comprised of 31 physicians, and a robust team of midlevel providers, specializing in medical, surgical, radiation and gynecologic oncology, along with a complete health care team. As one of only a handful of fully integrated cancer clinics in the US, Cancer Care Northwest offers comprehensive cancer care encompassing physician services, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, diagnostic imaging and access to coordinated support teams, including registered dietitians and social services. Currently, Cancer Care Northwest operates eight clinics throughout Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington, as well as seven outreach clinics. For more information, visit CancerCareNorthwest.com.

About Kootenai Health

Kootenai Health provides a comprehensive range of medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the Inland Northwest. Kootenai Health’s main campus is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and includes a 254-bed community-owned hospital. Kootenai is accredited by DNV, holds the Magnet Designation for nursing excellence, and is a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network. It has been recognized among large employers as the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, and it is regularly recognized by Cleverly and Associates for providing value to its community. Kootenai is regionally known for its programs in cardiac care, oncology, women’s and children’s services and behavioral health. Kootenai Clinic is comprised of more than 100 physicians providing primary and specialty care in practice locations across the region. More information is available online at KH.org.

About Providence Health Care

Providence Health Care is the Eastern Washington region of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In Eastern Washington, the Providence Health Care network of services includes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital and Providence Holy Family Hospital– nationally recognized for quality care, as well as two critical access hospitals in Colville and Chewelah. Adding to a full continuum of services are Providence Medical Park in Spokane Valley (a comprehensive multi-specialty center), three urgent care centers, home health, assisted living, adult day health and skilled nursing care. Providence Medical Group of Eastern Washington includes more than 700 physicians and advanced practitioners. Its medical staff includes primary care providers, surgical subspecialists and medical specialists. For more information, visit PHC.org.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress,14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.