Say hello to our new Physician’s Assistant Susan Jouflas!

Susan works primarily out of our Puyallup clinic, but you
might catch a glimpse of her from time to time at our Bonney Lake or Enumclaw locations too. She assists our physicians by partnering with patients, serving as both a resource and comfort during their diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Prior to joining the Rainier team, Susan worked for Franciscan’s
Palliative Care as a Physician’s Assistant, servicing the greater Enumclaw and Bonney Lake area.

She is board certified and received her degree from the University of Washington where she periodically is a guest lecturer for their Physician’s Assistant program. She has worked on multiple international medical relief efforts; including to Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

Please welcome Susan to our cancer fighting team at Rainier Hematology-Oncology!!

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Smiles galore at recent Open House and BBQ

We want to thank the over 300 patients, friends and family who attending Sunday’s Open House & BBQ at our new location. Weather was perfect as physicians, staff and patients mingled and enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared and served by The Vault Catering Company while listening to the music of guitarist James Hunnicutt.

Congratulations to Joseph Minor whose name was drawn as the
lucky winner in the raffle for the basket that includes items donated from
Starbucks, Watsons Greenhouse and Nursery, The Ram, Your Health Inc and NWMS.

See you next summer!

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Patient Open House & BBQ – August 19th

Please help us celebrate by attending our upcoming Open House and BBQ!

WHEN: Sunday August 19, 2012 from 1 – 5 pm
WHERE: Our new location:

2920 South Meridian, Suite 100
Puyallup, WA 98373

Barbeque Luncheon by The Vault Catering Company
New Building Tours
Raffle Giveaway

So please mark your calendars and RSVP by calling (253) 428-8797.
See you there!


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Rainier Hematology-Oncology starts seeing patients at its new Puyallup location beginning June 25th

Starting Monday, June 25th  Rainier Hematology-Oncology will begin practicing out of its new Puyallup location at 2920 South Meridian, Suite 100.

For our current patients, please be watching for a letter that includes an appointment card with the date and time of your next appointment and directions to our new location.

To help you prepare, below is the new address and  driving directions to our new location:

Rainier Hematology-Oncology
2920 South Meridian, Suite 100
Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 841-4296

Driving Directions from Current Location to New Location:

  • Start out going west on 15th Ave SE toward South  Meridian
  • Go straight through 1st round about
  • Turn left onto South Meridian
  • 2920 South Meridian is on the right

Our telephone number remains the same, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at (253) 841-4296. Our staff is ready to assist you in any way during this transition.


Sibel Blau, MD
Andrea Rose, MD
Robert McCroskey, MD
Ronald Goldberg, MD

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Dr. Blau featured in article highlighting NWMS Research Award

Since announcing our ASCO 2012 Clinical Trial Participation Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), numerous media sources have covered the story. In a Puyallup Herald front page story,  Rainier Hematology-Oncology Physician Dr. Blau was quoted. Below is a link to this article, plus additional media coverage:

Puyallup Herald
Click here to read Puyallup Herald’s NWMS ASCO Article

Peninsula Gateway
Click here to read Peninsula Gateway’s NWMS ASCO Article

Business Examiner
Click here to read Business Examiner’s NWMS ASCO Article

As new coverage emerges we will keep you posted.  The 2012 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award will be presented to representatives of NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology at ASCO’s 48th Annual Meeting in Chicago, taking place June 1-5, 2012.

Thank you to all our dedicated staff for making this honor possible. Another example of Rainier Hematology-Oncology making a difference in the community.

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ASCO Research Award Presented to NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a non-profit organization of nearly 30,000 oncology practitioners announced Tuesday, April 24th that Northwest Medical Specialties in partnership with Rainier Hematology-Oncology has won the prestigious ASCO 2012 Clinical Trial Participation Award. The award recognizes the important contribution to cancer research NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology has made in our community. NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology is one of only six community oncology practices in the country recognized for their work in improving cancer care through high-quality clinical trials programs.

Support for clinical trials, as the basis for improved cancer care, is a core value of ASCO and NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology. It is at the heart of our organizations efforts to provide state of the art treatment to our patients. ASCO’s hope is this award is an important step toward improving awareness among other community-based oncology practices across the nation about the value of incorporating clinical trials into their practices. Another goal of the award will be to raise awareness of cancer research in our community.

The 2012 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award will be presented to representatives of NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology at ASCO’s 48th Annual Meeting in Chicago, taking place June 1-5, 2012.

To learn more about ASCO and read their award announcement, please visit the ASCO website.

Click the link below to read the press release issued by NWMS/Rainier Hematology-Oncology.

4-25-2012 ASCO Presents NWMS Research Award


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Dr. Blau Featured Speaker at Cancer Survivor Conference

Rainier Hematology-Oncology and Northwest Medical Specialties were well represented at the recent Pierce County Cancer Survivor Conference held March 13th at the University of Puget Sound campus. Once a year local organizations come together during this free event to provide educational and inspiration programming for cancer survivors and caregivers in our community.

The daylong event included Rainier Hematology-Oncology physician Dr. Sibel Blau who spoke on managing the long-term effects of cancer treatment. In the two-part session, Dr. Blau covered the consequences of chemotherapy with special emphasis on chemo brain and neuropathy. She discussed their cause and the different approaches towards healing. Survivors also learned what to expect after treatment including the frequency of testing,
doctor visits, blood work and pain management. Download a copy of Dr. Blau’s presentation: Survivor Conference 2012

Mary Senecal, NWMS Oncology Nurse and ACSM certified personal trainer, was also featured as she lead a “hands on” session that taught the basics of strength training to help assist in the recovery of cancer patients. She emphasized that everyone can become stronger, they need to just start small and work their way up.

Rounding out the event was the NWMS informational booth that offered the nearly 400 attendees material highlighting our family of services, along with helpful resources  and giveaways to help make their journey towards optimal health a little bit easier.

Another example of Rainier Hematology-Oncology and NWMS making a difference in our

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Rainier back to regular schedule after last week’s snow storm

With the snow finally melting, Rainier Hematology-Oncology is happy to be back to
its normal schedule. A big thank you to all our patients that were impacted as we had to adjusted our schedule to accommodate the changing weather conditions.

If you were affected, one of our representatives should have contacted you
about rescheduling.  If you still need to reschedule, please contact us at
your earliest convenience.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during the recent snow storm. We
appreciated the opportunity to serve you and hope that you stayed warm and dry during our 2012 snow storm!

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Rainier Clinic Open Today (January 20th)

Rainier Hematology-Oncology is open today (Friday, January 20th)  and running with limited staff due to the inclement weather. Any questions or concerns please call us. Thank you and please drive safely!

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We at Rainier Hematology/Oncology strive to continually improve our patient care. When a patient enters our clinic they can expect cutting-edge medical treatment delivered in a kind and compassionate setting. Over the years we have gained the reputation of treating our patients like family and wish you and your family a wonderful 2012.

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