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Oncology clinic planned for 72nd and Dartmouth in Tigard

UPDATE: Planning Commission considering concept plan for cancer center; Compass Oncology hoping for 2018 opening.

This story has been updated from its original version.

COURTESY OF COMPASS ONCOLOGY - An artist's rendering shows what the front entrance of Compass Oncology's Tigard cancer center is planned to look like when it opens for business in 2018.A “comprehensive” oncology clinic will open near the intersection of Southwest 72nd Avenue and Dartmouth Street in Tigard in 2018, according to the practice president.

Dr. Lucy Langer, a general oncologist with Compass Oncology in the Portland area, said her practice is building the clinic to provide a Westside location comparable to its existing centers in Portland's Rose Quarter and Vancouver, Wash.

Compass Oncology currently operates at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin and near Providence St. Vincent Medical Center just north of Beaverton, among other locations.

“If you think about the flow of traffic, right, and we look at our catchment area for both this office and the Tualatin office, Tigard seems like a really nice sort of middle ground, easy to get to,” Langer said, sitting in her Southwest Barnes Road office. “We really like the community of Tigard. We feel like it's going to be a place that people like to come to.”

Community development staff with the city of Tigard said the Tigard Planning Commission must approve the concept plan for the Compass Oncology clinic before construction moves forward. A public hearing on the matter last week will resume Nov. 14.

Staff have recommended approval, said Gary Pagenstecher, an associate city planner.

The clinic would be 36,000 square feet in size and about 80 staff members will work there, including 12 doctors, Langer said. It has not yet been decided if the smaller offices will be consolidated into that location, she told The Times.

Langer listed some of the services that the Tigard clinic is expected to provide, including breast surgery, genetic testing, nutrition services, palliative care, social work and more, including various types of oncology.

“I think the main thing about this cancer center that's really going to set it apart from others in the community is that our only focus is to treat cancer,” Langer said. “That's all that Compass Oncology does. … It's going to give the city of Tigard really a fully comprehensive cancer solution, which I think is so important for patient care.”

Landscaping at the clinic will be done in such a way as to create an attractive space while protecting existing wetlands, according to Langer.

Construction is set to begin next spring, provided the city grants the requisite land-use approvals. Langer said the clinic should be open for business by May 2018.

COURTESY OF COMPASS ONCOLOGY - People walk past Compass Oncology in Tigard in an artist's rendering. The clinic is planned to have landscaping that will be harmonious with existing wetlands, according to practice President Lucy Langer.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information from Tigard city staff and to note that the city of Tigard has not yet granted land use approvals needed for the project to move forward.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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