Whidbey General Hospital

For New Patients

Welcome to the Cancer Program at Whidbey General. Your care and comfort are our greatest concern.

Renee Yanke, Medical Ambulatory Care manager

Renee Yanke, ARNP, MN,
AOCN, Oncology Advanced
Practice Nurse, leads the
Cancer Program at
Whidbey General.

Many things have changed since Whidbey General began treating cancer in 1979. Early diagnosis is more common, treatments are much improved and survival rates are higher. Yet a cancer diagnosis remains a life-changing event. At Whidbey General, we are committed to supporting you through this challenging time.

For your convenience, and to improve your experience at the Medical Ambulatory Care (MAC) clinic, you may wish to print and read or complete the following before your next visit:

Every new patient should know about our Patient Navigator Program, which will guide you through the health care system. The patient navigator will help you coordinate your care, access financial support, and even get to appointments on time. To learn more, contact Jackie Bruns, RN, at 360-321-7656, ext. 2669, or 360-678-7656, ext. 2669.

Family members and friends are encouraged to accompany you on appointments. Loved ones may stay with you during procedures such as chemotherapy or blood transfusions.

The MAC clinic offers a comfortable, nurturing environment. Enjoy a respite outdoors in our peaceful garden under a covered area or take some time for meditation and reflection in our quiet room. Music therapists provide relaxing songs and sounds for your comfort and healing. Internet access is available for your convenience.

This is no doubt a challenging time for you, but you have placed your care in good hands. We will support you on every step of this journey with the excellence and compassion you deserve.

For directions to the MAC clinic at Whidbey General, please visit Find Us/Contact Us.

Stay with loved ones during treatment
Loved ones often stay with patients during chemotherapy, either inside the
clinic or outdoors in our garden.


Outstanding Quality


Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— That includes the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Care Program.

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