Washington's Cancer Center Medical Director Leaving

A woman listed as one of the best doctors in the state is getting ready to leave it.

Dr. Jennie Crews is the medical director of the Marion L. Shepard Cancer Center in Washington. She has announced she's accepted a job in Washington State. Dr. Crews will be leaving at the end of the month for the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Washington.

Crews has been with the hospital in Washington since 1998. Her biography says she was named to the 2009 Business NC Magazine's Best Doctors list.

Pam Shadle, Manager of Marketing, Public Relations at Beaufort Hospital says University Health Systems remains committed to the cancer program in Washington, and officials are already working on recruiting a new medical director.

Meanwhile, the cancer center is planing to expand. An architect is working on drawings, and the plans are expected in the next few months.


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  • by So Sad on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    So sorry that this wonderful Doctor is leaving Beaufort County. Dr. Crews is one in a million. We all are thankful for all the hard work that she put into her practice. From a small area on the fourth floor of the hospital, to the free standing office it is now. Hard work and dedication, a true gift to the people of our county and surrounding counties. Washington State is getting the very best. We are truly loosing a gem. A heartfelt thank you Dr. Crews for all that you do and have done for countless patients and our area.
  • by Daughter of cancer patient on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    Dr. Crews took care of my father during his fight with cancer. She is a wonderful dr and person. We are truly going to miss her and her husband. The hospital she is going to have truly gotten a gem!
  • by Very Sad on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Dr. Crews can't be replaced. She is one of a kind. Beaufort County has truly lost the most caring physician there has ever been. She has a truly been a Godsend for this area. I as well as others have had the best care and treatment available anywhere in the US, here in Beaufort County. What a sad day this is for our area. I do wish her well in Washington State. I as well will travel the distance if need be. She and the staff at MSCC have made that center stand head and shoulders above the rest. Our loss is Washington States gain, in a large way.
  • by patient's family on Jan 4, 2012 at 07:49 AM
    We are so appreciative that we've had Dr. Crews here this long! She is an amazing physician with the best people skills I have ever encountered! We wish her the best and know her hard work has made a lasting impact on cancer care in our area.
  • by very sad patient on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    i am saddened that my wonderful doctor will be heading to the West Coast, but i fully support her decision. However, i am scared that a new doctor will not live up to my hopes & expectations. if necessary i will head West on occasion to continue to receive Dr. Crews's care. the current doctors and staff of Shepherd Cancer center are incredible people, but i do not believe Dr. Crews can truly be "replaced". i wish her well in her new endeavor though it breaks my heart, but i will go to Washington State if i have to for her continued care. to let Dr. Crews leave Washington is a tragic loss for this community and this hospital in particular. we can *NOT* replace her! : (
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    The new doctor will be excellent! The staff shall remain excellent and the new doctor probably won't have the same control. Good Luck, doc. I hope you are allowed to run the show where you go.
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      by Sure on Jan 5, 2012 at 03:05 PM in reply to
      Sure the staff will remain excellent. We have no idea what kind of Doctor will come in. It is a roll of the dice. Sort of like playing craps. We all wonder how many more Doctors will leave Beaufort County. We as a community can't afford to loose another one.
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        by very sad patient on Jan 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM in reply to Sure
        amen to that!
  • by Patient Family on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    Dr Crews has built a wonderful cancer center with caring staff. She leaves a legacy behind. Washington was blessed to have her. She treated not just cancer but the patient. She will be greatly missed.
  • by John Location: Washington on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:50 AM
    My late wife Nancy died 12/23/2003 from colon cancer. Dr. Crews helped her tremendously with the sickness. I am convinced that Dr. Crews provide the best care available. Dr. Crews took the time to come to the home to speak with Nancy toward the end. Thank you Dr. Crews for all you did to help Nancy and many others cope and deal with such a dreaded illness. You will be missed by the people of North Carolina.
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