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St. Charles Cancer Center tops fund-raising goal

Published On: Aug 14 2014 03:38:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 14 2014 03:40:07 PM CDT

NewsChannel 21's Femi Abebefe toured the new St. Charles Cancer Center set to open Tuesday.

BEND, Ore. -

After two years of fundraising, the St. Charles Foundation has exceeded its $5.7 million campaign goal to help fund the construction of an integrated cancer center in Bend.

Foundation representatives will present a check to St. Charles Health System’s board chair, Tom Sayeg, at the cancer center grand opening celebration Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

“The campaign has received broad community support with more than 480 individuals, several foundations and numerous businesses making donations,” said Lisa Dobey, executive director of the St. Charles Foundation. “In addition, we received 100 percent participation by the boards at St. Charles Foundation and St. Charles Health System.”

Les Schwab Tire Centers and the Les Schwab family made a lead gift of $1 million. In recognition of that gift, St. Charles named the Les Schwab Medical Oncology Wing in honor of Margaret Schwab Denton. This gift was followed by $500,000 and $50,000 gifts from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund.

The foundation also received an unrestricted estate gift and designated a portion of that gift to the campaign, creating the John D. Picchetti Radiation Oncology Wing.

“We were all in this together,” said Todd Taylor, co-chair of the fundraising campaign. “Whether you gave $25, $250 or $25,000, every single dollar contributed to our common goal.”

Designed as a full-service facility, services at the cancer center will range from screening, diagnosis and treatment (including radiation and chemotherapy) to follow-up care and survivor services. St. Charles’ cancer services continue to be a leader in health care in outcomes and survival rates for people with cancer.

St. Charles Foundation will continue to seek donations to build a Patient Care Endowment to provide programs and services such as massage, Reiki, acupuncture and nutrition counseling. Practical support including gas cards, food vouchers and scholarships for child care would also be funded. 

“This new center is an investment in treating and caring for our patients,” said Dr. Linyee Chang, the cancer center’s medical director and co-chair of the campaign. “This is a wonderful day for our community and for our patients who rely on the world-class cancer care we provide.”

The total cost of the integrated cancer center is $12.9 million, and is being funded by a combination of private philanthropy, St. Charles’ capital funds and debt financing.

“We are extremely proud of this new cancer center but we always remember that buildings are merely concrete, glass and rebar,” Dobey said. “It takes the best caregivers and programs to bring the building to life.”

About St. Charles Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of St. Charles Health System, the Foundation works to support and improve health care in Central and Eastern Oregon. Private donations raised by the Foundation allow St. Charles to build new medical facilities, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, keep pace with the latest technological advances and deliver exceptional patient care in a healing environment. The Foundation does more than just raise money for bricks and mortar. The organization also raises money to support many programs that benefit low-income and uninsured patients.

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