Cancer facility gets grant
Foundation gives $200,000 to center that will provide radiation therapy. The Meadows Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Saving Lives Close to Home capital campaign for a regional cancer care medical center that will bring radiation oncology to a nine-county region for the first time and expand medical specialty services locally.
The Meadows Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Saving Lives Close to Home capital campaign for a regional cancer care medical center that will bring radiation oncology to a nine-county region for the first time and expand medical specialty services locally.
The campaign has now raised over $4,570,000 through private donations, corporate donations and grants.
The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country that was established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The foundation’s mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.
The $5 million campaign was launched in June 2008 when former Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and Janey Briscoe Marmion gave the campaign’s lead gift of $1.2 million in memory of the Briscoe’s granddaughter and Janey and Jim Marmion’s daughter, Kate, for whom the new center will be named.
The board members of Uvalde Memorial Hospital joined the Briscoe family in demonstrating their belief in the project by committing an unrestricted gift of $1.2-million given to the hospital in late 2007 by the Archie Jones estate. Other donations include a $500,000 challenge gift by The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. To receive the Mabee challenge gift, the campaign fundraising goal must be met by December 31.
“We are so pleased to have received the support of The Meadows Foundation, as well as the Mabee Foundation, and to be at 91 percent of our $5-million goal,” said campaign co-chair, Roger Berry.
“We are honored to be awarded these grants, most recently from The Meadows Foundation – that gift puts us that much closer to our goal,” said co-chair Dr. John Shudde. “We are working hard to complete the fundraising so we can start building and offer radiation therapy locally.”
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported this project and ask those who have yet to make a gift to please consider doing so now so we can bring this campaign home,” said Berry. “Every level of giving is welcomed and necessary to raise the remaining money.”
The campaign is aptly named Saving Lives Close to Home because it will build a 20,000-square-foot Regional Cancer Care Medical Center to provide radiation therapy for cancer patients and assist in recruiting primary and secondary physicians. The center will be located on four acres of Memorial Hospital donated by the late Joseph Puccini.
The centerpiece of the project is to bring aggressive, state-of-the art cancer care to the region. Radiation therapy is often used in conjunction with chemotherapy to effectively and aggressively treat cancer. Radiation oncology involves daily treatments for an extended period of time. Often patients endure 30 to 45 days of consecutive treatment with breaks only during weekends. Unfortunately, today radiation oncology is not available anywhere west of San Antonio and patients and the loved ones of patients must make daily travel arrangements to San Antonio, or even Houston, to seek treatment.
The additional medical office building will establish a regional center for comprehensive care, expanding the number and types of medical specialists in our service region in the fields of orthopedics, cardiology, surgery and primary care. The new facility will be an important tool in the hospital’s physician recruitment efforts by providing first-class medical facilities on the same campus as the hospital. In the highly competitive environment for medical specialists, providing modern and functional medical space is imperative to attract top physicians.
The new Center will serve patients of Uvalde, Real, Zavala, Edwards, Medina, Maverick, Val Verde, Dimmit and Kinney counties.
All donations to the campaign are tax deductible because Uvalde Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community hospital. For more information or to support the Saving Lives Close to Home campaign, contact Sheri Rutledge at 830278-6251 ext. 1616 or visit the hospital’s Web site at www.umhtx.org. Donations may be mailed to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801.