Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s Imagine a Cure Campaign for Cancer Services Raises Nearly $1 Million
New da Vinci Robot, Enhanced Cancer Services Benefit Patients
Middletown, Ohio, October 25, 2011: Thanks to the generosity of more than 550 donors throughout southwest Ohio, Atrium Medical Center Foundation has raised nearly $1 million to expand and enhance cancer care at Atrium Medical Center. Imagine a Cure campaign results to date were announced October 24, 2011.
“In the effort to take cancer care at Atrium Medical Center to the next level, we are so proud of the way everyone came together to meet such an ambitious goal,” notes Middletown resident Pat Piccioni, who served as the Imagine a Cure co-chair with his wife, Karen. “We thank all of our generous donors, as well as the more than 75 volunteers who kept the campaign running and gave so much so much time and expertise over the past two years.”
Imagine a Cure funds are enhancing virtually every aspect of cancer care at Atrium. The new da Vinci® SI HD Surgical System enables patients to get back to their lives after surgery faster than ever before. The Foundation committed to raising the final payment of $500,000 of the robot’s nearly $2 million total cost, allowing this groundbreaking technology to go into operation sooner. Used to treat many types of cancer and other medical conditions, robotic-assisted surgery has been a popular choice with patients since it was introduced at Atrium last year.
In addition to helping to purchase advanced technology like the surgical robot, Imagine a Cure funds are increasing the number of chemotherapy infusion rooms, especially for very sick patients; expanding comfort care for cancer patients and their loved ones with additional recliners, music, movies and hospitality stations; providing additional assistance for patients to effectively coordinate care from all of their specialists; expanding clinical trials and research; providing for the needs of indigent patients who have cancer; and establishing endowments to ensure advanced cancer care for generations to come.
Atrium’s employees were campaign pacesetters, raising $25,000 to expand comfort care for patients with cancer and their loved ones. Atrium Auxiliary Middletown made a lead gift of nearly $143,000 to support purchase of the da Vinci robot and additional equipment for it, as well as to furnish a patient room. Other major donors include Cohen Brothers, Inc., and the Cohen Family; Sarah and Gary Kaup; Akers Packaging Service, Inc.; Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee; Piccioni Family Foundation; and Wausau Paper.
The When You Wish Upon a Star celebration on May 22, 2010, raised more than a net of $120,000 to help fund the da Vinci robot. Pat and John Dupps co-chaired the event. Baker Concrete Construction was the presenting sponsor and Chase and Freund, Freeze & Arnold were galaxy sponsors.
The need to support excellent cancer care in our region continues. To learn more—or to make a gift—contact Atrium Medical Center Foundation at 513-420-5144 or Foundation@AtriumMedCenter.org, or visit www.AtriumMedCenter.org/foundation.