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It’s more than just a new building

Trinity’s new Cancer Center will be a major asset for the community

August 7, 2011
Messenger News

Trinity Regional Medical Center is taking on an important community project - building a new Cancer Center to increase the medical treatment and care it offers. The Every Option, Every Hope capital campaign to build a comprehensive Cancer Center will make this project possible.

Bringing comprehensive cancer care to Trinity has not been an easy task, but we have persevered because it is the right thing to do - our commitment to bring quality health care to the people of Fort Dodge and our region is always our No. 1 priority and it is one of the reasons why we agreed to serve as co-chairs for this campaign.

According to the American Cancer Society, one of every three women living in the U.S. today will develop an invasive cancer during her lifetime. For men, the risk of invasive cancer increases to one in two. In the eight-county area served by Trinity, six of the eight counties have a cancer incidence rate 4.9 percent higher than the Iowa norm.

In response to this need, Trinity Regional Medical Center is building a new Cancer Center. The total project cost is $8.5 million. Trinity Health Foundation will provide $5 million through fundraising efforts. The foundation began its campaign in the fall of 2010 with the Trinity and Trimark employee campaign because employees care for patients on a daily basis and see firsthand the need for comprehensive cancer care. Their outstanding support for this project sends a very strong message to our community.

The employees of Trinity Regional Medical Center and Trimark Physicians Group raised an unprecedented $468,042.79 and in November 2010, the Trinity Auxiliary board voted to match dollar for dollar the amount raised by employees giving the campaign a very welcomed jump start.

In March 2011, the leadership phase of the campaign started and the volunteer steering committee members began inviting community members to invest in this very important project. By mid-May, the campaign had raised $2 million. It was also in May that the campaign received an anonymous dollar for dollar matching gift of up to $1.5 million on all future donations. The campaign currently stands at $3 million.

At this time we feel that our goal is very achievable but we need the help of everyone in the community. We have used approximately $500,000 of our anonymous match. We need to raise $1 million dollars and our anonymous donor will match that, and we'll be at our goal. This is an opportunity to double your gift - a gift of $100 becomes $200, a gift of $50,000 becomes $100,000.

All gifts of $5,000 will be recognized on the donor wall, which will be located just inside the new Cancer Center. In addition, there are naming opportunities available within the Cancer Center starting with gifts of $15,000 or greater. Naming opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage anyone interested in a naming opportunity to contact Trinity Health Foundation sooner rather than later.

The new Trinity Cancer Center will be located just to the right of the main lobby at Trinity Regional Medical Center. This location is the most convenient option for patients and also proved to be the most economical building option.

It was also a good location for the vault which will house the linear accelerator. The walls, floor and ceiling for the vault are required to be 4-feet-thick-concrete. This requires the vault to sit in an area where the ground is flat and there is nothing below. The new Cancer Center will be a total of 11,000 square feet; 7,000 square feet will be new construction and 4,000 square feet will be remodeled space.

Your support of the new Trinity Cancer Center will help provide a multifaceted cancer program. Area patients will now have access to radiation and medical oncology services as well as cancer education and support. Trinity's main entrance will provide easy and convenient patient drop-off/pickup and valet service.

The total project cost is estimated to be $8.5 million. This includes the cost of construction, as well as what are called "soft costs" such as bidding fees, engineering fees, furnishings and equipment, including the linear accelerator. Woodruff Construction will serve as the general contractor for the project. Construction begins this month and be complete summer of 2012. Trinity Health Foundation will provide $5 million through fundraising efforts and the balance will be covered by Trinity Regional Medical Center.

The new Trinity Cancer Center will be more than just a new building - it will provide comprehensive cancer services to the people of Fort Dodge and our region. This has been a shared dream of our community for a very long time. The pieces have finally come together. The time is right, the opportunity is here - please help us make the new Trinity Cancer Center a reality. Support the campaign to build a comprehensive Cancer Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ken and Adrienne Adams and Phil and Keely Gunderson are co-chairs for the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign. Dr. Ken Adams and Phil Gunderson are also members of the board of directors for Trinity Regional Medical Center.

If you would like more information about supporting the Every Option, Every Hope campaign for the new Trinity Cancer Center, please call Shannon McQuillen or Carol Grannon at Trinity Health Foundation. 574-6509.



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