Every Option, Every Hope - four words that mean so much to individuals and families who are fighting cancer in Webster County and the surrounding area.
As co-chairs for the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign to build a Comprehensive Cancer Center at Trinity Regional Medical Center we are pleased and excited to announce that Trinity Health Foundation has exceeded its goal and raised $5,113,145 for this important community project.
We are grateful and humbled by the community's generosity. Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign - we applaud your generosity. However, we want to specifically mention three gifts that made a significant difference. The employees of Trinity Regional Medical Center and Trimark Physicians Group raised $468,042. The employee gifts were generously matched by the Trinity Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. The campaign received a significant boost when an anonymous donor committed to a campaign match of $1.5 million. Nearing the end of the Every Option, Every Hope campaign, the TRMC Auxiliary voted to increase its gift to $600,000 pushing the campaign over its goal.
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 has a cancer incidence rate 4.9 percent higher than the Iowa norm.
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. The construction of Trinity's new Cancer Center is anticipated to be complete in late summer, seeing its first patient in early September 2012.
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. Thank you for helping us to make the new Trinity Cancer Center a reality.
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
Dr. Ken and Adrienne Adams and Phil and Keely Gunderson are co-chairs of the Every Option, Every Hope Capital Campaign. Dr. Ken Adams is also a member of the board of directors for Trinity Regional Medical Center.