nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Subscribe | Special Sections


Local News arrow Health arrow Josette Keelor arrow Winchester

| 0

Capital Campaign to raise funds for Winchester cancer center


By Josette Keelor

Winchester Medical Center announced this week it is closer to breaking ground on a proposed cancer center on the north side of the Winchester campus.

The $10 million capital campaign kicked off Monday after an 18-month "silent" phase of the fundraising campaign led by Honorary Campaign Chair James R. Wilkins Jr. and Honorary Co-Chair Harry F. Byrd III raised $7 million, including up to $2 million in unrestricted gifts to the Winchester Medical Center Foundation over the next five years.

Medical center CEO Mark Merrill said the estimated cost of the cancer center is $33 million, about a third of which needs to be raised through charitable donations. The remaining amount will come from hospital reserves or equity, he said.

He anticipates building will begin after the foundation raises the $10 million, and he projects the opening for 2016.

Intended to connect with the existing campus diagnostic center, the cancer center will unite all outpatient cancer services in one building, including physician offices, exam rooms and treatment areas for chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology, clinical research and support services, a news release from the hospital states.

The center will serve to ease anxiety for patients who often have multiple appointments scheduled in the same day and spend hours receiving treatment, Merrill said. Family members accompanying them to treatments also will benefit from a planned resource library, support space and Wellspring boutique selling durable medical equipment, he said.

It will help patients already experiencing a highly exhaustive time in their lives, said Eliza Russell, 25, who received chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Winchester after learning she had stage 2B breast cancer three years ago in December.

Russell, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, had surgery in Winchester for a double mastectomy, port placement and expanders. In May 2013, she had reconstructive surgery for breast implants in Washington, D.C., though she said the medical center has a surgeon, too.

"When you're doing chemo, if you can have everything in one central location, then you're as good as gold," she said. "To have it more centralized, I can only see that as a benefit to a patient."

A member of the cancer center Patient Advisory Board, Russell attended monthly meetings with other cancer survivors to brainstorm ideas for the new facility.

She said the group's purpose is "to have as well-rounded of a group as possible." While attending, she was the youngest group member and one of few under the age of 40.

Options discussed for the cancer center included question and answer sessions for radiation patients, which the center already had for chemotherapy sessions, and outdoor views in waiting areas.

The group's idea for a healing garden will provide a calming area for patients and visitors, said Jenny Grooms, the foundation's director of development.

She said the healing garden would not be possible without charitable gifts to the building fund, including a contribution form Shenandoah Oncology.

"It's not just a new building for them," Grooms said. "It's a better way to deliver care for their patients."

"Where the foundation comes in are those things that make it better," she said. The garden is partly for aesthetic reasons, but "gosh, isn't it a better view?"

The cancer center will also allow for the expansion of medical center's current stereotactic radiosurgery, which it provides in partnership with the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where previously patients from the Northern Shenandoah Valley had to travel for treatment.

Russell, who lived in Star Tannery while receiving cancer treatments, said having everything she needed for her care nearby made the whole process easier. Her other options would have been driving to Charlottesville or to Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

"Who wants to do a three-hour drive for an eight-hour treatment?" she asked.

"I picked it [Winchester] because of its proximity, but I stayed there because they knew what they were talking about."

For information about the Cancer Center Capital Campaign and naming opportunities, call Jenny Grooms at 540-536-2367 or visit vhsbuildinghope.org.

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com


Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.

Comments

Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.














Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Automotive Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Brad Fauber Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections & Clarifications Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pet of the Week Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Recreation Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Tommy Keeler Jr. Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review


News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

nvdaily.com
2014 Virginia Press Association Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!


nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com