Shenandoah University donates to WMC cancer center campaign

Winchester Medical Center’s Cancer Center campaign received a $6,000 donation from Shenandoah University’s Physician Assistant program class of 2016.

According to Carol Weare, public relations manager for Valley Health, the donation will help pay for the new cancer center, which is due to open next September.

Jenny Grooms, director of development for Valley Health, said, “One hundred percent of all gifts to the campaign benefit the Cancer Center project, which will create a free-standing Cancer Center on the WMC campus to bring all our outpatient cancer services under one roof.”

“Those funds provide for the newest, state-of-the-art equipment, as well as spaces that go beyond traditional health care, such as a healing garden and meditation room,” Grooms added.

Emily Burner, director of media relations at Shenandoah University, said, “The SU PA program has had a positive relationship with Valley Health over the years, and this new Cancer Center is very close to where the PA program is housed on the Winchester Medical Center campus. PAs are an active part of the medical provider matrix within Valley Health and this presented as a nice partnership.”

The money was part of $10,000 raised at SU’s 10th annual gala and silent auction held last spring. Burner said the remainder of the funds raised were donated toward the annual interprofessional medical mission trip to Nicaragua.

According to Burner, more than $80,000 has been raised and donated over the years to local, regional and national organizations.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com