Mercy Health Foundation kicks off public fundraising campaign
“to be continued” cancer campaign aims to bring cancer support services closer to home
10 / 17 / 2013
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
Oshkosh, Wis. – The Mercy Health Foundation has announced its “to be continued” fundraising campaign and will be asking the community for help in reaching its $1.7 million goal.
The “to be continued” campaign is in its final phase will bring state-of-the art cancer care and support services close to home at Mercy Medical Center. Currently the Mercy service area of Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties is experiencing significantly higher cancer rates than the state of Wisconsin as a whole. The local cancer rates demonstrate the vital need for local and high quality cancer care.
The campaign raised more than $1.4 million during its quiet phase and is now asking the community to help reach its 2013 charitable goal of $1.7 million. Mercy Health Foundation contributors have already helped Mercy Medical Center complete a much-needed technology update that includes a new TrueBeam linear accelerator for radiation treatment and a wide bore CT scanner simulator in the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center.
“We are extremely thankful for the faithful Mercy Health Foundation donors who have been so generous during our quiet phase,” said Bill Calhoun, FACHE, eastern region vice president for Ministry Health Care and president of Mercy Medical Center. “The donations of our good friends have helped us purchase the latest in technology for cancer treatment, and now it’s time to focus on enriching the support programs available for our patients and their families. We are inviting the community to help us during the public phase to raise the remaining $271,000 needed to reach our goal of $1.7 million.”
Donations will enhance patient-centered care services at Mercy Medical Center. These additional services include:
- The creation of a new cancer coordinator position to guide patients through diagnosis and treatment. The coordinator will serve as liaison between patients, providers and support services.
- The construction of a patient guidebook to act as a comprehensive reference guide for patients and their families.
- Expanded palliative care services for symptom and care management and advanced care planning.
- Basic needs funding for low-income patients.
- Rehabilitation through the PEACE Exercise and Relaxation Program.
- Support services that follow a patient into survivorship.
To learn more or to make a donation, visit the campaign website at: http://fightcancerwithmercy.com/
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About Ministry Health Care
Ministry Health Care is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving more than 1.1 million people across Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Ministry generates nearly $2.2 billion in annual operating revenue with 15 hospitals, 47 clinics, and more than 12,000 associates including 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Ministry Health Care recently joined Ascension Health as the second healthcare ministry in Wisconsin. Ascension is the largest Catholic and not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. Ministry is ranked among the top 20 percent of healthcare systems in the country according to Truven Health Analytics.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.