NEW ULM, Minn. (April 12, 2011) — The New Ulm Medical Center (NUMC) Cancer Center Capital Campaign has reached 43 percent of its goal, thanks to many generous donors who have gotten the campaign off to a promising start. Among those donors is Anderson Custom Processing, who recently made a $25,000 donation to the campaign.
"The medical center, especially the Cancer Center, has meant a great deal to our family over the years, and this donation is in honor of those who have been touched by cancer and the exceptional staff and physicians who support them," said Denice Anderson of Anderson Custom Processing.
NUMC Foundation is working to raise $500,000 dollars to build a new $1 million Cancer Center and a garden of hope. With a great start to the campaign, the medical center hopes to start construction this summer, with the new center opening before the end of the year.
"We've had many generous donors who have given in honor of those past, current or future patients who will depend on the Cancer Center for life-saving treatment and support,' said Barb Fenske, chairperson for Cancer Center Capital Campaign. 'I couldn’t be more honored to not only be leading this campaign, but also to be one of the many patients who will benefit from all the new opportunities this center will bring."
In addition to gift from Anderson Custom Processing, several businesses and individuals have already pledged generous financial support, including: New Ulm Medical Center Auxiliary, Gislason & Hunter LLP, physicians of the Physicians Group of New Ulm, employees of New Ulm Medical Center, NUMC board of trustees and the NUMC Foundation board members. The combined $220,000 in gifts from these and hundreds of other area donors move the Spreading Our Wings campaign to over 43 percent of the goal. Campaign leaders will be meeting with individuals to raise the final funds needed to build a new Cancer Center.
The number of patients who rely on the Cancer Center for treatment has increased by nearly 40 percent in just the past five years. Because of this growth, the space is no longer meeting the needs of our patients. The new space has been designed with feedback from patients and has double the space from what we have today. The new area will be located in the lower level of the clinic and will include clinic exam rooms, a new family conference room, additional treatment chairs and a larger space for patient and family celebrations. A beautiful garden will also be added in 2012 just outside the department. The Cancer Center is also growing its relationship with Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, which will bring new clinical trials and additional resources not available today.
To donate to the Cancer Center, please contact Carisa Buegler at the New Ulm Medical Center Foundation at 507-233-1188 or by mail: New Ulm Medical Center Foundation, 1324 5th North, New Ulm, MN 56073.
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