Photo: Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD MMSc, Director of Wilmot Cancer Institute thanked those present at a recent donor appreciation event for their support of the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. Under the direction of Wellsville-Area Campaign Chair Erkie Kailbourne, the Wellsville Community raised over $300,000 for the project.Last April, Jones Memorial Hospital entered a collaboration with UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Center and Noyes Health in Dansville to establish an $8 million regional cancer center that will be located on the Noyes campus. Each organization agreed to contribute resources towards the creation of a regional cancer program. In addition, Jones and Noyes also agreed to seek support from their respective communities. For Jones Memorial, the goal was to raise $300,000.
“I am very pleased to announce that Jones Memorial has exceeded our goal,” said Campaign Chairman Erkie Kailbourne recently. “By supporting the project, the community has shown an understanding of how important it is to those who need these services to be able to access them closer to home. I can’t thank our donors enough for making this happen.”
The Ann & Carl Myers Cancer Center – named for the Livingston County couple who kicked off the project with a $2 million gift to Noyes Health - will allow oncology patients to get the care they need without the drive to Rochester. The regional cancer center will include a 4,500-square-foot, lower-level addition to house a radiation oncology clinic at Noyes Health in Dansville and renovations to the existing facility to house a 2,300-square-foot medical oncology clinic, also at Noyes, which will have three exam rooms and five chemotherapy/infusion bays. Construction is proceeding on schedule and the target date for the radiation services to be available in Dansville is January 1, 2017. Chemotherapy and Infusion services have already been expanded in Dansville.
“At Jones Memorial, we are already seeing the benefit of this collaboration,” said Eva Benedict, CEO at Jones Memorial, noting that Oncologist Dr. Brian Smith of the Wilmot Cancer Institute is in Wellsville each week to consult patients at the Oncology Clinic on the third floor at Jones Memorial. “By forming collaborations like this, each facility is able to ensure access to the highest quality specialty care for our communities. For patients and their caregivers, having the services and resources of the Wilmot Cancer Institute closer to home will ease the financial and physical burden of travel for these medically vulnerable patients.”
“We are so grateful for the commitment of Jones Memorial Hospital and the support of the Wellsville-area community,” said Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD MMSc, Director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “We are working together to ensure access to state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care, and together we are improving the health of our region.”