WMMC Foundation Announces $330,000 Cancer Care Project

09.12.18 OR Team Thanks WMMC Foundation for Cancer Care Equipment

The WMMC OR Team shows appreciation for the recent purchase of the navigator, which is used for cancer care.

Warrensburg, MO (November 7, 2019) — Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) Foundation has chosen its first-ever capital campaign – Advancing Cancer Care, Closer to Home.

For over 55 years, WMMC has provided the community with compassionate, quality care, and has continually expanded to meet the growing healthcare needs of the community. Quality of care is WMMC’s top priority, having received several certifications including Level III Center for Stroke, Trauma and STEMI, the Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and hip replacement, and Gold Standard of Accreditation in computed tomography.

Today, area residents rely on our expertise in the moments they need it most, and they deserve the best technology available. Because of WMMC’s dedication to the community, the Foundation is embarking on a project to bring advanced cancer care to our community. Not only is breast cancer the leading fastest growing cancer, and the lung cancer the leading killing cancer, but mid-Missouri has one of the highest lung cancer rates in America.

To help bring advanced cancer care to WMMC, the WMMC Foundation has launched its campaign to raise $330,000 to purchase equipment that will benefit the patients and families in our greater community. This project will help detect, diagnose, and define the best treatment regimen available. Thanks to the generous support of our community’s donors, a portion of the project, the Radioactive Navigator, has already been purchased for $20,000.

Radioactive Navigator

The first piece of equipment is a Radioactive Navigator. Surgeons can find it difficult to locate all of the cancerous tissue in tumors and lymph nodes within the human body. The Navigator allows the surgeon to identify these specific nodes, and this makes for more accurate surgery incisions, faster healing times, and decreased complications for the patient.

Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS)

The second piece of equipment this project will provide the community with is the EBUS. An EBUS procedure is minimally invasive but a highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases.

Portable Ultrasound Machine

The third piece of equipment will be a Portable Ultrasound Machine. Ultrasound machines are often used to diagnose, monitor, and treat multitudes of medical problems from gallstones to cancer.

Family Comfort Suites

The final contribution of this project will be two Family Comfort Suites. These suites will provide a patient’s family a spacious private room to relax overnight and be close to their loved one in their time of need. Each room will have a bed, television and private bathroom. Additionally, there will be a nutritional area nearby where the family can gather for meals and have access to a dining table, fridge and microwave.

“The generosity of area residents will enable the WMMC Foundation to continue its support of the hospital and specifically address the cancer challenge. Together, we make a difference,” says Dee Hudson, Foundation President.
Financial support is necessary in order for Western Missouri Medical Center to answer the call—the call to meet the growing healthcare needs of family, friends and neighbors.

“Continuing population growth, evolving healthcare challenges and a continuing desire to strengthen our economy are some of the driving needs for a strong health system in Johnson County,” says Tara Carlyle, System Director of Communications & Development. “We must remain competitive with the latest technology so we can continue to provide the level of care that patients deserve and demand as well as attract highly skilled health care professionals to our community.”

For more information, please visit WMMC.com/AdvancingCancerCare.

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About Western Missouri Medical Center

Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) is a fully-accredited acute care county medical center located in Warrensburg, MO. WMMC prides itself in emergency care, obstetrics, orthopedic and general surgery, family healthcare, internal medicine, outpatient clinics, ambulatory care, rehabilitation services and more. Inpatient services include medical, surgical, intensive, obstetrical, orthopedic, pediatric and skilled nursing care, as well as a wide range of therapeutic and diagnostic outpatient services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Learn more at WMMC.com



Contact: Tara Carlyle
System Director of Communications and Development
(660) 262-7497