Community Celebrates Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation’s Project Completion with Ribbon Cutting

Community Celebrates Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation’s Project Completion with Ribbon Cutting

Over 65 people showed their support at the Chamber’s Ribbon Cutting of the
WMMC Foundation’s Donor Wall and “Advancing Cancer Care, Closer to Home” Project Completion

Warrensburg, MO (December 10, 2019) ­­­­­­— The Western Missouri Medical Center (WMMC) Foundation is proud to announce that their first-ever capital campaign is complete.

In early 2019, it was announced that the WMMC Foundation would be raising funds for their first-ever capital campaign, “Advancing Cancer Care, Closer to Home.” The goal was to raise $330,000 to purchase equipment that would benefit the patients and families in the greater Johnson County community. This project would help detect, diagnose, and define the best cancer treatment regimen available.

The project was broken down into four areas:

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS) Machine: A minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose and stage lung cancer.
  • Portable Ultrasound: Used to diagnose, monitor, and treat medical problems, including cancer.
  • Radioactive Navigator: Allows the surgeon to identify these specific nodes by injecting the patient with a tracer the navigator can identify.
  • Family Comfort Suites: These suites will provide a patient’s family a private room to relax overnight and be close to their loved one in their time of need.

To signify the completion of the $330,00 project, the WMMC Foundation unveiled their donor wall, which is located directly inside of the WMMC Main Entrance near the Courtyard Café.

“This is a monumental occasion to celebrate the completion of our first-ever major giving campaign to ‘Advance Cancer Care Closer to Home,’” said Darinda Reberry, President/CEO. “When the Foundation reorganized in 2015, we had no idea how well our efforts would be received, but our donors, volunteers and employees have been nothing, but generous with their time and gifts.”

The project completion was made possible through many gifts made to the WMMC Foundation in the past two years.

“It is always an exciting time to announce the successful conclusion of a project, and that is why we are here today,” said Dee Hudson, WMMC Foundation Board President. “At the beginning of the year, our foundation made the pledge to the hospital that we would raise $330,000 this year for this special project. The ‘Advancing Cancer Care, Closer to Home’ project is now concluded and we have met the challenge successfully. Since the WMMC Foundation has been in existence, we have been able to raise over $600,000, and so far, over $525,000 is already in place in the hospital.”

Casey Lund, Warrensburg Mayor and Chair of the WMMC Foundation’s Business Relations committee, said, “I would like to recognize the progress that the hospital has made in recent years. What you see on the TV behind me here are names that are scrolling. This is something that is almost unprecedent with hospital foundations. Over 96% of staff members that work here at WMMC donate back to the WMMC Foundation. The people that work here have been able to come together to change and transform the level of care that they provide here.”

To learn more about the WMMC Foundation, visit WMMC.com/Foundation or WMMC.com/Advancing

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