United Bank Foundation Massachusetts Approves $150,000 for Expansion of Sister Caritas Cancer Center
The United Bank Foundation Massachusetts announced that they recently approved a $150,000 grant for the Mercy Medical Center’s Transforming Cancer Care Capital Campaign to expand and centralize outpatient cancer services at the Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
The $150,000 grant, which will be paid by the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts over five years, will help financially support Mercy’s $15 million expansion of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center. The consolidation will enable every department and every member of the oncology staff to be centrally-located at the Cancer Center, including radiation and medical oncology; pharmacy; physician and nurses offices; oncology social workers; spiritual advisors; and support staff.
The plans for the expansion of the Cancer Center call for 26,000 of new square feet; ten new infusion bays for a total of 32; and consolidation and expansion onto two levels. By centralizing diagnostic and treatment services, the Cancer Center is confident this will lead to reduced patient wait times, minimize stress for patients and their families and enhance patient outcomes.
According to the Sister Caritas Cancer Center, the need for outpatient cancer services will grow by 26% by 2022 while the demand for infusion bays and radiation oncology services continues to soar. Also, the recent addition of eight medical oncologists at the Cancer Center has increased the number of patients receiving chemotherapy at their location by more than 200%.
“Since the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke has been serving this area for about as long as United Bank has, we both share a long history and common bond for nearly 150 years of taking care of those who are proudly call this part of Massachusetts their home,” said Dena M. Hall, Western Mass Regional President, Chief Marketing Officer and President of the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts. “Most of us from this area had a family member or friend who has received first-class treatment and health care services at Sister Caritas Cancer Center. That’s why we are proud to join so many others in the community who are generously supporting Mercy Medical Center's mission to ‘transform cancer care’ through this exciting capital campaign.”
“For over twenty-five years, United Bank has been a consistent supporter, embracing our Mission to be a transforming, healing presence,” said Diane Dukette, Vice President, Fund Development at the Sisters of Providence Health System. “Once again they have stepped forward with a leadership gift to enhance our ability to serve the community.”
For more information about the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts or the Bank’s charitable giving programs, go to www.bankatunited.com
. To learn more about the Capital Campaign for the Sister Caritas Cancer Center, please visit http://www.mercycares.com/cancer-center-capital-campaign
CAPTION FOR ATTACHED PHOTO: From left to right
: Sister Mary Caritas Geary, SP; Carol Moore Cutting, Chairman of the United Bank Foundation Massachusetts Board of Directors; Dena M. Hall Regional President and Chief Marketing Officer of United Bank; Diane Dukette, Vice President of Fund Development; Philip Glynn, MD, Director of Oncology; and John E. Sjoberg, Chairperson of SPHS Board of Trustees.