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FOUNDATION DONATES $20,000 TO CANCER CENTER PATIENT ASSISTANCE FUND


Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996

July 2, 2009

The Scotland Memorial Foundation's Spring Health and Fitness Festival may be over for this year, but the patients of Scotland Cancer Treatment Center will enjoy the fruits of that labor of love for a long while.

Last week, Steve Wallace, Executive Director of Scotland Memorial Foundation, presented a check for $20,000 to the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center. The proceeds from the Festival were designated exclusively for the Patient Assistance Fund and will be used to provide extended financial resources in the care of cancer patients. The Fund also provides financial support to purchase incidental items patients may need at home, such as a walker, or for transportation to the Cancer Center for treatment.

      

Dr. Kelvin Raybon, medical oncologist, who ran in the Foundation's half marathon on April 25th, was on hand to accept the check. "The Festival was a terrific success and our staff and the participants enjoyed it tremendously. It's exciting to be a part of the Foundation's support of the Cancer Center and to know that the funds raised will be used directly for our patients' care. We have a great many patients who don't have insurance or whose medications are so costly they cannot afford them. With this donation we can assist them with their expenses."

Patients of Scotland Cancer Treatment Center receive assistance from Mary Callahan-Lopez, social worker, in the form of determining insurance coverage during treatment. When a treatment plan is determined, further assistance may also be available in securing take-home medications and other items.

Dr. Chip Helms, radiation oncologist was also on hand to receive the Foundation's check. He stated, "Scotland Memorial Foundation has been a pillar of this community for a number of years and the board members are extremely supportive of Scotland Cancer Treatment Center. The community's involvement with the Foundation and its fundraising events has made the Foundation what it is today. We sincerely appreciate the Foundation's support. On the radiation side of the Cancer Center we assist patients in the purchase of medications used for their skin and other side effects they may suffer due to radiation therapy. Some of our patients have to come for treatment five days a week for five weeks and with today's economy purchasing gas is difficult for some our patients, especially when they live in outlying areas. So this money is truly appreciated."

If you are interested in making a donation to Scotland Memorial Foundation in support of the Patient Assistance Fund, please contact the Foundation office at 910-291-7553. Or you may make an online donation using a credit card by visiting www.scotlandhealth.org and clicking on the Foundation link at the bottom of the home page.

Scotland Health Care System is a community owned, not-for-profit health care system located in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The 154-bed system is comprised of the 104-bed Scotland Memorial Hospital, The 50-bed Edwin Morgan Center, Scotland Memorial Foundation, and Hospice of Scotland County. The Health Care System also owns and operates four primary care facilities, a general surgery practice and an ob/gyn practice.

With more than 1,000 employees, Scotland Health Care System is Scotland County's largest, non-governmental, private employer. Its medical staff includes 63 physicians representing many medical specialties. Scotland Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top ten percent in North Carolina for Surgical Care. In 2008, the Health Care System contributed more than $8 million in charity care to the community.


 
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