Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center hosts donor appreciation event

October 28, 2011

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

A host of donors, doctors and dignitaries converged on the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center on Wednesday night to celebrate the installation of a new piece of vital diagnostic equipment and the latest figures from a successful cancer center fund-raising campaign.

The piece of equipment is the Philips Brilliance CT Big Bore scanner, which is the talk of the diagnostic equipment industry. The new machinery, which is installed and operational, can handle today’s sophisticated treatment plans and is able to handle large patients up to 650 pounds.

“The scanner is just a fabulous piece of equipment,” said Tina Dickerson, director of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center. “It allows us to make treatment scanning faster for patients. And it continues our goal of providing the best cancer care we can for our community.”

Cece Clitheroe, director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, was also pleased to announce some eye-popping figures regarding donor contributions.

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation Cancer Campaign collected a grand total of $2,364,149.35 to be used to fight cancer in western Washington County. The single largest donor to the campaign was a dedicated bunch of volunteers. The Tuality Healthcare Auxiliary, which runs the Tuality Community Hospital gift shop and plays host to many other fund-raising events, contributed $450,000 to the cancer center campaign.

“I would like to thank each and every donor who made that astounding figure possible,” said Clitheroe. “It just goes to show you that people in our community really do care about supporting quality healthcare. And I would like to send a special thank you to the many Tuality volunteers. They are a great group of people.”