The Atrium Society membership campaign is led by Carol and Lentz Ivey (co-chairs), Karen and Charlie Brooks, Cathy Cauthen, Bruce Fewell, Dee and Tony Perez, Curt and Donna Rone, Debbie Seale, and Charles Vernon.
A word from Carol and Lentz Ivey, Co-Chairs
We are honored to chair the Atrium Society. We are committed to continue its legacy of making possible cutting-edge cancer advancements in the Midlands. You, as members, have helped bring robotic surgery to this community, fund state-of-the-art technology to detect breast cancer, expand cancer genetic counseling, and, most recently, have helped fund our community’s most comprehensive microwave ablation system. Suffice it to say, you are an integral part of the team who is making the best cancer care available, right here at home.
Palmetto Health Cancer Centers is one of the Southeast’s largest cancer programs, offering first-class care and compassion to more than 3,000 patients each year. Physicians and professionals from Palmetto Health hospitals and USC are part of the Cancer Centers’ team approach.
The Atrium Society saw considerable growth over the last year! We want to continue that momentum and grow membership from 55 to 70 couples/individuals this fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2018). We are excited to work alongside The Cavalry to reach a total fundraising goal of $110,000.
If you know of an individual or company who may wish to get involved, please call Anna Saunders at 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PalmettoHealth.org. Or, click here to download an Atrium Society one-sheet and pledge form.
About The Atrium Society
Members of the Atrium Society give annually to meet the high-priority needs of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. The Society was founded more than 20 years ago by three men who cared deeply about providing the best in cancer care in our community - George C. Fant, the late John A. Warren and the late B. Palmer McArthur. The Society seeks to make a difference for families with cancer. Our goal is to fund specific equipment or services that will benefit patients, based upon recommendations made by the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers leadership. We are proud of the far-reaching impact the Society has made since 1993.
2017 Funding Focus: Mission Accomplished!
The Atrium Society and The Cavalry, annual giving societies supporting Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, focused fiscal year 2017 fundraising efforts to fund a Microwave Ablation System for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers.
The total cost of the Microwave Ablation System was $160,000. $80,000 in funding was secured through the Foundation’s general cancer fund and The Atrium Society and The Cavalry raised the remaining $80,000.
Microwave Ablation uses microwave energy to heat and destroy cancerous cells with a probe inserted into the tumor. Because the Cancer Centers’ Microwave Ablation program is used to treat several types of cancer lesions—liver, kidney, lung and bone—it is the most comprehensive program of its kind in the Midlands.
“We’re expanding Microwave Ablation beyond its traditional use of treating liver lesions. We’re treating patients with bone, kidney and lung lesions as well,” said William J. Savoca, MD of Pitts Radiology and leader of the Microwave Ablation program at Palmetto Health. “We’re reaching more patients—many of whom aren’t candidates for traditional treatment. Outcomes are good, and recurrence rates are low. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort to see how we can grow our services to help more families.”
Palmetto Health Cancer Centers anticipates 100 patients will be treated annually with Microwave Ablation. Patients will benefit from this minimally invasive procedure with shorter treatment times and reduced cost, compared to traditional treatments. Most patients go home the same day as the procedure.
Atrium Society supporters have had a significant impact at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers over the last 20 years:
Atrium Society funds have been used to purchase Logic 700 Expert Series Digitally Encoded Ultrasound® Robotic Technology, R2 Imagechecker Mammotone, Full-field Digital Mammography for Baptist campus, Full-field Digital Mammography for Richland campus and Peloris Dual Retort Rapid Tissue Processor. The rapid tissue processor has has provided diagnostic answers for the surgeons of more than 16,000 patients who had surgery at Palmetto Health over a recent three-year period.
$200,000 was raised towards acquisition of daVinci® Robotic Technology. Surgeons at Palmetto Health Richland have used the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System on more than 450 patients since its upgrade in April 2012.
$101,119 was raised in support of upgrades for the latest digital mammography equipment.
$70,770 was raised to provide sofa beds for patient rooms at Palmetto Health Baptist.
$60,000 raised + $62,000 gift from the late John and Betty Warren to fund purchase of Hologic Quantra breast density measurement software. Palmetto Health Breast Center is the first in the Midlands to provide this service.
Palmetto Health Breast Center has had more than one million patient visits during the last 20 years. Each of those patients has benefited from key equipment acquisitions supported by the Atrium Society, including digital mammography and ultrasound imaging equipment.
Membership in the Atrium Society simply requires a gift of $1,000, or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or caregiver. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed.
To become a member of the Atrium Society, click here to access a pledge form.
An atrium symbolizes an opening or passage facing the infinite sky, which is filled with the beauty of birds in flight. You, too, can soar by meeting the challenge of funding cancer initiatives in our community with your annual membership in the Atrium Society.
To learn more about Palmetto Health Foundation's Atrium Society, contact:
Anna Saunders, Director of Development, 803-434-2830 or Anna.Saunders@PalmettoHealth.org.
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