AREA OF GREATEST NEED
Your gift to the Regional Health Foundation goes immediately into the Regional Health Foundation’s Unrestricted Annual Fund and is used for the greatest needs in health care such as programs, patient care facilities, capital equipment or renovation needs.
Your contribution will help Regional Health to continually invest in the newest technologies and advancements in treatments. The additions, renovations and purchases of equipment have done more than just add to the facilities. They have enabled us to provide the highest level of medical care to our communities.
A commitment to caring for our communities
During the Black Hills Stock Show, young and old, man and woman alike get together in pink to help raise funds for the John T. Vucurevich - Regional Cancer Care Institute (CCI). The color has come to represent support for cancer patients and their loved ones in our community. It also represents a spirit of hope and unity, that together, we will beat this devastating disease. Funds raised through the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event has helped purchase a new G20 ultrasound machine and also contributed $400,000 towards the purchase of a new Tomotherapy unit. Leading-edge technologies would not be available if it weren’t for donor support.
The Littlest Patient
While CCI typically treats adult patients, our caregivers recently were part of the journey of a pediatric patient and her family. The 23-month-old girl needed Tomotherapy to treat a very specific area of cancer, and the patient and their family would benefit from staying home while undergoing radiation.
The team of caregivers representing pre op, anesthesia, radiation therapy, nursing, medical staff, and post op made the treatment of the child possible. Because of the patient’s young age, anesthesia was involved daily to help her sleep through her radiation treatments. Additionally, a private waiting area was created for the child’s parents and family, allowing them to be together, especially on those hard, emotional days.
CCI caregivers supported the family by wearing shirts once a week during her treatment that featured the child’s name, and helped her celebrate her second birthday with gifts to take home.
Treating cancer patients – especially children – can be emotional for our team, but the knowledge that patients can stay at home, sleep in their own beds every night, and have family and friends nearby makes it all worthwhile.
The value of staying at home for Tomotherapy at CCI cannot be measured. The caregivers are honored to provide such advanced treatment and personal attention to our patients and their families in our community.
Please send your donations to:
Area of Greatest Need
Regional Health Foundation
P.O. Box 6000
Rapid City, SD 57709