BUFFALO — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Oneida Healthcare have received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to their joint capital campaign to help complete a three-phase project that will provide expanded access to Roswell Park’s National Cancer Institute-level cancer care to residents of central New York.
As the first phase of the campaign, Oneida Healthcare and Roswell Park opened a new infusion center in Madison County in the fall of 2017, as part of a medical oncology affiliation with Roswell Park, which includes 12 infusion suites, four clinical exam rooms, a telemedicine conference center, and a consultation room.
In June of this year the second phase, the Dorothy G. Griffin Radiation Oncology Center, will be completed as a joint effort between the two healthcare providers. The final phase will be the expansion of Oneida Healthcare’s imaging services with the installation of a new state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI, PET/CT and a second 3D Mammography unit at the Alice M. Gorman Imaging Center. All three services will be conveniently located on the Oneida Healthcare campus.
“We will be able to provide patients with state- of-the-art diagnostics, local access to NCI cancer care guidelines, and to the latest treatment options from a comprehensive cancer center ranked among the top 3 percent nationwide,” said Oneida Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer Gene Morreale. “Without our generous donors, this would not be possible.”
The anonymous donation follows a $250,000 gift made to the campaign of $100,000 by Community Bank and $150,000 from the Oneida Savings Bank Charitable Foundation in late 2018, to be given across five years and help cover renovations, construction and leading-edge technology in the new facilities.
Together with the gift from the banks, other philanthropic contributions and a $6.75 million grant awarded by the New York State Department of Health in 2016, the latest $1 million gift brings the total raised for the campaign to more than $10 million of the $12 million goal for the three-phase project.
“Expanding the reach of our care to Madison County is vital to our mission, and I want to express our thanks to this generous anonymous donor for helping make it possible,” said Roswell Park President Candace S. Johnson. “Having this kind of nearby access to Roswell Park’s nationally recognized cancer care will mean all the difference to central New York patients who otherwise would have to travel three to four hours each way to Buffalo for their treatment. I am grateful to everyone who has given to this campaign and brought us to this point.”
Individual gifts to support this project can be made online at give.roswellpark.org/Oneida or by calling Roswell Park at (716) 845-1338.