Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Foundation announces the launch of their “Close to Home” Capital Campaign, a new effort to enhance cancer care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. The campaign is a $2 million community-led fundraising effort that will help fund a new cancer and infusion center on the Grand Rapids campus.
Among many planned enhancements, the campaign will support the renovation of an existing, under-utilized wing of the hospital to make room for 12 new state-of-the-art infusion bays. Other highlights include the addition of a private entrance for cancer and infusion patients, a new pharmacy dedicated to infusion medications, and an outdoor patio and healing garden for patients, families and staff at Grand Itasca. The project will also bring full-time Oncologists to Grand Itasca in partnership with Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Physicians.
The Foundation has raised $1.3 million toward the $2 million goal. One hundred percent of the Grand Itasca Foundation Board of Directors and Steering Committee have already pledged to the project. Grand Itasca Foundation Director Kelly Kirwin says: “The theme of the campaign is ‘Close to Home’ because our goal is to serve more cancer and infusion patients in the comfort of their own community. Patients and caregivers deserve to have expert cancer care closer to home. This project will make that possible.”
To date, well over 200 individual donors, businesses and foundations have pledged to the campaign, including Grand Itasca Volunteer Services, Blandin Foundation, Itasca Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, and Minnesota Power Foundation.
Campaign Co-Chair Barb Arbour says: “We are just thrilled with the support that Grand Itasca physicians and community members have pledged so far and look forward to sharing more details and ways to get involved in the coming months.”
Grand Rapids Mayor and Campaign Co-Chair Dale Adams adds: “We already have such incredible care at Grand Itasca. This project will enable us to provide that same level of care in an environment that is designed to support healing and comfort for our patients, right in our own community.”
The Foundation will host a series of informational breakfast events at Grand Itasca in February and March that are open to the public. The purpose of the breakfast events is to share an update about what is happening at Grand Itasca, including the renovation and campaign for cancer and infusion care. To attend one of these breakfast events, please contact Kelly Kirwin at 218-999-1009. Visit www.granditasca.org/closetohome to learn more about the project and campaign.
Barb Arbour, cancer patient and Close to Home Capital Campaign Co-Chair, with her care team: Dr. Lisa Owens, Surgeon; Abbie Edminster, RN, Surgical Services; and Jean Hammann, RN, Infusion.