The first celebratory shovels of soil were turned April 23, 2014 to break ground for the new Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, the hub of Indian River Medical Center’s Duke-affiliated cancer care program. More than 300 guests honored Bill and Marlynn Scully and Pat and Carol Welsh with a standing ovation, in thanks for their combined gift of $24 million to fund improved cancer facilities, state-of-the-art technology and enhanced programs.
During the ceremony, Marlynn, Bill and Pat shared their enthusiasm and personal motivation for supporting the project, urging others to join them in bringing The Campaign for Excellence in Cancer Care to a successful close. Many have joined our local fight against cancer in the ensuing months. To date, the Foundation has reached 74 percent of its $48-million goal, with $12.5 million remaining.
From a patient care standpoint, donor support facilitated great strides over the summer. Two of the top leadership positions have been filled, as have other key staff positions, such as the second of our Patient Care Navigators and the Coordinator for a very special point of care, the John W. Scully Volunteer Program. Named for Bill’s brother, the late husband of Sue Scully, the program pairs volunteers who are cancer survivors, or former caregivers, with patients facing the same cancer diagnosis as the volunteers experienced.
Additionally, designs have been completed for major renovations of key patient care areas within the hospital. High-tech oncology surgical operating rooms will be constructed, as will an all-new oncology inpatient wing. These dramatic improvements, including the 34,000 square-foot Scully-Welsh Cancer Center, will all open in 2015. The center will house radiation therapy, chemotherapy, clinical trial
coordination, genetic counseling services, education, a resource library and serve as the hub for care coordination throughout IRMC facilities.