On January 23, 2018, we celebrated the opening of IRMC’s newly expanded Scully Endoscopy Center honoring the many generous donors who stepped forward to meet the $2.275 million matching challenge. More than 120 project supporters were on hand to cheer lead donors Marlynn and Bill Scully as they wielded oversized scissors snipping a blue ribbon to formally open the center.
Initially issued anonymously on March 22, 2017, the challenge was fulfilled just eight weeks later, thanks to overwhelming response from our community. Interventional Gastroenterologist Dr. Ashley Canipe served as project champion, leading the effort to inform donors of the need to expand and enhance GI care. Spending time with many audiences, Dr. Canipe explained innovative technologies to facilitate early identification of deadly diseases such as bile duct, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers, and to build capcity to screen for colon cancer, one of the most preventable diseases.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Section Chief for Gastroenterology Dr. Greg MacKay joined Dr. Canipe extending heartfelt thanks to the Scullys and Dr. Wayne Hockmeyer, Chairman of the IRMC Board of Directors, who pushed the challenge across the finish line with a gift in honor of his late wife, Dr. Mary Hockmeyer. More than 130 donors helped to meet the match.
Following the ceremony, tours of the new two-story center were hosted by members of the talented GI team, consistently recognized for outstanding patient satisfaction scores.
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Pictured L-R: Dr. Greg MacKay, retired Foundation President Jan Donlan, Dr. Ashley Canipe, Marlynn and Bill Scully, IRMC Chair Dr. Wayner Hockmeyer and IRMC Foundation Chair Tony Woodruff.