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News Releases / 2008

Healthcare Foundation Donates to Cancer Resource Center

Ventura, California, 06/25/2008

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation has made a contribution to Community Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center. The money will go to pay half the cost of a contract with The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara to operate a satellite office in the Center to provide educational support and counseling services for cancer patients.

“This helps us tremendously,” said Kathleen Horton, program manager for the Cancer Resource Center. “The Cancer Support Community has an impeccable reputation in caring for cancer patients.”

The Cancer Resource Center, located across the street from CMH at 184 N. Brent St., offers a variety of services to meet the needs of individuals faced with a diagnosis of cancer, in addition to providing support programs for family members of cancer patients. The services are offered in a comfortable, non-hospital setting that features comfortable furniture, a fully functioning kitchen, a library of resources and a computer station.

“The Center is open to all cancer patients – not just Community Memorial cancer patients,” Horton pointed out, “and all our services are free.”
Among the support groups The Cancer Support Community provides at the Center, Horton said, is an eight-week “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” course where patients learn to cope with their cancer diagnosis through relaxing techniques such as yoga and meditation.
“A course like that would cost $800, but for our patients it’s free,” Horton said.

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation, formed in 1984, is a nonprofit, charitable organization with the basic mission of providing meaningful ways to educate the community regarding the service capabilities of Community Memorial Hospital; to work with the community to facilitate support of Community Memorial Hospital, and to raise funds for the development, operation and maintenance of programs and services.

Foundation President Kay Woodburn said the contribution to Cancer Resource Center comes from proceeds raised mostly from the Gold Dust Gala, the foundation’s annual Country and Western-themed charity event that also benefits The Breast Center at CMH.