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For Immediate Release:
April 26, 2012


Southcoast receives $5 million from the Manton Foundation to benefit Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

The Manton Foundation donation and challenge grant is the largest single gift ever received in the South Coast region


Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care in Fairhaven, Mass.


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FAIRHAVEN, Mass. — Southcoast Health System today announced it has received a donation and challenge grant totaling $5 million from The Manton Foundation to benefit the campaign for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. The Manton Foundation donation is the largest charitable gift ever received in the history of Southcoast Health System and its legacy hospitals and is believed to be the largest ever received in the South Coast region.

"We are exceedingly appreciative of The Manton Foundation's grant for $5 million to benefit much needed cancer services in our region. Over the past four years, The Manton Foundation has made many significant contributions to a number of causes, including several that have benefited our local communities. Southcoast proudly counts itself among the fortunate recipients of The Manton Foundation's largess," said Keith A. Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group.

The gift from The Manton Foundation includes a $2.5 million donation received in April 2011 accompanied by a $2.5 million challenge grant gifted in March 2012 after the campaign for Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care successfully met the $2.5 million challenge by raising $2.9 million to date.

The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, located in Fairhaven and Fall River, feature the very latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology to treat a wide variety of cancers. The technology is complemented by support services — including a Patient Navigator, nutritional counseling and a resource library— that help patients and their families with the emotional and social needs that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.

The care at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care is delivered by a highly experienced cancer team, which includes dedicated medical and radiation oncologists and staff who have been treating cancer patients at Southcoast for decades, as well as new staff who include top-tier clinicians with a wealth of experience from major academic cancer centers around the country.

The Manton Foundation grant brings the campaign for the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care to $14.8 million funds raised with a goal of raising $15 million.

The Manton Foundation was established by Sir Edwin and Lady Manton to support philanthropic efforts of interest to the family. The Foundation has made significant contributions in the fields of art and culture, education, equine care, health care and biomedical research, historic preservation, and land conservation. The current trustees of the foundation also have strong roots in the South Coast region.

In 2006, The Manton Foundation provided the lead gift for Southcoast's digital mammography program, which led to the purchase of 13 digital mammography machines across Southcoast Health System. In 2008, The Manton Foundation pledged $500,000 to the Ronald B. Goodspeed, MD, Endowed Chair in Patient Safety & Quality. The Goodspeed Chair is awarded biennially to a physician or senior member of the hospital clinical staff who advocates for further elevation of the standards for patient safety and quality of care.

"As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, Southcoast relies on the ongoing support of the community to ensure the most advanced technology and highest quality of care are available to our patients," said Barbara H. Mulville, CFRE, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Southcoast Health System. "This type of commitment by The Manton Foundation allows Southcoast to sustain and develop state-of-the-art oncology programs and services that will save lives for years to come."

About Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, located in Fall River and Fairhaven, feature the latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology services, including brachytherapy, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offer patients a seamless continuum of care throughout Southcoast Health System — a program that supports not only patients' medical needs, but also their emotional and social needs.

Highlights of the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care's Fairhaven and Fall River facilities include the very latest technology in radiation therapy and medical oncology, spacious areas for chemotherapy, a dedicated Patient Navigator, advanced imaging including PET/CT, social work, nutrition, physical therapy and pharmacy services, fully electronic health records, multidisciplinary treatment planning conferences and many "green" elements.

The care delivered at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care is complimented by an outstanding cancer team, which includes dedicated medical and radiation oncologists and staff who have been treating cancer patients at Southcoast for decades, as well as new staff who include top-tier clinicians with a wealth of experience from major academic cancer centers around the country.

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care has formed an exclusive regional affiliation with MD Anderson Physicians Network®. MD Anderson Physicians Network is a subsidiary of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world's most respected leaders in cancer care and ranked No. 1 in the nation, by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Cancer Hospitals" survey. Combining the region's top cancer provider with the expertise of the nation's leader in cancer care, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care offers new hope and state-of-the-art care for cancer patients in the South Coast region.

For more information on Southcoast's cancer services visit www.southcoast.org/cancercare/.


Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer
Phone: 508-961-5280
Pager: 508-387-2532
Fax: 508-961-5876
poyants@southcoast.org



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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

Southcoast is a not-for-profit charitable organization that depends on the support of the community to provide services. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast through social media at www.southcoast.org/connect/.





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