February 26, 2007
MAURY REGIONAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION FURNISHES HOME FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
The Retreat, a hospitality house for breast cancer patients funded by the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation, is expected to begin serving patients on March 12, according to Dr. Eslick Daniel, foundation chairman.
The Retreat, located at 1206 Trotwood Avenue, will provide a comfortable environment where women undergoing Mammosite ® radiation therapy for breast cancer to stay between their treatments. Mammosite ® radiation therapy offers internally administered radiation to targeted breast tissue in a five-day course of therapy with treatments being given twice each day. During the lumpectomy procedure, the surgeon places a balloon in the tumor cavity. Once in place, the balloon is inflated with saline. The patient returns to the Cancer Center twice a day for treatment on an outpatient basis where a radioactive “seed” is inserted within the inflated balloon.
Dr. John Brown, a surgeon on the medical staff, approached the foundation about providing a place for women to stay after the hospital began utilizing this new intensive therapy and the foundation board chose this as one of its first projects.
The foundation launched the project by designating $4,000 for furnishings. Additional donations have been received from Jones Home Furnishings, Alexander’s Mattress World, and Helm’s Jewelry. Donations by individuals will be used to provide drinks and snacks for the patients between treatments.
Plans are to extend the services to other cancer treatment patients as donations enable the foundation to refurbish the upstairs of the home. Donations may be sent to: The Retreat Fund, Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation, 1224 Trotwood Avenue, Columbia, Tennessee 38401. For more information about the Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation, call 931.380.4075.
The Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation was established in October 2006 for the purpose of advancing the mission of the hospital. Financial support received through the Foundation is used for projects including community health initiatives, education scholarships, and other health-related projects.