In 2015 Service League of Greenville members pledged $2 million for a Healing Garden as part of the new Cancer Center located adjacent to the East Carolina Heart Institute at Vidant Medical Center. Once completed, the new facility will provide both inpatient and outpatient cancer services.
Last month, all Service League members were invited to attend a preview presentation by Vidant Medical Center and Vidant Health Foundation to update us on what has been happening with the cancer center and what our money will be helping to achieve.
Here are a few highlights from the comprehensive and thoughtful presentations by Phyllis DeAntonio, System Service Line Administrator of Cancer Care for Vidant Medical Center; Elaine Cunningham, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Varessa Wall, Director of Development, Vidant Health Foundation; Eva Marie Dyba, Major Gifts Officer, Vidant Health Foundation; and, Blair Vick, Event Coordinator, Vidant Health Foundation:
- The importance of a cancer care center to Eastern North Carolina.
- A video interview with our own Past President Mary Lee Hobbie Speaks From The Heart about what the Service League’s support for the Cancer Center means to her and other Service League members.
- An artist rendering of the beautiful healing garden with meditation labyrinth (lower left).
Although the exterior of the cancer center is looking to be near completion these day, the doors won’t officially open until 2018. (You can watch the Cancer Center’s progression on Vidant’s construction cam video.)
Service League members and Vidant team ride a bus past the construction zone on their way to touring an actual mock-up of both an infusion treatment suite and care room.
- In this mock infusion suite, league members see how patients will be able to view the healing garden provided by their pledge.
In all, four groups from the Service League attended presentations by hospital and foundation staff. Our thanks to the dedicated team of ladies who answered our many questions and who share our passion and commitment to the well-being of Eastern North Carolina.