Breast Center Renovation Project Off to Incredible Start

PeaceHealth St. John Foundation's December 8th 2012 fundraising event “A Star Affaire” kicked off the fundraising campaign for renovation of the PeaceHealth Breast Center with a staggering $1.865 million dollar night, far exceeding the annual event’s previous record.  The Star Affaire marks the kick-off of PeaceHealth St. John Foundation’s efforts to raise money for a vital enhancement of breast care services at PeaceHealth St. John.

“We will use these funds to renovate the PeaceHealth Breast Center, transforming it into a modern healing center” said PeaceHealth St. John Foundation Executive Director Cathy Barr. “It’s the next step in providing the women of our community the best possible breast care.”

Saturday night’s gala was the 11th annual Star Affaire event, and featured both live and silent auctions, along with entertainment. The evening’s fundraising total was boosted by two significant gifts, a $200,000 commitment from the Friends of St. John Medical Center, and a $1.2 million dollar gift from Lee and Connie Kearney, key supporters of the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. In 2009 the Kearney’s donated more than $2 million to make the Kearney Breast Center in Vancouver a reality. The Kearney Breast Center features numerous design and artistic touches from Connie Kearney, who is a breast cancer survivor. During the Star Affaire, Connie shared a pro-active early diagnosis message with the audience. “I am fortunate my cancer was detected early. It is very important that mammograms be provided on a regular basis.” Lee Kearney told the audience that his wife’s experience with breast cancer was sobering. “It really hit home for us the importance of early detection, and of access to good healthcare services. We toured the PeaceHealth Breast Center, learned about the proposed improvements, and knew it was something we wanted to help with. We’re very happy to be involved with the effort to make an enhanced breast care center a reality in Longview.”
The renovation project carries a price tag of $2.3 million, which the St. John Foundation will work hard to raise. Donors are encouraged to call the Foundation at (360) 414-7900 to help bring the renovation project to completion.

About Breast Care Services at PeaceHealth St. John
The PeaceHealth Breast Center is accredited by the NAPBC, and features certified mammography techs, board certified radiologists, and board certified physicians providing imaging services, breast MRI, diagnostic breast ultrasound, ductography, and minimally invasive breast biopsies. The PeaceHealth Breast Center combines and integrates all the components for multi-disciplinary breast care: surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology, and survivorship.

About the Project

The renovation and enhancement of the PeaceHealth Breast Center carries an estimated cost of $2.3 million, which will be paid for through donated funds. When completed in October of 2013 the new PeaceHealth Breast Center will incorporate design with function. Goals include improving patient experience by providing central check-in for all breast-related issues and concerns. All services will be scheduled and offered through the same point of entry, eliminating confusion for patients. Existing spaces will be redesigned to accommodate computer based imaging systems, allowing for upgraded imaging technologies. Waiting areas will be expanded, and a new examination room and consultation room will be added. Construction is targeted to begin in spring 2013.

About the Kearneys

Lee and Connie Kearney have a long history of philanthropy. In addition to their key support of the Kearney Breast Center at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the Kearneys are also supporters of a diverse group of projects and programs including the Oregon State University College of Engineering, the Creighton University School of Law, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. The Kearneys were named the 2011 Philanthropists of the Year by the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.