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The people we call cancer heroes are your neighbors, friends and family.   Find out how you can help by calling the Community Medical Center Foundation at 406.327.HERO (4376), or Give Now.

Cancer doesn’t play fair.  This year it will disrupt the lives of 1 in 5 Montanans.  When cancer strikes, our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, friends, and neighbors become heroes. A hero, according to Merriam-Webster, is “a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.”  At Community’s Cancer Care Center, we call these people - - patients.

Cancer patients can face fear and uncertainty every day, yet they keep showing up—for treatments, for their families, sometimes even for work.  In other words, they show up for life.  That takes courage.  It’s something you might not notice from the outside, but friends and family see it every day.  Their loved one is doing the hard work of cancer treatment while still being there – for a child’s birthday, a family holiday or maybe just for dinner.

These are indeed braves acts and fine qualities.  And while the last label our patients would use for themselves is “hero,” in our eyes, it should be the first.

If you have cancer, your first priority is expert treatment.  At Community’s Cancer Care Center we go one better:  You get a team of cancer care professionals, working together to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Your care team is multidisciplinary and includes physicians, nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, and spiritual care providers —all focusing on the unique needs of each patient.  That starts with your cancer therapy itself, but it extends much further.  If you need a ride to your treatments, we can help.  When you need someone just to listen, we’re here for you.  When you need a hug, our arms are open.

If that seems like the kind of care you’d give your own family, you’re right.  At Community’s Cancer Care Center, our patients become part of our lives.  You can see it in the faces of our cancer care providers.  These individuals are heroes.

Fighting cancer is never easy.  But today’s cancer care uses new therapies that can result in improved outcomes along with fewer side effects.  At Community Medical Center’s new Cancer Care Center, we use advanced technology and treatments along with another tool that we consider essential: Coordinated care.

When your cancer care is coordinated, it means your physicians, nurses, therapists and other experts work together to plan your treatment and assess your progress.  It’s a powerful team approach that offers Western Montana some of the best local and regional providers, and advanced care.  And our cancer care team keeps you and your family as the most important team members.

You’ll find these special features at the Center:

• A nurse navigator to guide patients through all aspects of their care
• Advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies
• Private and semi-private infusion bays
• Comfortable beds in private rooms
• Reclining infusion chairs, some with heat and massage
• A quiet room for family and visitors
• Private spaces for counseling about genetic, financial and other issues
• Nutrition Center
• On-call meals at chair-side from our Big Sky Café
• Community Boutique where patients can get advice on wigs, skin care, makeup and other aspects of looking good to feel better
• Ample walking space and open views of meadows and mountains
• Conference room for the patient care team to discuss treatment
• Healing Garden
• Prevention and education programs
• The only American Cancer Society Resource Center in our community
• Ipads on loan during treatments, with Netflix streaming

“HEROES IN CANCER CARE” is the $2 million dollar Campaign for Community Cancer Care initiated by the Community Medical Center Foundation.  Through the Campaign, you can support:

• Patient Care Affordability.  Cancer doesn’t ask about your insurance before it strikes, and many people struggle to pay for their treatments.  Your donation can help these patients get the care they need.
• Education and Prevention.  With your help, we can provide low-cost screenings to find cancer early, when it’s easier to treat.  You can also help us get the word out about ways everyone can lower their cancer risks.
• Facility Innovation.  As research continues to uncover new ways to treat cancer, your contributions can help us stay at the leading edge.
• Cancer Care Endowment.  This is a real pay-it-forward opportunity.  Any funds raised that exceed the needs of the current campaign will support future cancer care initiatives.

The people we call cancer heroes are your neighbors, friends and family.   Find out how you can help by calling the Community Medical Center Foundation at 406.327.HERO (4376), or Give Now.

About Our Foundation

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide resources, funding, and leadership toward supporting and enhancing the mission, vision and values of Community Medical Center.

In providing support of its mission, the Foundation:

  • seeks out and properly receives, invests, and distributes grants or gifts;
  • identifies and cultivates relationships with individuals, groups, corporations, foundations and agencies who share the vision of a healthier community and region and who may be in a position to invest in that vision;
  • informs the residents of the community and the region about opportunities available to them to invest in the quality of life of their community and region through mutually beneficial gifts of time, money, or property to the Foundation;
  • educates local, state and national corporations, foundations and agencies regarding the services, needs, goals, and accomplishments in healthcare in our region as a basis for obtaining their financial support;
  • nurtures a partnership between Community Medical Center and the communities it serves;
  • promotes the purposes and interests of Community Medical Center and its affiliated organizations in serving the healthcare needs of the communities and region it serves; and
  • carries out such other activities as are necessary to further the Foundation’s non-profit tax-exempt purposes.

Our Story
In 1988, the Community Medical Center Foundation started out with a modest $318,000 net worth and a not-so-modest mission: to support medical excellence and ensure continuous growth in medical programs and ongoing improvement in the facilities of the Community Medical Center.  Thanks to that tradition of grass roots gift giving and a core of legacy supporters including E.W. Lister, Paul Chumrau, Mary Bell, Bill and Rosemary Gallagher, and R.H. "Ty" Robinson, the Foundation offers a variety of giving opportunities to those who want to impact the caring, quality healthcare provided at Community Medical Center.

Today, the tradition of giving continues as we support our HEROES IN CANCER CARE CAMPAIGN (make this “clickable” to launch to the “IMPACT” link under “WHY GIVE”

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