Helmsley Center Campaign Successfully Raises $2.5 Million in Matching Funds
This evening at the celebration event for the opening of the Helmsley Center in Pierre, chairs of the community-based Helmsley Center Dollar for Dollar Match Challenge announced that this campaign has been successful in raising $2.5 million.
This means that $2.5 million will be matched by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, in addition to the $7.5 million granted to the project by Helmsley. Together, generous donors and the Helmsley Charitable Trust are contributing $12.5 million toward this $30 million project.
“We are incredibly grateful to a large group of donors – both large and small – who stepped up to support this effort to bring world-class cancer care to Pierre,” said Karl Adam of Pierre, who chaired the community campaign with his wife, Joan.
“Through our own family’s journey as our son, Conrad, was treated for cancer, we understand in a very personal way how important it is to have a full range of cancer care available, close to home,” Joan Adam said.
After this date, additional funds raised will be placed in an endowment fund for future cancer care needs in Pierre.
For the first time, radiation oncology will be offered in Pierre. “That’s a victory for patients and their families who in the past have had to drive hundreds of miles or be away from home for days at a time,” said Avera St. Mary’s President and Chief Medical Officer Mikel Holland, MD.
A fully digital Elekta™ Infinity linear accelerator in the Helmsley Center offers enhanced imaging and a full range of radiation treatments.
While medical oncology services have already been offered in Pierre for some time, these services are now enhanced. This includes infusion suites that are connected to the oncology clinic so patients can receive care in one convenient location.
“The opening of the Helmsley Center and the addition of radiology oncology services is a monumental step forward for patients and their families facing a cancer diagnosis in central South Dakota,” said Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust. “Helmsley is committed to improving access to health care in rural America. This project fully encompasses how a health system, community and philanthropy can work together to make care close to home a reality.”
Other specialties housed in the 57,000-square-foot Helmsley Center include orthopedics and podiatry; physical medicine and rehabilitation; interventional pain medicine; dermatology; ear, nose and throat; urology; and specialty outreach clinics. The center is equipped with telemedicine equipment for access to specialty visits through Avera eCARE®.
Features and amenities include the Riverstone Bistro, two healing gardens, a multicultural room, and a meditation room decorated with stained glass from the decommissioned Catholic Church in Worthing, S.D., donated to Avera by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. The main floor also features 120 green Amazonite stones within the floor to represent Avera St. Mary’s Hospital’s 120 years of service.
“The Helmsley Center is a wonderful addition to the Pierre community and Avera St. Mary’s Hospital. We are so grateful to the Helmsley Charitable Trust and many donors whose generosity made this all possible. We are thrilled to be able to bring cancer services and other specialty care offered in Pierre to the next level through this incredible facility,” Holland said.
A public open house is set for Sunday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.