March 3, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vital Chemo Treatment Unit Funded by Top Myrtle Beach Developer
Myrtle Beach, SC - Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc., a family owned, Horry County based developer and operator of lifestyle residential and resort communities, entertainment-sports-recreation and commercial enterprises since 1895, has made a $250,000 contribution to fund the Burroughs & Chapin Chemotherapy/Infusion Suite at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The Burroughs & Chapin Chemotherapy/Infusion Suite will provide cancer patients from throughout the state with chemotherapy and medical infusion services in a comfortable, calm setting. Outside of Charleston County, Hollings Cancer Center sees the largest number of patients from Horry County. The Suite will be located on the second floor in the new expansion of the Hollings Cancer Center and will overlook the Pearlstine Healing Garden. The Suite is designed with flexibility for cancer patients and their caregivers. Sliding screens for privacy, reclining chairs and beds, chairs for caregivers, personal televisions and music players, are just a few of the amenities.
Hollings Cancer Center sees over 8,000 patients for chemotherapy each year, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Suite is open on the weekends and holidays to provide infusion support for the Bone Marrow Transplant and solid organ transplant programs. The Suite also supports the clinics by giving IV fluids and blood transfusions on an as needed basis to patients. The Suite is staffed by four full-time chemotherapy certified RN's.
"This generous gift made by Burroughs & Chapin is a significant contribution to the new building and addresses a vital patient need at Hollings Cancer Center," said Dr. Andrew S. Kraft, director of the Cancer Center.
"Cancer is a devastating illness and the treatments that are necessary for one to overcome it are often difficult, even harsh to experience," said J. Egerton Burroughs, chairman of the board of Burroughs & Chapin Company. "It is the hope of our shareholders, board of directors and employees that the Burroughs & Chapin Chemotherapy/Infusion Suite at MUSC's Hollings Cancer Center will ease that difficult path as much as is humanly possible by providing patients and their caregivers, including those from Horry County, with enhanced opportunities for dignity, privacy and a calming environment."
It is estimated that more than 17,375 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in S.C. in the next year. Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in S.C. One of every two males and one of every three females will develop cancer at some time in their lives.
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