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Large gift supports cancer technology at HaysMed

6/5/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Hays Medical Center Foundation received a second large gift towards its $1.3 million campaign, Envision a Future without Cancer … One Patient at a Time.

The campaign will help support the purchase of a linear accelerator with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy capability for the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute.

Lillian Schumacher, Hays and formerly of Victoria, has contributed a significant gift of $100,000 to the foundation. Schumacher previously has made investments at HaysMed for diagnostic and radiation equipment, the nurse residency program, facility construction and renovation and many other healthcare programs. The Cancer Institute was named in honor of her parents, Leo and Albina Dreiling, and Hays residents Bob and Pat Schmidt.

SBRT is a significant advancement in radiation therapy that maintains the effectiveness of standard treatment and greatly decreases the number of times a patient needs to come in for treatment. A high dose of radiation is targeted precisely at a patient’s tumor, and healthy tissue is avoided. A standard radiation treatment program of four to nine weeks of daily treatments can be reduced to a total of fivetreatments. Faster delivery times also improve patient comfort during treatments.

“Lillian’s generous gifts have had a tremendous impact on the quality health care available for the people of our region.” said Dr. John Jeter, president and CEO of HaysMed. “We are extremely grateful that she continues the legacy of her parents’ philanthropic contributions.”

Donations for the Envision Campaign can be sent to the HaysMed Foundation at 2220 Canterbury Drive, Hays, KS 67601, or can be made online at www.haysmedfoundation.org/envision.