Special to The Hays Daily News

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has awarded the HaysMed Foundation a $100,000 grant towards the purchase of a new linear accelerator with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) capability for the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute. The linear accelerator is the key equipment for delivering radiation. The current radiation equipment is 14 years old and is not compatible with SBRT.

SBRT offers a highly focused beam, which hits the cancer target with extreme accuracy. There are several major benefits of SBRT including pinpoint precision, decreased number of treatments and reduced cost. Current patients eligible for SBRT treatment must travel to Kansas City or Wichita.

"We are so thankful that the Hansen Foundation continues to help make the communities in northwest Kansas even better places to live," stated Dr. John Jeter, President and CEO of HaysMed. "We believe everyone in western Kansas deserves great healthcare and convenient access to the best treatment options available. The generosity of the Hansen Foundation helps carry out this mission."

The HaysMed Foundation continues to seek  private funds to help HaysMed obtain the linear accelerator with SBRT capability. The Foundation has established a fundraising campaign, Envision A Future Without Cancer to raise a minimum of $1.3 million toward the $3 million cost of this essential equipment. The Medical Center has committed to paying the remaining balance.

Anyone interested in contributing to the Envision Campaign can call (785) 623-2350, email HYPERLINK "mailto:ruth.heffel@haysmed.com" ruth.heffel@haysmed.com, write the HaysMed Foundation, 2220 Canterbury Drive, Hays, Kansas 67601 or visit the website at HYPERLINK "http://www.haysmedfoundation.org/envision" www.haysmedfoundation.org/envision.