smSANTA MARIA, CA – May 16, 2016 – The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual Day of Hope community event raised more than $146,000 to support cancer care at Mission Hope Cancer Center.

Thanks to overwhelming support from our local community businesses, civic groups, students and individuals, the third annual Day of Hope was a great success, far exceeding the event’s goal and raising a total of $146,670.  All Day of Hope donor contributions are applied to Marian Cancer Care, bringing vital programs and services to Mission Hope Cancer Center patients and families.

“It was both an encouraging and inspirational day throughout the Santa Maria Valley as people from all walks of life rallied in support of the third annual Day of Hope event,” said Monica Rocco, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Mission Hope Breast Care Center.  “The unexpected diagnosis and journey of cancer often brings exhausting emotional challenges and financial burdens.  What is special about Day of Hope is that all event proceeds remain local and are used to help Central Coast cancer patients by funding patient outreach services, the latest medical equipment and technology, and support programs.”

The third annual Day of Hope took place on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, with 60 enthusiastic teams comprised of 560 community volunteers. Event participants took to the streets between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m., uniting for one purpose: to sell $1.00 ‘special edition’ Day of Hope Santa Maria Times and Lompoc Record newspapers in support of Marian Cancer Care patients and families at Mission Hope Cancer Center.

“The success of Day of Hope is due to the overwhelming support of our compassionate community,” states Jessa Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy, Marian Regional Medical Center. “This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our event partner—the Santa Maria Times—and the event’s sponsors, team leaders, and all community supporters. On behalf of the care team and patients at Mission Hope Cancer Center, we would like to wholeheartedly thank all those who contributed towards making this year’s event a great success.”

Although the 2016 Day of Hope event has concluded, community members can still make donations in support of local cancer patients and families at Mission Hope Cancer Center. For more information about the ways you can give, please contact the Marian Foundation at 805.739.3595.

 

About Mission Hope Cancer Center

Mission Hope Cancer Center, located on the Marian Regional Medical Center campus, is the region’s only advanced comprehensive cancer care center.  Highly specialized physicians, oncology nurses and therapists provide integrated oncology care to the Central Coast.  Mission Hope features the most advanced technology and provides the entire spectrum of cancer care and a multitude of support services and therapies.  This state-of-the-art facility unites Santa Maria oncology treatment, imaging, research, education and outreach services at one location.  Mission Hope Cancer Center is affiliated with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and provides advanced opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials.  It is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and received seven commendations.  The Marian Cancer Care Program at Mission Hope Cancer Center is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest designation awarded to community cancer centers and Marian is one of only three designated programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/