Marshall Medical Center is embarking on the community phase of its capital
campaign to expand and consolidate cancer services in Cameron Park. One
of the last independent health systems in the state, Marshall fills this
critical role by responding to the specific needs of our community. Having
long sought to bring needed health services closer to home, the campaign
will help to raise awareness of the importance of having high quality
care for cancer patients consolidated into one central location.
At Marshall Medical Center alone, more than 350 new cancer cases were diagnosed
in 2012, including 69 new breast cancer patients. With the ongoing population
growth of El Dorado County's Western Slope, and the aging baby-boomer
population, those numbers are expected to increase dramatically in the
coming years. “Survival rates are excellent when diagnosed early,”
explained Karen Good, executive director of Marshall Foundation for Community
Health. “About 71% of women in California are diagnosed at an early
stage. Fortunately this is happening to more women, as we have seen in
our county. If cancer is localized to the breast at diagnosis, the five
year survival is 100%.”
These facts are driving an important new initiative to consolidate and
expand Marshall Medical Center’s accredited cancer program into
a comprehensive and modern campus that will support all those who live
and work in El Dorado County. The $8 million project will:
- reconfigure the existing 8,440-square-foot building in Cameron Park;
- relocate off-site cancer services to this convenient, consolidated location;
• expand key services and treatment areas;
- purchase a PET/CT scanner and state-of-the-art mammography equipment for
diagnostic purposes; and
- install a linear accelerator for patient treatment.
All of this will enhance Marshall Medical Center’s ability to provide
the latest, state of the art cancer care locally so our patients aren't
traveling far distances, which is so important, especially when undergoing
radiation or chemotherapy treatment.
The Community Campaign Cabinet, co-chaired by area leaders Jim and Maureen
Carter and Barbara Ashwill, will be responsible for fundraising. They
encourage members of the community to consider helping to make this important
project a reality. The campaign goal of $1.5 million will allow Marshall
to reconfigure the 8,440-square-foot building at its Cameron Park campus.
With over $900,000 raised to date, the community is well on its way to success.
Marshall Foundation for Community Health was established in 1974 to assist
Marshall Medical Center and the community in providing needed resources
to keep its community healthier. For further information, please contact
Executive Director Karen Good at 530- 642-9984 or email email@example.com
to discuss how you can help with this vital improvement.