October 27, 2015 was a great day at Beekley for our Associates and invited guests from Bristol Hospital: Kurt Barwis President & CEO Bristol Hospital, Sai Varanasi, MD- Breast Surgeon, Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital, Jane Kanowitz, MD - Medical Director of Oncology Services and the Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center,and Kathy Albano, Nurse Navigator - Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital.
Regular readers of our BeekSpeak blog know that for the last 3 years, our two charitable events (the ARC Angel Golf Tournament and Designer Handbag Bingo) have been raising funds to go towards the purchase of a new Digital Breast Tomosynthesis unit for the Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital. Each event had it's best year to date bringing in a combined total of $50,000.
At "In the Pink," a special information exchange for Beekley Associates (see video montage below), the volunteers for each event were recognized and Beekley President and CEO Ayn S. LaPlant had the honor of presenting the check for the $50,000 raised to Kurt Barwis, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital.
But wait, there's more!
However, in a "But wait, there's more!" moment, Ayn presented Kurt with yet another check for $50,000! The Beekley Family Foundation matched the funds raised by the golf tournament and bingo to bring the total donation to $100,000 to the surprise and joy of everyone present.
Ayn was not the only one with a surprise up her sleeve though.
In his address to Beekley Associates, Kurt announced that the new tomo unit had recently been installed and training was underway. 3D mammograms will soon be available for the women in our local community.
Kurt stressed how much the hospital values their partnership with Beekley and other private donors, It's through these partnerships and a shared sense of mission that enable local hospitals to invest in the best technology and attract top talent and highly skilled practitioners, especially these days when state funds are getting cut and reimbursements for services rendered through medicare are dependent on a variety of factors as set forth by the Affordable Care Act.
We at Beekley are both grateful and proud that we can help make a positive difference in the healthcare of our community.
"In the Pink Day" at Beekley: