News | July 24, 2009

Beekley Donates $1 Million to Fund Breast Care Center

Kurt A. Barwis, Bristol Hospital president and CEO, Ayn S. LaPlante, Beekley Corp. president and CEO, Eva Wickwire, Bristol Hospital chief development officer.

July 24, 2009 - Beekley Corporation and the Beekley Family Foundation donated a one million dollar combined gift to Bristol Hospital to help fund its new comprehensive breast care center.

In recognition of this generous gift to the community, the center will be named The Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital.

The Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness at Bristol Hospital, a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary breast care center, will offer a full spectrum of clinical and support services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. The Center will support the Planetree model of care that provides a patient-centered holistic approach to health care - promoting mental, emotional, spiritual, social and physical healing for patients and their families. Construction should begin in early 2010 with completion anticipated in the spring of 2011.

A medical products company dedicated to creating innovative solutions to improve diagnostic communication, Beekley Corp. introduced the first ever professional skin marker for diagnostic imaging, developed the “marking for meaning” shape system for mammography, and is known as the innovative force and world leader of radiologic skin markers, biopsy and patient care devices for mammography; breast biopsy; radiation therapy; MRI; CT-scan and general imaging.

Beekley Corp. and Bristol Hospital have been partners in supporting the fight against breast cancer for many years. Beekley Associates annually raise funds through a number of efforts to support the hospital’s free mammogram program and currently provide eight days of free mammograms each year for women who are uninsured in the community.

The Cancer Care Center is affiliated with the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, which has provided for the expansion and advancement of Bristol Hospital’s cancer services to patients and their families in the communities served by Bristol Hospital. This partnership with the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network also provides access to clinical resources, preventive and curative clinical research trials, and other support services from Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Cancer Center. The Cancer Care Center has also recently expanded its clinical staff with the recent addition of two new female oncologists, Dr. Sapna Khubchandani, and Dr. Driola Brahaj, who are joining the staff this summer.

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