Preparations are well under way for the Angel Medical Center Radiothon to raise funds for their Outpatient Medicine Expansion project. The Radiothon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the great wall below the AMC Emergency Room.
“We encourage the community to support our first Radiothon and their local hospital,” said Bonnie Peggs, director of Marketing & PR for AMC. “A fun-filled day has been planned as we work to raise $300,000 in donations and pledges for our Outpatient Medicine Expansion.”
Why the need for expansion? The outpatient medicine department has grown to see more than 19,000 patients each year. This figure represents 25 percent of the total annual patient visits to all AMC departments and facilities. According to Peggs, the current space is simply not large enough to accommodate the needs of patients and especially those requiring chemotherapy.
“One of the main focuses of the expansion will be to increase the size of Angel’s chemotherapy treatment facility from five chairs to 14 chairs,” stated Jim Bross, AMC CEO. “The volume of patients needing chemotherapy has increased by approximately 500 percent. That is a sobering number.”