Capital Campaign – Building Hope

Capital Campaign for the Bismarck Cancer Center

 The demand for cancer treatment is growing and is project to increase even more. The Bismarck Cancer Center is currently unable to accomodate this growth without action. This need has sparked a new initiative for the Cancer Center to expand space and invest in necessary medical equipment. 

The estimated cost of this initative is $16M. The Center will cover most of the cost through past savings and investments, leaving the remaining $6M. We are inviting individual donors, local businesses and foundations to join us in our mission to fight cancer. 

Capital Campaign Donor Spotlight

$250,000 Pledged to the Capital Campaign by Starion Bank

The Bismarck Cancer Center is one step closer to reaching its Capital Campaign goal because of Starion Bank’s recent $250,000 pledge to the campaign. It’s one of the largest donations in the Bismarck Cancer Center’s history and Starion Bank takes pride in impacting and changing lives within their communities.

According to Bismarck Mandan Market President, Lee Weisbeck, donating to the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign was an easy community project to say yes to.

“The Bismarck Cancer Center is a place of hope for many individuals and their families that are fighting battles with cancer and they bring the highest quality radiation treatments the region,” said Weisbeck, “These types of treatments have worked to improve the quality of life and length of life for countless individuals, and the work from the Cancer Center’s staff is invaluable in many ways.”

Starion’s name will be proudly placed on the Bismarck Cancer Center’s main lobby for years to come. Weisbeck says Starion feels the work that the Bismarck Cancer Center does for the community is changing and impacting lives on a daily basis.

“With the unfortunate yet growing need for cancer treatments, expanding the BCC with extra equipment and space will positively benefit our region,” Weisbeck adds. “With these expansions, the Cancer Center will be able to treat more people in less time. This ultimately saves more lives, providing more hope, and impacting our community even further than the Center already has.”

The donation follows a significant fundraising year for the campaign to expand the first floor and add a second floor to the Bismarck Cancer Center. These changes will include new exam rooms, an expanded conference room for education and support groups, two family counseling rooms, and will add medical equipment, including a third linear accelerator (treatment machine), and a second CT scanner for additional specialized treatment. The capital campaign now has raised nearly $1.9 million so far from outside donations with a little over $2 million left to reach their $4 million goal. 

 

For a full listing of Healing Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign donors, please visit the Campaign Donors link,

A Letter From the Director

Dear Friends of the Bismarck Cancer Center,

Since 1999, we have served the community of Bismarck and surrounding areas through the generosity of our many benefactors. This support has allowed us to serve thousands of patients and their families by providing state-of-the-art cancer treatment and wrap-around service. Unfortunately, the demand for cancer treatment is growing and is project to grow even more. We are unable to accommodate this growth without action. 

Our Board of Trustees, comprised of representatives from both Sanford Health Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Health, along with Cancer Center leadership, have developed a plan to address the growing demands of our services in the local community. We are excited to begin a new initiative for the Cancer Center to include the construction of a second floor, the renovation of the first floor, and the addition of necessary medical equipment.

The estimated cost of this immediate initiative is $14 million. The Center will cover most of the cost through past savings and investments, leaving the remaining $4 million. In addition to our current goal, a need to soon replace our existing treatment machines will raise our overall goal to $16 million with $6 million to fund. Therefore, we have officially launched the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign. We are inviting individual donors, local businesses, and foundations to join us in our mission to fight cancer.

With the generous support of our local community, I am confident we will reach our goals.

With Gratitude,

Amy, Executive Director

“I just want to thank each of you in advance for supporting this campaign with your contribution. With your commitment to this campaign, you can ensure that the Bismarck Cancer Center will continue to grow and serve this community in the years ahead.”

Dr. Robert Reynolds

Medical Director/Radiation Oncologist, BCC

Capital Campaign Media

     Outside view

     Treatment Room

     Meeting Room

Planning Study Results

Project Goals

The finished project will:

Provided much-needed space through the construction of a second floor and renovation of the first floor, including:

  • Three new exam rooms
  • One special procedure room
  • Expanded massage therapy room
  • Expanded conference room for education and support groups
  • Two family counseling rooms
  • Onsite cancer registry
  • Dedicated HRD (High Dose Rate Brachytherapy) Suite
  • Expanded patient registration space

The project will add medical equipment, including:

  • A third linear accelerator (treatment machine)
  • A second CT scanner for additional specialized treatment

       

View our Campaign Video

Observations of feasibility study
  • Participants feel the demand is strong and the Center needs to move forward with this initiative to help more people.
  • Based on the work the Center does for the community, and the staff, the respondents favorably support the BCC expansion.
  • Respondents do indicate a concern for COVID-19 and the subsequent economic effect. However, interview respondents do not believe it will prevent the Cancer Center from having a successful campaign.
  • The mission of the Center and the need for the initiative to best serve patients and their families will contribute to the success of this project.
  • Click here for a report summary. 
Fundraising Goals

Since 2007, new patients at the Bismarck Cancer Center have increased by 70%.

New Bismarck Cancer Center patients are expected to increase an extra 30% by 2030.

The Board of Trustees, comprised of leaders from CHI St. Alexius Health and Sanford Health, along with Cancer Center leadership have determined an expansion is necessary. Because of foresight and past savings from leadership, the Bismarck Cancer Center has already saved $10 million for this project.

The goal of the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign is to raise an additional $4 million to bring the total cost of the project to $14 million.

A Triumph Goal of an additional $2 million will help with the future replacement of aging medical equipment.

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Contact Us

We are excited to share the Bismarck Cancer Center’s story with the community. Please contact Dana for more information or details on the Capital Campaign. 

Dana Hager, Committee Member
500 N 8th Street | Bismarck ND 58501
dhager@bismarckcancercenter.com
Phone: 701-222-6145

Capital Campaign Committee
Volunteer NameRole
Amy GrossChair
Sara KelschChair
Mayor Steve BakkenHonorary Chair
Renee DaffinrudGeneral Chair
John EvansonGeneral Chair
David WaldGeneral Chair
Loren BalkowitschCommittee Member
Wayne BeutlerCommittee Member
Mike BormannCommittee Member
Deb ColtonCommittee Member
Andrea Doerr-GreffCommittee Member
Lolly DuttonCommittee Member
Dale ElyCommittee Member
Dana HagerCommittee Member
Duey JohnsonCommittee Member
Andrea KilzerCommittee Member
Melissa KleinCommittee Member
Dr. Cole KreofskyCommittee Member
Patty MathisenCommittee Member
Paul MorthCommittee Member
Dr. Robert ReynoldsCommittee Member
Tara SchilkeCommittee Member
Holly SteierCommittee Member
Paul StubbsCommittee Member
Angie SvihovecCommittee Member
Tina WetzelCommittee Member
Jill WieseCommittee Member
Linn ZanderCommittee Member
Steier GroupDevelopment Counsel