Marquette General Foundation Open House

The radiation oncology department at Marquette General Hospital hosted an open house this afternoon.

The Marquette General Foundation did it to show how the community’s generosity is helping cancer patients.

One of the newest pieces of equipment at the hospital is a new linear accelerator.

It came online in December.

It not only speeds up treatment of cancer patients, but allows for more precise targeting of cancerous tissue.

Marquette General Foundation planned giving and major gifts manager Jim LaJoie says it cost $6 million and the foundation’s ‘Accelerate the Future’ campaign raised more than $3.1 million of that cost.

And this isn’t the only fundraising drive the foundation has had lately.

Its $155,000 drive to buy stereotactic breast biopsy equipment should end soon.

LaJoie says the foundation is within $15,000 of that goal and the hospital expects to be able to order the equipment soon.

Posted by: Mike Hoey