Cancer Care Support

Cancer Care Support

Bronson Health Foundation is committed to supporting the important work of the Cancer Care and Oncology teams throughout the Bronson system. As the local healthcare system, Bronson is dedicated to provided exceptional care to our communities. Through philanthropy, the dollars raised by the generosity of the community, Bronson is able to do so much more. Here are some of the ways that Bronson Health Foundation is making an impact in cancer care.

Cancer Treatment Endowment

The Cancer Treatment Endowment promotes enhanced services and treatment for cancer patients, provide equipment which will assist patients or family care providers, provide respite opportunities, support community-based research, and to support staff education and training.

Cancer patients have a continuum of care that includes in-patient oncology services, as well as out-patient treatment provided by the West Michigan Cancer Center. Cancer knows no boundaries as to gender, race or age.

Thanks to funds raised by the Karl Kucab Memorial Golf Tournament, philanthropy has allowed Bronson Health Foundation to fund:

Post-Op Breast Cancer Comfort Bags: Breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or excisional biopsy at Bronson now have a little added comfort after surgery. Each patient receives a Bronson Comfort Bag. This program benefits 500 patients annually.

The comfort bags we will provide to our breast cancer surgery patients will give them a few things to help make their recovery easier and we are grateful for the chance to do this.” – Bronson Oncology Nurse Navigator

Drainage bulb holders: The JP drain holder holds our mastectomy patients’ drains in place after surgery. Our patients were using safety pins to pin the drain to the inside of their shirt. Some patients have up to four drains, so it’s difficult and quite bulky to pin four separate bulbs to a shirt. The drain holder has alleviated a lot of the frustrations and complications our patients have in dealing with their drains. It allows the drains to always remain secure to the patient’s body while giving them the freedom to remove their clothing as needed. Having to unpin drains frequently can increase the risk of them accidentally getting pulled out. It also protects our patients’ clothing from getting holes due to the safety pins.

Massage Chair
: A hospital grade massage chair has been purchased for use on Bronson’s Inpatient Oncology Unit.

We believe our cancer patients are a very special population with complex needs. We have the opportunity to care for these patients during a very vulnerable time in their lives. Often times we are caring for these patients from the time of diagnosis, therapy, transition to home, or unfortunate death. Research studies have proven that massage therapy can be a nonpharmacological option to promote healing, reduce nausea, & pain. We hope the massage chair will be complementary in easing symptoms and coping with their illness.” –Nurse Manager, Oncology Unit

Educational Resources for Patients and Staff
: Bronson’s Oncology Nurse Navigators chose 20 different books from the American Cancer Society to provide as resources for patients and families as they are coping with any type of cancer diagnosis. They also chose purchased two Colon Cancer models to use for patient education with colon cancer patients and their families.

Finding out that you have cancer is such an overwhelming feeling. As navigators our role is to help our patients along the journey. Being able to provide resources to educate patients about their cancer diagnosis helps them feel that they are not alone.” – Bronson Oncology Nurse Navigator

Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Fund

The BBC Cancer Care Fund supports special needs of the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, including:

  • Assuring patients have access to needed medications, transportation, nourishment, durable medical equipment etc.
  • Purchase new equipment as well as replacing or upgrading technology
  • Patient and staff education
  • Patient and survivor activities/celebrations
  • Research related support

Bronson Battle Creek Capital Support

Thanks to the generous support of the Battle Creek Community, capital support has been invested at Bronson Battle Creek to supply the Cancer Care Center with a state-of-the-art Linear Accelerator with HyperArc. This new linear accelerator advances patient care and elevate Bronson’s comprehensive and high-quality cancer program in Battle Creek

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic provides highly specialized care to children and young adults with disorders of the blood or cancer. Bronson understands the importance of providing information and education to patients and families about their condition and treatment. This can be a frightening time for children and families and we take extra steps to provide comfort and support. We treat children and young adults for Cancer, Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, Sickle Cell disease, Blood clotting disorders, and other rare blood disorders.

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fund supports the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic with an emphasis on enhancements to and safeguarding the patient experience. This includes but is not limited to programs and activities for patients and families, training and education for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology staff, and new technologies for the clinic.

In 2015 and 2016, the Foundation was able to utilize donor funds to provide the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic with a makeover. This makeover includes new artwork on the walls of the waiting and exam rooms, new exam tables, new furniture in the waiting room, exam rooms, and the group infusion room. Also, new gaming area, arts and crafts area, lighting fixtures and mural in the group infusion room as well as brand new toys for all patients to enjoy. We were also able to provide four iPads for patients to use for distraction and entertainment.

Journey Beads Program

The Bronson Children’s Hospital Journey Beads help young patients honor their hematology/oncology treatment experience with tokens that symbolize each significant milestone along the way. At the start of their care, each patient is presented with a length of leather personalized with their name spelled out in glass beads. They are rewarded at each treatment point with a one-of-a-kind glass Journey Bead that celebrates their progress and gives them strength and hope.

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