August 23, 2012
More than $18,000 were raised recently through a golf outing in the memory of Gene L. Hughes, Sr. Proceeds of that third annual memorial event will go to the Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) Cancer Care Medication Fund.
(R-L) Taffie Majdeski, manager of patient care services and operations in the BBC cancer center; Randy Mudge, MD, BBC medical director of radiation oncology; Stephen Smiley, MD, BBC medical director of medical oncology accept a check for $18,159 from Dorothy E. Hughes, widow of the late Gene Hughes and the organizer of the event, while son Gene L. Hughes II, grandson Anthony James Hughes, and granddaughter Gianna Nicole Hughes watch.
Gifts to the Cancer Care Medication Fund enable BBC to provide financial help for cancer patients who have little or no insurance, making certain they have access to needed medications for their treatments. Over the past three years, golfers and sponsors have raised over $50,000 for this cancer program.
“We all know someone who had or who is fighting cancer today,” says Dorothy Hughes, a pharmacist at BBC. “I would like to express my thanks to all who participated in honoring the memory of Gene. The monies we raised together will make life a little more joyful for those stricken with cancer.”
Hughes Sr., who worked at Kellogg Company for more than 30 years and was a ‘scratch’ golfer with seven holes-in-one, his last three while he was undergoing treatments, died of cancer in 2008.
Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.