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The SJCH Foundation Announces Co-Chairs for Capital Campaign

Donation The San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation has announced that Chris Frank, former CEO of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, and Joe MacIlvaine, president of Paramount Farming Company, will serve as the co-chairs for the “When You Give” Capital Campaign, which will help supplement the efforts to build a hospital-based Cancer Center across the street from the main hospital campus.

It’s been a busy few months for the under-construction Cancer Center. As the foundation of the four-story building begins to take shape, the fundraising efforts of another Foundation – the hospital’s philanthropy wing – are coming into focus. 

Tasked with raising $5 million to fund the 60,000 square foot project, The Foundation received an extremely generous gift of $1 million from The Dr. Donald and Edna Cornforth Family. The gift, made public on September 13, was the largest single gift in the history of the hospital. In honor of their gift, the Cancer Center’s lobby area will be known as the Cornforth Pavilion. 

“We’re so blessed to have community-minded people, like the Cornforth’s, here in Bakersfield,” Frank said. “Their gift immediately accounted for 20 percent of our $5 million goal and created excitement in the community about the new Cancer Center.” 

For MacIlvaine, who along with Frank sits on the hospital’s Governing Board, doing what’s best for the community is what it’s all about. 

“My personal goal is for the Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital to be on par with the very best cancer treatment centers in the United States,” MacIlvaine said. “If we can raise the level of care in Bakersfield, then we’ll really be onto something special.” 

With the Cancer Center set to open in fall 2012, The Foundation, along with the Capital Campaign co-chairs, will be focused on sharing the hospital’s vision with the community over the next few months. 

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to create something that can save lives – and travel costs – for individuals and families dealing with cancer,” Frank said. “It’s almost impossible to find someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. This fight against cancer is something we all have a vested interest in.”

“When this facility is finished, our vision is everyone would stay here in Bakersfield for cancer treatment,” MacIlvaine said. “There shouldn’t be any place a person feels safer than right here in their hometown.” 

If you’d like the join SJCH in the fight against cancer, call The Foundation at (661) 869-6570 to learn how you can get involved.