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San Joaquin Community Hospital Announces $2 Million Donation From Advanced Industrial Services (AIS)

Cancer Marking the largest financial gift ever made to San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH), it was announced on Thursday morning that the new Cancer Center facility will be named for local business, “Advanced Industrial Services.”

From this day forward, the $36.2 million, 60,000-square-foot, four-story, comprehensive, hospital-based facility will be known as: The AIS Cancer Center at SJCH.

An artist’s rendering depicting the proposed AIS Cancer Center signage was made public in a surprise reveal during a press conference held at SJCH. A 16-foot-wide banner was unveiled upon the announcement that AIS made the donation for the center’s “naming opportunity,” which represents a $2 million gift from AIS to the SJCH Foundation.

AIS employs about 180 employees and services 60 clients – including Chevron, Aera and Oxy – in the field of industrial tank cleaning. The northwest Bakersfield business started in 1992 (incorporated in 1997) and is co-owned by President Leslie Knox and Vice President of Operations Rowdy Dickard. Knox’s brother, Robert Rice is a project manager for the company.

Company officials cited SJCH’s commitment to patient- and family-centered cancer care with only the best technology and top tier caregivers as some of the main reasons they chose to support this new project.

Knowing 1 in 5 Kern County residents leave the area to fight their cancer was yet another deciding factor. Like SJCH, the representatives at AIS believe the battle against cancer should be fought with a “home field advantage.”

The AIS donation comes nearly one year to the date that Dr. Don Cornforth and his wife, Edna announced their $1 million donation to kick-off the SJCH Foundation’s capital fundraising campaign. The AIS Cancer Center’s lobby will be named in honor of the Cornforths’ generosity as “The Cornforth Family Pavilion.”

The AIS Cancer Center will open in late 2012. A community celebration to dedicate the center will be held Dec. 9, 2012.