Fundraiser held in Ocean City for new cancer center

Fundraiser held in Ocean City for new...

OCEAN CITY, Md - Atlantic General Hospital's Campaign for the Future is looking to meet the healthcare needs of its local families and seasonal visitors by expanding its cancer treatment center facilities.

Ocean City Fish Company hosted a fundraising event to help the campaign raise the funds it needs for the five projects.  From 4 to 9 p.m., 20 percent of all checks were donated to the cause.

Atlantic General Hospital is in the middle of $35 million in capital projects and need $10 million in donations to complete the projects.  Included is a new 18,000 square-foot full service cancer care center on route 113 at Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin.

"We have cancer services now but this 18,000 square-foot center will bring all of them together, bringing you the radiology, the chemotherapy right into one location," said Development Officer Tammy Patrick.

Co-Chairman of the campaign Jack Burbage said the project would be a big step forward for an area that needs it.

"Most everybody has been touched by cancer one way or another, whether it's a friend, it's a family member whatever it is.   And for us to be able to raise the money for our own cancer center to serve the people right here in our own community is a great honor and a privilege, and it's going to happen.  We need everyone's help, we need their support, but it's a tremendous need.  We have great doctors, we have a great hospital and it's just another addition to serve the people of Worcester county in a better form than they've had in the past and that's something that's really needed."

Patrick says the campaign is already more than a quarter of the way toward its goal with a $681,000 grant from the Maryland Hospital Association and a $200,000 donation from Taylor Bank leading the way.

For more information on fundraisers and how to donate, visit their website

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