RRH marks cancer center milestone

RRH marks cancer center milestoneShatell Utley of RRH (left) accepts a $1,000 donation from Kelly Walden and Amanda Diaz of Ridgecrest Cinemas — Courtesy photo

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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital observed the one-year anniversary of the Cancer Center with a celebration attended by patients (past and present), hospital staff and members of the community.

Shantell Utley, clinical manager of the Outpatient Pavilion and Cancer Center, facilitated the event, which also featured messages from RRH CEO Jim Suver, UC Davis Cancer Care Network’s Dr. Scott Christiansen, RRH Executive Board Chair Bud Haslam and RRH medical oncologist and hematologist Dr. Everard Hughes M.D.

RN Navigator Vicky Rios led attendees in a moment of silence, commemorating the passing of patients.

Amanda Diaz and Kelly Walden of Ridgecrest Cinemas were also on hand to present the RRH Development Foundation with a check for $1,000 — raised through donating $1 from every large popcorn sale throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We have been striving for new ways to reconnect with the community and really shed light on the positive changes and growth locally,” said Diaz. “Kelly and I knew Ridgecrest Cinemas wanted to focus on Breast Cancer Awareness month and when approaching Shantell, we were pleased to find out we had a Cancer Center right here on our doorstep in Ridgecrest!

“In doing the October promotion, we found others who were not aware of this and felt inspired to be helping raise local resource awareness on top of our original promotion to fund patient transportation for extended services. It was a community effort as well, and we can’t thank our customers enough for purchasing the pink tub of popcorn to help us exceed our goal donation!”

“The Cancer Center is really a collaborative effort of the hospital and the community,” said Utley. “I am so grateful and appreciate that Ridgecrest Cinemas has chosen to support us and help to provide care for our community.

“Providing cancer care locally is such an important need inour community and to have local businesses step up and help keep it growing, is what makes Ridgecrest so special. What is even more special to me is that Amanda reached out to me to see how she could help. She was not asked, she wanted to give back and help. That is amazing!”

Story First Published: 2018-11-09