CoastHills Community Foundation Awards $90,000 to the Mission Hope Cancer Center

SANTA MARIA, CA – November 26, 2013 – Marian Regional Medical Center,
a Dignity Health member, which also includes Central Coast hospitals Arroyo
Grande Community Hospital and French Hospital Medical Center, is pleased to
announce that Marian Cancer Care and the Mission Hope Cancer Center are the
recipients of a $90,000 donation from the CoastHills Community Foundation.
The funding will provide crucial support for those undergoing cancer treatments.
The Mission Hope Cancer Center, located on the Marian Regional Medical Center
campus, is the region's only advanced comprehensive cancer care center. Highly
specialized physicians, oncology nurses and therapists provide integrated
oncology care to the Central Coast. Mission Hope features the most advanced
technology and provides the entire spectrum of cancer care and a multitude of
support services and therapies. The Mission Hope Cancer Center is affiliated
with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and provides advanced
opportunies for patients to participate in clinical trials. It is accredited as a
Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons'
Commission on Cancer and received seven commendations. Mission Hope is a
recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest designation
awarded to community cancer centers and Marian is one of only three designated
programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
For the third consecutive year, the CoastHills Community Foundation has donated
proceeds from their annual event, Rancho Vino, to the Mission Hope Cancer
Center. This year's donation of $90,000 is the largest gift CoastHills has ever
awarded, with a total donation of $207,000 over the past three years presented to
the Mission Hope Cancer Center.
"The support we have provided to Mission Hope over the last three years speaks
right to our vision, which is ‘making difference in our neighbors' lives," said Jeff
York, President and CEO of CoastHills Federal Credit Union. "The fact that our
donations fund a program dedicated completely to supporting patients and their
families is a perfect match…add to that that the Rancho Vino event is one of our
favorite events all year, and it is just a great partnership."

"The Coast Hills Community Foundation is committed to serving our community,
and for the last 3 years those of us that are involved with caring for patients at
Mission Hope Cancer Center have seen that commitment first hand, said Dr.
Robert Dichmann, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director for the Mission
Hope Cancer Center. The foundation has put an incredible amount of time and
effort to put on wonderful events that are enjoyed by all those that attend. But
more importantly the passion they have for the cause has been so noticeable that
we see an out pouring of generosity from the community, resulting in money for
the center far beyond what we could hope for. At Mission Hope we are making
sure that we return the favor by making sure that every cent of that money is used
directly to support those in our community that are dealing with difficult times in
their battle with cancer. We cannot thank everyone at CoastHills enough for their
efforts and desire to care for others."

"Marian is so very grateful for partnership of the CoastHills team. Our mission is
based upon providing excellent, compassionate care to all. The generosity of our
good friends at CoastHills furthers the healing, compassionate care that makes a
significant difference for cancer patients and families," states Stephanie Grogan,
Vice President of Philanthropy at Marian Regional Medical Center.

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