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Trinity Health Foundation Receives Over $6 Million in Grants

Date:  June 29th, 2010

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John Kutch, President & CEO of Trinity Health announced today that it has received $6,571 ,500 in funding over 3 years from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the Trinity Health Foundation.

"This grant funding will take the Trinity CancerCare Center to a whole new level ," states Dr. Kevin, Collins, medical director of the Trinity CancerCare Center. "This enables us to expand the existing radiation oncology capabilities to include high dose rate brachytherapy, image guided radiotherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and combined digital mammography with biopsy unit. These patients will no longer need to travel several hours or out of state to a cancer center offering these technologies."

The benefits of this state-of-the-art cancer treatment equipment are substantial. Patients will be treated locally with the most advanced equipment and techniques available, the number of treatments will be reduced with the use of the high dose brachytherapy or stereotactic radiotherapy and the rate of survival will continue to improve.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provides funding for innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to specialty medical care, provides the latest medical therapies and facilitates programs for ilOderserved populations that places particular stress on existing health care faCilities and local governments. The $6,571 ,500 funding is part of the Helmsley Rural Health Program which over the last two years awarded a total of more than $65 million in grants to institutions and organizations in the upper Midwest.

Trinity Health is the tertiary healthcare system for more than 165,000 citizens located in 16 rural counties in northwest & north-central ND, as well as 4 counties in Montana. The Trinity CancerCare Center opened in 1999. Since that time, the CancerCare Center has grown to diagnosing and treating more than 500 patients for cancer annually. Eighty percent (80%) of these patients travel to the Trinity Health CancerCare Center for their cancer care from outside the city of Minot.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Trust, established in 1999, is administered by five trustees selected by Leona Helmsley as a continuation of Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley's generous giving through their lifetimes. The Trust supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, in addition to programs in human services, education and conservation. The Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits. SPACE index.php