Asante receives $5 million donation toward new cancer center

The new cancer center will be named after Mary and Dick Heimann, who made the largest donation to the Asante Foundation in its history.

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 10:59 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2021 11:51 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Asante has a name for its new cancer center following a $5 million donation — the largest in the medical provider's history — from local philanthropists.

The 80,000 square-foot Heimann Cancer Center, named after Mary and Dick Heimann, has been under development since at least 2019. Asante says that construction is currently underway, and the new building is slated to open in early 2022.

“For the community that we love, we wanted to do something that will leave a legacy,” said Dick Heimann, co-founder and vice chairman-emeritus of Lithia Motors. “The services and conveniences will provide excellence in medical care within this facility and will have a tremendous impact on so many people.”

Asante said that the Heimann Cancer Center will join Spears Cancer Center in Grants Pass as part of the "Asante Regional Cancer Institute," an effort to put outpatient cancer services under one roof in each region. This includes imaging, radiation, chemotherapy, lab tests and doctor consultations, and supportive services.

“When we saw the regional cancer center plans and the possibilities for this community, it was really important for us to be able to make a gift and inspire others. It’s going to be a very special place,” said Mary Heimann.

“Our hope is that this becomes the second largest gift in Asante’s history, inspiring others to make an even bigger gift to make AsanteForward a success,” said Dick Heimann.

Part of the Heimanns' donation will also go toward a pediatric cancer clinic to help children facing cancer, what Asante calls "the new children’s hospital-within-a-hospital" in the patient pavilion under construction at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

“Donor generosity through AsanteForward ensures these all-important expansion projects can continue. This historic gift is a testament to the community’s devotion to helping each another— particularly the 2,000 people diagnosed with cancer in Southern Oregon every year,” said Floyd Harmon, Executive Director, Asante Foundation. “We’re grateful for the Heimann’s leadership and advocacy for people with cancer and their families.”

Asante said that its campaign to raise money for the new cancer center has now passed $25 million out of a total goal of $50 million.

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