CHI Memorial dedicates new Rees Skillern Cancer Institute

Hixson, TN (WDEF) – CHI Memorial hosted a dedication service for its Rees Skillern Cancer Institute on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Rees passed away in January 2012 at the age of 49. He battled cancer for many years and received much of his treatment at CHI Memorial. Honoring their son’s wish for his estate to benefit others, Fred and Bettye Skillern made a $3 million gift to the CHI Memorial Foundation for advancement of cancer care in our community.
        To honor Rees’ memory, CHI Memorial’s total cancer program is now called the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute. Our comprehensive program includes seven centers of excellence, each dedicated to a specific type of cancer and supported by interdisciplinary tumor boards, clinical trials and advanced technologies, such as the da Vinci® robot for the minimally invasive treatment of prostate and some colorectal cancers as well as Novalis TX and True Beam advanced radiation therapies.
        “Thanks to Fred and Bettye, we are at the crossroads of exciting new ways to improve cancer detection and treatment for everyone in the community and making great strides toward becoming a world-class cancer center”, said Sister Judy Raley, SCN, chair, CHI Memorial Board of Directors. “This gift truly honors the memory of Rees Skillern and will make a lasting difference for cancer patients in our region.”
        The funds provided by the Skillern family were used to renovate the interior and exterior of the Institute as well as create the CHI Memorial Cancer Risk and Survivorship Center, the first of its kind in this community.
        In addition to formally dedicating the Institute, Fred and Bettye were surprised with the CHI Memorial Humanitarian Award. This award honors outstanding community members who have displayed dedication to CHI Memorial and the community at large. A room in the radiation area was dedicated in honor of Fred and Bettye, courtesy of family friends.
        The CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute is a Commission on Cancer accredited facility.
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