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Our next Lunch and Learn for Atrium Society Members and friends of Palmetto Health Foundation will be Thursday, August 28 at 11:30 a.m., location TBD. Dr. Amanda K. Arrington, surgical oncologist with the University of South Carolina’s Department of Surgery, will be our featured speaker.

Atrium Society News
May 2014
The Atrium Society’s Executive Committee is proud to announce that $74,000 in contributions to the Atrium Society will fund a new chemotherapy delivery system called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. Currently, patients who need this type of therapy are traveling out of state. We are excited to make this type of chemotherapy treatment available for patients in the Midlands in the fall of 2014 and will share more information soon. 

Our next goal is to fund the purchase of a new ultrasound unit that will aid the early diagnosis of breast cancer at Palmetto Health Breast Center. The estimated cost of the new ultrasound unit is $85,856. Ultrasound technology is a critical tool used by radiologists to view breast tissue and diagnose cancer. As of June 2014, $11,000 is still needed by Sept. 30 to fund this unit. To contribute or to learn more about the Atrium Society, contact Anna Saunders, Director of Development,  at 803-434-2830 or

Thank you to our current Atrium Society members for making the purchase of HIPEC possible: 

Mrs. Mary Ellen S. Barnwell
Mrs. Barbara B. Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. Darnall W. Boyd
Dr. and Mrs. Charles and Karen Brooks
Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Bristow
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bryant
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Bullwinkel, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis M. Caswell
Ms. Mary C. Cauthen
Mrs. Betsy L. Chambers
Mr. J. Walker Clarke
Corporate Concepts, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Vance L. Cowden
Ms. Latan Cox
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Craig
Dr. and Mrs. Hal H. Crosswell III
Mr. Larry S. DiBiase
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Dreyer III
Mr. and Mrs. Paul K. Duane
Mr. and  Mrs. William L. Duda
Ms. Martha C. Edens
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Edmunds, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. George C. Fant, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Fawcett
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Fowles III
Ms. Leslie A. Francis
Mr. and Mrs. William Lentz Ivey, Jr.
Ms. Mary A. Korsgaard, Ph.D.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Thomas Lavender, Jr.
Mrs. Jeanelle M. McCain
Drs. James and Kathy Mercer
Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Penland
Dr. and Mrs. Dalton S. Prickett
Mrs. Elizabeth N. Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Roach, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Curt Rone
Doug and Anna Saunders
Howard and Debbie Seale
Mr. Wade H. Shugart
Mr. and Mrs. Joel  A. Smith III
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Suggs

In 1993, Palmetto Health Foundation’s Atrium Society was founded by the late John A. Warren, George C. Fant, Jr., and the late B. Palmer McArthur, as well as the Board of Directors of the Center for Cancer Treatment and Research, now Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. Individuals, businesses and corporations who make annual contributions of at least $1,000 to Palmetto Health Foundation enhance the Cancer Centers’ work in innovative patient care, support programs and cutting-edge cancer research. Last year, the Atrium Society is celebrating 20 years of annual giving totaling more than $1.3 million used to purchase equipment to diagnose and treat cancer at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers.

The Atrium Society’s members make a difference by helping people with any type of cancer, whether it be colorectal, breast, lung, prostate or others. The area of focus is decided annually by the Society’s Executive Committee based upon recommendations made by the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers Board.

Atrium Society supporters have had a significant impact at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers over the last 20 years:

  • Atrium Society funds have been used to purchase Logic 700 Expert Series Digitally Encoded Ultrasound® Robotic Technology, R2 Imagechecker Mammotone, Full-field Digital Mammography for Baptist campus, Full-field Digital Mammography for Richland campus and Peloris Dual Retort Rapid Tissue Processor. The rapid tissue processor has has provided diagnostic answers for the surgeons of more than 16,000 patients who had surgery at Palmetto Health over a recent three-year period.
  • $200,000 was raised towards acquisition of daVinci® Robotic Technology. Surgeons at Palmetto Health Richland have used the daVinci® Robotic Surgical System on more than 450 patients since its upgrade in April 2012.
  • $101,119 was raised in support of upgrades for the latest digital mammography equipment.
  • $70,770 was raised to provide sofa beds for patient rooms at Palmetto Health Baptist.
  • Palmetto Health Breast Center has had more than one million patient visits over the last 20 years. Each of those patients has benefited from key equipment acquisitions supported by the Atrium Society, including digital mammography and ultrasound imaging equipment.

Levels of Giving:



$5,000 and above

 As an Atrium Society member, you will receive:
• Recognition in Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual report
• Invitation to Palmetto Health Foundation’s Annual Board Chair’s Reception and donor recognition event
• Recognition on the donor wall at Palmetto Health Cancer Centers (Medical Park 5, 11th Floor)
• Invitations to one-hour educational luncheon programs about specific areas of excellence at Palmetto Health
• Invitations to Atrium Society membership development events

Click here to sign up to become a member of the Atrium Society.

An atrium symbolizes an opening or passage facing the infinite sky, which is filled with the beauty of birds in flight. You, too, can soar by meeting the challenge of funding cancer initiatives in our community with your annual membership in the Atrium Society.

Check out the gallery of photos from the recent Atrium Society 20th Anniversary Celebration!

To learn more about Palmetto Health Foundation's Atrium Society, contact:

Anna Saunders, Director of Development, 803-434-2830 or


Click here to sign up to become a member of the Atrium Society.

Atrium Society Brochure