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Atrium Society


Who We Are
Members of the Atrium Society give annually to meet the high-priority needs of Palmetto Health Cancer Centers. The Society was founded more than 20 years ago by three men who cared deeply about providing the best in cancer care in our community - George C. Fant, the late John A. Warren and the late B. Palmer McArthur.

The Society seeks to make a difference for families with cancer, whether it be colorectal, breast, lung, prostate or other types of uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Our goal is to fund specific equipment or services that will benefit patients, based upon recommendations made by the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers leadership. We are proud of the far-reaching impact the Society has made since 1993.

2015 Goal
Our goal in 2015 is to raise $70,000 to provide Palmetto Health Breast Center with a critical research-backed tool needed to detect breast cancer in its earliest stage. That tool – software that allows radiologists to get an objective measure of breast tissue density – will help the radiologists determine which women are most likely to have hidden tumors and thus which women need to have additional tests. Ultimately, we are helping the team detect more breast cancers earlier, when they are most treatable. 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 2014 members, who made the purchase of a new ultrasound unit possible at Palmetto Health Breast Center. This list also includes our early 2015 members.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian M. Barnwell
Mr. and Mrs. Darnall W. Boyd
Mrs. Barbara B. Boyd
Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Brooks
Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Bristow
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bryant
Mr. and Mrs. George J. Bullwinkel, Jr.
Capitol Urology, PA
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 C. 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
Dr. David B. Fulton and Dr. Jeanette K. Fulton
Mr. and Mrs. Grant Gillespie
Mr. and Mrs. William Lentz Ivey, Jr.
Mrs. Mary A. Korsgaard, Ph.D. and Mr. John P. Quirk
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Lavender Jr.
Mrs. Marion McArthur
Drs. Kathy and James Mercer
Mrs. Jeanelle M. McCain
Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Penland
Dr. and Mrs. Dalton S. Prickett
Mrs. Donald V. Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Curt Rone
Mr. and Mrs. Doug Saunders
Mrs. Debbie Seale
Mr. and Mrs. Joel A. Smith III
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. “Chip” Stanley
Dr. Susan E. Steck
Mr. and Mrs. Wade H. Shugart
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Suggs
Dr. and Mrs. Peter A. Zvejnieks

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.
  • Nearly $50,000 was raised to support purchase of an automated whole breast ultrasound unit at Palmetto Health Breast Center
  • Palmetto Health Breast Center has had more than one million patient visits during 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:
• Invitation to Atrium Society and Foundation events.

• Invitations to quarterly lunch-and- learns featuring speakers about cancer issues. In 2015, these will be held in the Vista Room at Blue Marlin.

• Recognition on the glass donor wall located on the 11th floor at Palmetto Health Richland (medical and surgical oncology units).

• Recognition in Palmetto Health Foundation’s annual report.

How to Join
Membership in the Atrium Society simply requires a gift of $1,000, or more, payable over a 12-month period. Gifts may be made in honor or memory of a loved one or caregiver. Donations of a lesser amount also are welcomed.
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 Atrium Society Holiday Reception!

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