Community Cancer Institute's Oncology Support Services will benefit from a $1 million gift from a Fresno business. Photo by Community Medical Centers.

published on April 19, 2019 - 10:27 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Community Medical Centers has announced a gift of $1 million from Fresno-based Howe Electric Construction, Inc., in support of Community Cancer Institute.

The donation is earmarked to help the Cancer Institute’s patients receive specialized help and guidance from the Oncology Support Services program.

Along with nurse navigators, support service providers include social workers, dieticians, speech-language pathologists and geneticists.

According to a press release on the donation from Community Medical Centers, funding will go towards ensuring all patient needs are met. This includes help managing appointments, identifying insurance barriers and finding support groups during and after treatment.

This service is free for all Community Cancer Institute patients and families, and is not billable to insurance. Since its opening last August, Community Cancer Institute has seen more than 46,000 patient appointments.

“We are so grateful to Todd Howe and his team at Howe Electric, because we see every day how important our nurse navigators are to our cancer patients,” Community President and CEO Tim Joslin said. “Our goal is for every cancer patient to have a navigator, and a gift like this puts us on a path to reach it.”

Howe Electric is an employee-owned company rooted in Fresno, and is coming up on 70 years in business. The company’s philanthropic relationship with Community started in 1981 and consists of several gifts to the Leon S. Peters Burn Center and Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center, Terry’s House, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and toward the current expansion efforts at Clovis Community Medical Center.

“I know how important a program like this is for cancer patients, and how helpful it can be during a really difficult time in people’s lives,” said Todd Howe, president of Howe Electric. “The employees and I are confident that our gift will directly impact people with cancer and make their journey through it a little bit easier.”

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