Claxton-Hepburn launches fundraising campaign to help with $4.7 million addition on cancer center
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 9:08 am

OGDENSBURG -- Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center has broken ground on a $4.7 million addition to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, and fundraising is in full swing.

The Claxton-Hepburn Foundation seeks the public’s assistance to raise money for the project. This is the second major expansion of the cancer center since it first opened in 1994, and will be the first phase of a series of capital projects with an overarching capital campaign called “Together…Our Health, Our Future.”

The addition to the cancer center will feature a new “bunker” with 8-foot thick concrete walls, which prevent radiation from scattering outside the room.

According to Dr. John Gebert, radiation oncologist, “The new Trilogy linear accelerator has the ability to deliver a very concentrated amount of radiation to a spot of any size, even half the thickness of a dime. Using three-dimensional imaging and localization techniques, physicians determine the exact coordinates of the tumor and provide the most focused and effective treatment.”

The result of this technology is that less of the surrounding tissue is affected by the radiation treatment, allowing for treatment of tumors that may be in sensitive areas such as the lungs and the brain. Another benefit of this technology is that it significantly shortens treatment sessions to as little as five minutes.

“Our goal is to offer the highest-quality oncology treatment options to people in our community,” says Cindy Clusen, executive director of the CHMC Foundation.

“With four full-time oncologists, a full-time nurse practitioner, a full-time physicist, and national accreditations including a Breast Health Center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), Claxton-Hepburn maintains the highest level of technology and expertise and the broadest array of services in the region,” says Jerry Sheppard, director of the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center.

“Now we will be the only hospital with these advanced capabilities that the Trilogy system offers between Syracuse, New York, and Burlington, Vermont.”

To assist with this project, please contact the Foundation at 393-9175 or visit and click the “Foundation” tab at the top of the page.

Naming and recognition opportunities are available at all levels of giving.