Hamilton, Bermuda, 14 September, 2016 - Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre ("BCHC") today announced commitment from the Argus Group and BF&M Limited to supporting BCHC in the provision of radiation therapy locally to Bermuda's residents. The insurers will donate $250,000 each towards the completion of a new building to house Bermuda's first radiation facility, which will offer Bermuda residents the ability to receive treatment currently only available overseas, here on the island.
John Wight, President and CEO of BF&M Limited, explained: "As leading health care providers on the island, we have a responsibility to make a difference in the quality of treatment offered locally to our community. We commend Tara Curtis and her team at the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre for leading the radiation therapy initiative and extend our wholehearted support, as this will now facilitate treatment being available to more residents, and provide relief to families who will be able to support their loved ones right here at home."
Alison Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Argus Group, stated: "We are proud to support the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre in their initiative to house Bermuda’s first radiation facility. Providing this cutting-edge treatment in Bermuda delivers compelling treatment options for those dealing with cancer and as major health care insurers we are committed to improving the quality and access of care for our community.”
Tara Curtis, Executive Director of Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, said: “Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre truly appreciate the financial support received from BF&M and Argus in helping us to achieve this important Radiation Therapy Initiative. Over the past ten months, BCHC has worked closely with the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, which is ranked 4th in the USA for cancer care, for the design and construction of the facility and recently BCHC signed a contract for the Truebeam treatment system, the latest technology available for radiation therapy treatment”.