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News from the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation

July 19, 2011

Top Hat Event Promotes New Infusion Center


In 2010, more than 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer. In the course of their care, many of these patients will receive chemotherapy as part of their treatment. For many, the need to travel out of the area to receive their treatments is a real hardship, so Washington Hospital has plans to open a new chemotherapy infusion center in Fall, 2011.


The Washington Hospital Infusion Center is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility, flooded with natural light and featuring four infusion stations in a spa-like setting. Patients will have as much privacy as they like, or alternately they can receive care in a group setting with others to build camaraderie.


Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation will support construction of this important facility with the proceeds of the annual dinner dance, Top Hat, which will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2011.


After we heard about all the amenities the center was going to offer, and the fact that it would let people receive their care close to home, we were excited to support the project,” says Demetrious Shaffer, president of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. “This is the 25th annual Top Hat dinner, and we are proud to support our talented oncology doctors and nurses by helping to get this center built.”


To learn more about supporting the infusion center or to make reservations to attend Top Hat XXV, please call (510) 791-3428 or email