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The Holiday Inn Convention Center will be filled with sparkle, shine and glamour on Saturday evening, October 4, when St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation hosts its 36th Annual SAINTS Ball. The Foundation's premier fundraising event, SAINTS is expected to draw more than 1000 guests and raised over $1 million for creating a beautiful, healing environment for cancer, surgical and other patients receiving inpatient care in St. Vincent Healthcare's Fortin Tower.

According to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation President and CEO David Irion, the current Medical-Surgical Center housed on 3Fortin was built in the late 1970's and was state-of-the-art in its time. While having been updated over the years, a more comprehensive renovation is required to accommodate the needs of today's patients-and the challenges in doing so are significant.

"Remodeling this space requires us to work within the existing footprint of the building," he notes. "Retrofitting it is a very complex process, however we aspire to create a healing environment for our cancer and surgical patients commensurate with the outstanding quality of care we deliver on the floor."

According to emerging plans, the new St. Vincent Medical-Surgical Center of Excellence will accommodate five decentralized nursing stations, replacing the single large nursing area currently in use. Four of the thirty-two patient rooms will be specifically for patients with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments, and one will exclusively house patients receiving inpatient care as a result of radiation therapy. Because research has shown aesthetics to have an impact on healing, all patient rooms will be designed to promote wellness and comfort with areas designed specifically for family support.

"Creating a healing environment for these patients is something we have looked forward to doing for many years," says Irion. "This year's SAINT's Ball is critical to moving that effort forward, and we appreciate the amazing donors who, each October, join us to make a difference in the healing ministry of St. Vincent Healthcare."

To purchase a table for the event or to learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, individuals and businesses may contact Heather Bergeson at heather.bergeson@sclhs.net or via phone at (406) 237-3638.

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