Current Priorities

Donor generosity allows Roper St. Francis Healthcare to maintain its reputation for delivering compassionate, quality care. The extraordinary costs associated with updating aging facilities and funding future initiatives simply cannot be covered without the support of our community. The Foundation is currently focusing on the following initiatives:

roper st. francis cancer care 

Roper St. Francis Cancer Wellness

We believe that comprehensive cancer care includes supporting patients and their families through all aspects of the disease – its physical, emotional and spiritual tolls. Through a generous $1 million endowment gift, the Donna Fielding Cancer Wellness Institute was established to ensure the patients of Roper St. Francis Cancer Care benefit from an advanced and comprehensive cancer program. At the heart of the Institute is a Cancer Wellness Navigator who guides patients through every stage of the cancer journey, connecting patients and families with a range of services from prevention, nutrition, and massage to symptom management and palliative care. The Foundation seeks community support to grow the Cancer Wellness Endowment to sustain and expand the Institute and care for patients for generations to come. 

Cancer Research, Technology and Innovation

At Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, we view every cancer diagnosis as our greatest challenge.  We work tirelessly to wage the war on cancer, engaging many resources along the way including groundbreaking clinical trials, fellowship-trained board certified cancer specialists, evidence-based treatment plans and new technologies.  Through philanthropy, Roper St. Francis has a vision for an even greater cancer care experience.  In order to achieve this vision, we look to our community to fund enhanced access to revolutionary cancer-fighting technologies, clinical research and support services for our patients. 

  

ROPER REHABILITATION HOSPITAL

Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Approximately 10,000 people are living with spinal cord injuries in South Carolina, with roughly 60 new injuries occurring each year.  Spinal cord injuries are most often sustained by a traumatic vehicle, motorcycle or sporting accident.  Impairments from these injuries can make routine medical visits and procedures, such as annual gynecological visits or cancer screenings, difficult to navigate.  The Center for Spinal Cord Injury is now open one day per month at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital to provide assistance to individuals navigating the complex medical needs of spinal cord injuries. Community support to the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Endowment will play a critical role in our ability to continue serving patients.  Watch this video to see how the Center for Spinal Cord Injury is improving the lives or our patients. 

Neuroscience and Stroke Services

Four million Americans are living with the effects of stroke, and millions of spouses, children and friends of survivors are also affected. Survivors of neurological impairments often have complex rehabilitation needs.  Although some may quickly regain functional ability - like walking, talking or eating - many have ongoing rehabilitation needs.  Roper Rehabilitation Hospital helps patients with disabling injuries or illnesses, such as a stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury, reach their highest possible level of independence.  Through philanthropy, Roper Rehabilitation Hospital will expand its specialized neuroscience and stroke services, offering our patients the best chance for improved health and a better quality of life.  

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One Donor's Story

A visionary gift

"Our family knows firsthand the difficulties patients and their families face when diagnosed with cancer. Donna and I shared a vision of bringing a comprehensive cancer wellness program to Charleston and believed Roper St. Francis was the perfect place to house this program."

- Ron Fielding, on the Fielding Family’s generous gift to name the Donna Fielding Cancer Wellness Institute in honor of the late Donna M. Fielding who lost her battle with melanoma in 2011