July 21, 2015 News Release

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Published on July 21, 2015

Franklin Savings Bank Pledges $15,000 to Support Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care

Franklin Saving Bank has presented Concord Hospital Trust with a major gift that will help bring the next generation of radiation technology to Payson Center for Cancer Care in 2016.

The donation is part of a campaign to raise $1.5 million to purchase a new linear accelerator (or LINAC) that will improve cancer treatment by precisely targeting radiation to destroy cancer cells, while sparing normal cells and tissue.

The total cost of the LINAC is $4 million. Concord Hospital is investing $2.5 of the cost and seeking the remaining $1.5 million in charitable donations in a special project fundraising campaign through Concord Hospital Trust.

“As a community bank with strong ties to the communities we serve, Franklin Savings Bank is proud to be a part of this fundraising campaign to support the good work achieved at Payson Center for Cancer Care,” commented Jeffery B. Savage, President & CEO of Franklin Savings Bank.  “As a technology-focused bank, we understand the importance of investing in cutting-edge technology to serve the growing needs of our customers. This is why we felt it was important to pledge our support towards the purchase of a new LINAC to enable Payson Center to continue treating the growing number of individuals seeking cancer care.”

With the LINAC, Payson Center radiation oncologists will be able to strike at cancer cells with enhanced precision, allowing them to treat more types of cancer, with shorter duration of treatment.

“We believe this new technology is essential to serve the growing number of people in our region who seek cancer care at Payson Center, and to address increasing need for our services as we serve an aging population,” said Robert P. Steigmeyer, President and CEO of Concord Hospital.  “We are very grateful for the support of Franklin Savings Bank, truly a community leader in Central New Hampshire.  Their gift will help make Payson Center’s cancer care even more sophisticated for current patients and ensure our quality care will continue into the future for new patients from all over the state of New Hampshire,” he said.

Payson Center for Cancer Care opened in 2003 and has grown into a comprehensive, community-based cancer center offering patients in Central New Hampshire the highest quality diagnosis, treatment and support – all under one roof and close to home.

For more information on the LINAC, what it will mean to patients who rely on Payson Center, and how to contribute, contact: Pamela Puleo, Executive Director, Concord Hospital Trust at (603) 230-6049.

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