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Newport News, VA - December 12, 2006 - Native New Yorker, 92-year old Dorothy G. Hoefer is no stranger to breast cancer. This disease took the life of her step daughter and challenged a sister when survival rates were not what they are today.

Hoefers $500,000 gift to Sentara Health Foundation will support the opening of a comprehensive breast center at Sentara Port Warwick in Newport News.

Now is the time for me to positively touch other peoples lives, says Dorothy Hoefer.

Designed with patients in mind, the new center will provide everything from diagnostics to surgical consultation under one roof by physicians who are fellowship trained in their clinical specialty. At the center patients will be offered screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast MRI, breast ultrasound, and biopsies as well as time with specially trained physicians and staff on-site to answer questions.

"I can't think of a better place to support cancer care than where I know good things are already happening," says Dorothy Hoefer, who understands first hand the vision for cancer care on the Peninsula. Her son is surgical oncologist Dr. Richard Hoefer, medical director of Sentara CarePlex Hospitals cancer program.

Mrs. Hoefer's very generous gift will help support very personalized breast cancer care on the Peninsula when thousands of people are newly diagnosed with this disease every year, says Gina Pitrone, executive director, Sentara Health Foundation. 

Breast cancer touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of new families each year. Every three minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer and this year, an estimated 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed. 1

Construction is expected to begin in early 2007 on the Dorothy G. Hoefer Comprehensive Breast Center. The 14,000 s.f. center is expected to open in the second quarter of 2007.

Sentara Healthcare is the areas leading not-for-profit health care provider. To learn more about Sentaras cancer services, or to make a contribution to Sentara Health Foundation, please visit

1 American Cancer Society, "Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer," 2006

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