Our history as Scott & White Healthcare, and then Baylor Scott & White Health, began in Temple with the medical practice of Arthur C. Scott, MD and Raleigh R. White, Jr., MD in 1897. Since then, the system's services in the area have expanded to include three hospitals, numerous clinics and pharmacies, and the only Level I Trauma Center between Dallas and Austin.

Area of Greatest Need

When you give to the area of greatest need in Temple, your gifts could be used to support any of the following initiatives. 

Ross McKnight Patient Pathways Program

This program will be fully funded by philanthropy.

Texas is home to the largest rural population of any state, and the needs and challenges for rural patients are unique. According to the CDC, Americans living in rural areas are more likely than their urban counterparts to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke. Yet, one-fifth of Texas counties have only one doctor or none at all and many rural residents struggle to access the care they need.

The Ross McKnight Patient Pathways Program will help meet the needs of rural-based patients by providing access to a nurse navigator who will serve as a clinical advocate, guide them on their care journey, and help them navigate the complexities of a large health system. Nurse navigators will be able to:

  • Help reinforce care plans established by the patient's physicians
  • Provide additional virtual care options for patients who many not have easy access to physical care locations
  • Identify barriers to care
  • Answer questions and connect patients to higher-acuity care

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Other Philanthropic Opportunties

Cancer Treatment Excellence

Cancer patientThe Baylor Scott & White Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center on our Temple campus provides comprehensive cancer care for thousands of patients annually, with advanced technology and an integrative approach that encompasses all our patients' needs—physical, mental, and spiritual. Patients can continue to work, attend school, and enjoy daily activities close to home while they receive life-saving cancer treatment. 

Despite enhanced treatments and diagnostic tools, cancer rates continue to increase. The Vasicek Cancer Treatment Center is expected to serve more than 3,300 new patients by 2020. Your generous gifts help us meet increasing demand in all areas of cancer patient care, including support programs, clinical research, and state-of-the-art technology.

Additional Linear Accelerators

Linear AcceleratorDue to high demand, our cancer center is expanding and we are in need of two additional linear accelerators to deliver highly targeted radiation treatment.

What is radiation oncology?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy sometime during the course of their treatment.

What is a linear accelerator?

A linear accelerator delivers powerful radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy to target and treat tumors, while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. A linear accelerator provides:

  • tailored treatments specific to each patient
  • more options for treating complex cancer cases, including lung, breast, liver, abdomen, head, and neck
  • precision measured in increments of less than a millimeter with accuracy checks every ten milliseconds
  • short treatment times to reduce patient discomfort and minimize the impact on patients' daily lives

Patient Navigators

Cancer patients often describe their experience as a "journey," uncharted territory with roadblocks they must navigate to survive. Your gifts could support our Patient Navigators who help guide patients and their caregivers through what can be an overwhlming and emotional experience. They handle logistical and administrative details large and small, allowing patients and families to focus on healing.

Patient Navigators partner with patients from their diagnosis, through their treatment, and into survivorship, serving as an advocate, educator, and guide, all at no cost to the patient. Some highlights include:

  • Patient advocacy and support
  • Coordination of appointments
  • Removing barriers to care, such as transportation or financial harship
  • Education on what to expect and empowerment to make informed medical decisions
  • Assistance with finding resources

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