Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dedicated

Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Dedicated Click to Enlarge

(KWNO) Mayo Clinic’s Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse has announced the dedication of the Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Family Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. The Winona-based family gave a philanthropic gift of $5 million to support the renovation and expansion of the Mayo Clinic Health System Cancer Center, in La Crosse.

“We are deeply grateful for the Slaggie's remarkable friendship, steadfast support, and the legacy they are creating at Mayo Clinic,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic.

The project adds 3900 square feet including nine exam rooms and 10 treatment chairs to the center. The donation also dedicated space for support services such as dietetics, social work, and palliative care. The project further integrates local cancer services with Mayo Clinic cancer care to provide comprehensive, consistent care across the Midwest.

“We’re proud to serve patients from all across our region, from La Crescent to Tomah, Arcadia to Decorah, as well as those from Winona, where our benefactors the Slaggies come from,” “Steve Slaggie was a founder of Fastenal, a major employer in our region, and the Slaggies know their friends and family in Winona have access to great care here. That’s part of the reason they chose to support the cancer center here in La Crosse, just as they’ve supported other arts, education and humanitarian causes in this region,” said Dr. Paul Mueller.

The Slaggie’s are longtime Mayo Clinic patients and active members of their communities. In 2017 Ashley for the Arts, of Arcadia, Wisconsin, recognized the family with its Patron of the Arts Award. The Slaggies also were recognized for their outstanding philanthropic endeavors by the Upper Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of the La Crosse, Winona, and Decorah, Iowa, regions.

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