November 27, 2021

Anonymous benefactor pledges to match up to $1M in donations for new Guthrie cancer center

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

A construction crew works Tuesday on the exterior of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s new cancer treatment center. An anonymous donor recently pledged to match up to $1 million in donations for the facility.

Two months after ground broke on Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s Cancer Treatment Center, an anonymous donor has pledged to match donations up to $1 million.

That’s the most that has ever been donated to the fundraising arm of the hospital.

“We were very, very excited,” said Debbie Nadolski, the executive director of the Cortland Memorial Foundation, when foundation staff found out about the donor’s pledge.

The money will be used to pay for equipment upgrades, software and advanced training for staff, among other things, Nadolski said.

To donate

To donate to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center’s cancer treatment center, go to the Cortland Memorial Foundation’s webpage at

According to a release by Guthrie Cortland Medical Center on the $10.6 million cancer center, the facility will include multidisciplinary care in radiation and oncology treatments.

The 10,825-square-foot center, adjacent to the hospital on West Main Street, will have six exam rooms, one exam and procedure room and one patient meeting room, according to the release.

Included as part of the new technology is a new linear accelerator, Nadolski said.

The accelerator works by beaming radiation outside of the patient to target the cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.

As of Tuesday, the foundation’s capital campaign had raised close to $1 million — its goal.

Nadolski said the year was hard for fundraising as COVID allowed for only one of its fundraising events — a golf tournament — to happen in-person this year.

The new cancer center, which has an anticipated opening date of August or September 2021, will help provide all of these cancer benefits, especially useful for those without a reliable means of transportation, Nadolski said.

“It will be a tremendous help for the patient as an all-in-one facility,” she said.