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Richard and Jane Spillman

Through the generosity of a family from Hyrum, Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital will be enhancing its cancer care offerings with a $5 million contribution.

Jane and Richard Spillman’s gift will create an endowment at the Gossner Cancer Center to fund staffed positions well into the future, ensuring patients and their families have resources to navigate treatment.

Announced on Monday, hospital administrator Kyle Hansen said the gift is the largest contribution made to the facility and comes on the heels of a $2 million contribution earlier this year by Gossner Foods Inc.

“We are extremely grateful for the support. It is a difference maker for our facility and the community,” Hansen said. “Cancer affects everyone and we all have a connection to it.”

Hansen said The Richard and Jane Spillman Supportive Care Program will fund a variety of support positions that will provide services that aren’t billed to patients.

The program will include “navigators” who specialize in nursing and financial matters along with a dietitian and social worker in the oncology support services area.

“This creates the supportive care program, and it will fund different support positions,” Hansen said. “They are oncology-trained to help with family and caregivers to help them overcome the barriers in our health care systems.”

Richard said his family has seen how cancer affects everyone since the disease claimed Jane’s oldest sister, and his oldest sister is currently struggling with it as well.

“It has become personal to us. We have been exposed to the horror of cancer and wanted to do what we could to help others,” Richard said. “My wife and I don’t feel like heroes. You’ve got people and families that are fighting this every day; those are the heroes. Those who work in the hospitals and are helping them day-in and day-out are heroes.”

Currently, the hospital is actively treating over 500 patients through the Gossner Cancer Center, but there are over 300 newly diagnosed cancer patients in Cache County every year, Hansen said.

Richard said they felt the endowment is a way of supporting and standing with those impacted by cancer and the individuals working at the center, letting them spend more time focusing on treatment and being with family.

“This is an ongoing thing, and this is helping people to have guidance,” Richard said. “They shouldn’t have to mess with dealing with all the other stuff. Now they can concentrate on their family and treatment and not all the paper.”

Improving the care and increasing the offerings at the center is important to the hospital as it works to create a high level of care locally within the valley.

“The Spillmans are an amazing family and have deep ties in our community,” Hansen said. “They are very passionate about leaving a legacy, and we are fortunate to be partnered with them.”

Hansen said the challenge has been to protect positions like this, which not every hospital has. Hopefully, those positions will help set them apart and allow them to treat more people locally.

“We want our community to experience world-class cancer care without having to travel out of the valley,” Hansen said. “Gifts like this enable us to help accelerate achieving that goal. We are excited to offer patients this high level of cancer services in our community without the burden of having to drive someplace else.”

In 1982, Richard founded Spillman Data Systems, which was later renamed Spillman Technologies. The company created software for public safety agencies for dispatch and data management. Motorola Solutions purchased Spillman Technologies in 2016. Every law enforcement agency in Cache Valley currently uses Spillman software.

John Zsiray is a journalist at The Herald Journal. He can be reached at jzsiray@hjnews.com. Twitter Ramblings: @zsiray

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