Inspira officials say the gifts from the Bottino family support a dedicated fund that provides patients with financial assistance for essential, nonmedical bills such as food, household supplies and utilities. Funds from the Bottino Cancer Foundation also support clinical and support services provided at Inspira’s Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion in Vineland.
Peter Kaprielyan, chief development officer of Inspira Health, said the impact of the donations is far-reaching.
“The generous philanthropic support of the Bottino family has touched the lives of families throughout South Jersey that have faced a diagnosis of cancer,” he said. “Their desire to assist our patients and families, and to reduce the burden cancer places on our community, is truly an inspiration for all of us.”
The Bill Bottino Cancer Foundation was officially established in 2016, following years of the Bottino family’s active and generous support of the locally based Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation. It was named in honor of the Bottino family patriarch, who lost his life to cancer in 2006.
Since 2011, the foundation has made 10 large donations in support of Inspira’s cancer services, while also supporting other local cancer programs.
Inspira Health is a charitable, nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in 10 nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer centers, several multispecialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points.