Thursday, April 14, 2011
New Mural Depicts CRMC Foundation Logo
During the past four years of active fundraising, The Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in cash and pledges from more than 1,500 donors. Initial support has come from the hospital "family," including employees through payroll deduction, physicians, medical groups, the hospital's volunteer auxiliary and The Foundation's advisory committee, along with the hospital board of trustees and Foundation board members, which have participated at 100 percent. Additional gifts have been received from community members, business partners, special events (golf tournament) and various foundation grants and memorials. The Foundation's greatest impact to date has been assisting nearly 2,000 patients and their families through various patient assistance programs, including the Cancer Care Fund and Caring Hands Fund, in the amount of $450,000, with much more assistance anticipated in the future. The Foundation plans to fund many efforts that the hospital is not able to finance on its own. Not only can The Foundation create a perpetual source of funding through the development of an endowment fund for future medical equipment purchases and facility expansion, but it can also greatly expand assistance to patients with expenses not covered by insurance and other payment sources.
"The Foundation as an organization has a mission that is critical to the future of all of individuals of the Upper Cumberland – quality healthcare," said Gary J. Curto, The Foundation's executive director. "It truly has become a Health Foundation of the Upper Cumberland."
For additional information on The Foundation, call 783-2003 or visit their website at www.crmchealth.org/thefoundation.