Moultrie Observer

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May 22, 2014

Employees donate $500K to hospital

MOULTRIE — For 20 years, former and current employees of Colquitt Regional Medical Center have saved their money for the right time to support the hospital in its mission to improve healthcare services.

Employees declared that now was the time as they presented Chairman Jimmy Jeter and Hospital President and CEO Jim Matney a check in the amount of $500,000. This donation was made to the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation for the Capital Campaign that is funding equipment needing in the current renovations and expansion project.

The hospital employees developed a charitable giving effort over 20 years ago and it is managed by a committee strictly of employees elected to serve. Employees have the opportunity to give one hour of their wage each month to this charitable giving. Half of their donation is given to a charitable fund that benefits local charities and the other is to a future fund restricted to aid the hospital in fulfilling capital building needs and to support key renovation projects. Both funds are completely governed by the employee committee.

“It is warming to know how much our employees believe in our hospital and our community,” Matney said. “This is the largest contribution the employees have given to our hospital and it speaks volumes to me and our board members on their dedication to their own hospital.”

A celebration with cake and punch was held in the hospital cafeteria where the check was presented. Jeter expressed great gratitude to the employees and claimed he was moved to learn the employees collected a half of a million dollars to give toward the capital campaign. He said he feels their contribution will inspire others in the community to give.

In 2013, Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation began a Capital Campaign to raise $1.5 million. With pledges and contributions from employees, volunteer auxiliary, individuals and businesses, a little over $1 million has already been raised, the hospital foundation said.

“The drive continues to encourage individuals and businesses to learn more about the future growth of Colquitt Regional Medical Center and to consider the medical foundation in charitable their giving,” a press release from the foundation said. “The hospital renovation and expansion project is expected to be complete by December at which time the community will benefit from a larger Emergency Department, 10 private intensive care units with private family areas and larger and more modern surgical suites.”

For more information on charitable giving to the Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation, call (229) 890-3552.

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