April 16, 2013

Gordon Hospital Foundation surpasses donation goal

Submitted by Gordon Hospital

CALHOUN — The Gordon Hospital Foundation recently donated more than $2 million to help offset the construction costs of the Harris Radiation Therapy Center, surpassing the original goal of $1.75 million.

Surrounded by members of the Gordon Hospital Foundation Board, Chairman Helen Jones presented a check in the amount of $2,272,766 to Gordon Hospital President and CEO Pete Weber.

“We are so grateful for this donation,” says Weber. “We appreciate all of the efforts that went into raising this amount of money for our radiation therapy center. We cannot thank the Foundation enough.”

Judy Jackson, director of development services for the hospital, explained that the funds were raised through several special events, including a golf tournament, tennis tournament, and the 5K Run for your Life event.

“We also received numerous donations from civic groups, church groups, local schools and individuals,” Jackson says. “Our community has been very supportive of this capital campaign and this donation would not have been possible without its help.”

During the campaign, members of the Gordon Hospital Foundation Board included: Chairman Jones, Weber, Jackson, Bruce Bowman, Elizabeth Box, Brian Brannon, Jeff Briggs, Sherry Campbell, Missy Hathcox, Karen Llop, Flipper McDaniel, Bill McCown, Wayne Minshew, Nathan Murphy, Carol Nance, Ken Payne, Phil Robbins, Lynne H. Reese, Russell Smith, Renee Theus, Beth Vaughn, Kayanne Walraven, and Rhoda Washington,  The Capital Campaign Steering Committee consists of Chairman Jones, Jackson, Weber, Karen Llop, Jim Mathews, Donna McEntyre, and Enoch Overby.

Equipped with a Linear Accelerator with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (I.M.R.T.), the Harris Radiation Therapy Center at Gordon Hospital opened its doors in November 2012. The center provides patients with treatment they need right here, close to home, in familiar surroundings. Together with the surgical interventions and chemotherapy already available locally, Gordon Hospital’s cancer treatment program is now among the most comprehensive in the region.