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October 7, 2012

Whitfield Healthcare Foundation board adds new trustees

The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hamilton Health Care System, announces the appointment of seven new trustees to the foundation board. Chaired by Robert H. Smalley III, partner with the McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham law firm, the foundation’s mission is to encourage charitable gifts that support and advance the quality of health care provided by Hamilton Health Care System and its affiliates.

Established in 1975, the foundation is guided by a board of 75 trustees serving on one of six committees: annual support, business relations, planned giving, signature gifts, special prospects or trust committee.

The annual support committee, which solicits new donors and gifts on an annual basis through programs including Westcott Associate, Hamilton Club, Love Light Trees, Golf Invitational, Speedy Recovery and Swing for Wellness, also sponsors various community outreach educational programs such as Brown Bag Luncheon, Camp Sweet Control and Wellspring for Women. New to the committee are Michel Bates, James Coker and Jeff Riddlebarger.

Elizabeth “Michel” Bates is the director of tennis for the City of Dalton/Dalton Parks and Recreation Department. Bates is active in the community, helping to organize multiple tennis events for different charities and programs. Her expertise has been invaluable to the successful coordination of the foundation’s annual Swing for Wellness tennis event. She attends First Presbyterian Church of Dalton.

James R. Coker III received a bachelor of science in business administration from The Citadel. He is division vice president with Shaw Commercial Business Group and serves as a United Way volunteer. He and his wife, Allyson, have four children, J. Reaves Coker, Morgan Coker, Susannah Tighe and John P. Tighe. They attend Rock Bridge Community Church.

Jeff Riddlebarger, corporate compensation director for Shaw Industries, received a bachelor of science in human relations from Auburn University and a master of business administration from Kennesaw State University. His community activities include membership on the Coahulla Creek High School booster organization and the Merit Board for Whitfield County. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals. He and his wife, Pam, have two children, Austin and Haley, and they attend Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Joining the current roster of the business relations committee is Daniel A. “Dan” Rogers. The committee serves as liaison to the business and professional sector of the community and the medical center and cultivates financial support through the Hamilton Business Alliance.

Rogers, business director-carpet chemicals with Omnova Solutions, received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He serves on the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors, the Carpet and Rug Institute Board of Directors and is chairman of the Authority Board of the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Dalton and is past president of the Northwest Whitfield High School swim booster club. A member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, he is married to Diane and they have two children, Allyson and Jake.

Robert K. Estes Jr. joins the planned giving committee, which assists in implementing programs that will produce financial support for the foundation in the major areas of planned giving, such as wills and bequests, life income agreements, life insurance, annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

Estes is partner in Estes & Williams CPAs, and received a bachelor of science in finance from Penn State. He serves as treasurer of the Salvation Army; chairman of the finance committee of First Baptist Church; and is a member of the Northwest Georgia Council of Boy Scouts of America. He and his, wife, Nancy, have two sons, Andrew and Will, and attend First Baptist Church of Dalton.

The special prospects committee, which is responsible for the procurement of individuals for membership in the Westcott Fellowship giving program, adds Dr. Kathryn Knight and William Norris Little.

Knight is returning for a second term as a foundation trustee. She is a pathologist with PathGroup/Associated Pathologists, one of the largest physician-owned pathology groups in the United States. Prior to the merger with PathGroup, she served as president of Associates in Laboratory Medicine and continues her practice as laboratory medical director of Hamilton Medical Center and of Murray Medical Center. She is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology. She is a bachelor of science graduate of Auburn University with high honors and received her doctor of medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, completing her pathology residency at Emory University and fellowship training at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, where she subsequently held an academic appointment. She is now the president-elect of the Georgia Association of Pathologists. She and her husband, John Miller, have one son, John Eric.

Norris Little, a retired Dalton businessman, is also returning for a second term as a trustee. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Dalton, the Dalton State College Foundation, the Christian Heritage School Foundation and numerous other community organizations. He attends Grace Presbyterian and is married to Billie. They have three children; Norris, Alan and Laurie.

In expressing his appreciation for the willingness of the new trustees to serve as representatives of the foundation within our community, Smalley said, “I look forward to serving with these trustees as we work together toward the goal of providing the financial support needed to ensure Hamilton Health Care System’s ready response to the changing health care environment. We realize that philanthropic support is critical to the future of health care and to the foundation’s mission of providing high quality, cost-efficient health care services to the citizens of our region.”

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