Giving Opportunities FAQ's

1. Where is the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation located?

Whitfield Healthcare Foundation
1200 Memorial Drive
Dalton, GA  30720

Office Hours:  8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Telephone:  706.272.6128

The Foundation office is located on the Medical Center campus on the second floor of the Norman D. Burkett Building.  Enter the Judd Cancer Treatment Center and follow the signage.

2. What is the main purpose of Hamilton Health Care System and why should I support the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation?

As a not-for-profit community health system and hospital, Hamilton's mission is to serve the health care needs of the Northwest Georgia region. All Hamilton resources are dedicated to health care services for the benefit of the communities in the region.

The privilege to serve all regardless of their ability to pay remains a cornerstone of Hamilton’s mission.  However, it demands fiscal discipline and careful planning. 

The Foundation was established in 1975 to encourage charitable gifts that support and advance the mission of Hamilton Health Care System and Affiliates. All gifts to the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation are allocated for facilities, medical equipment and programs that enhance patient care, promote health education, provide access to care regardless of the ability to pay and improve the quality of life in our region.

3. Why is it important for Hamilton Health Care System to maintain a strong financial position?

Hamilton Health Care System and Hamilton Medical Center, for over 90 years of services to this community, have provided high quality, patient care programs evidenced by high rankings from The Joint Commission and numerous awards from the American Hospital Association, Georgia Hospital Association and Press Ganey. This is due to the commitment Hamilton has to excellence in patient and residential care services.  This commitment will never change.

The ability for the System to have capital funds available in the future, in order to maintain a progressive health care delivery system with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained and competent staff, it requires that adequate operating margins be achieved. The operating margins combined with philanthropy provide the resources to sustain the future capital investment to meet health care needs in the region.

The operating margin in the current health care environment is not expected to produce sufficient capital over the long-term for the level of capital expenditures. Additional debt financing provides the shortfall; however, the Foundation’s philanthropic support is critical to reducing the reliance on debt. 

Hamilton is dedicated to providing services which advance the quality and dignity of life while managing resources in a manner that promotes community trust and assures continued financial viability. This can only be accomplished through a collaborative partnership with trustees, physicians, employees and our community.

4. Can the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation be the beneficiary of my will, trust, or life insurance?

Absolutely!  We have developed expert systems to accommodate all types of deferred gifts and provide assistance to donors.  Also, a the Planned Giving Committee of local professionals primarily attorneys specialized in estate planning and financial planning who are available to assist you, if needed.  Contact the Foundation office for more information.

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