To increase autism awareness, Christine Smith of Chattanooga recently presented a check for $10,000 to Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (ASCI) in honor of her son, Noah. Smith raised the funds by holding a dart-throwing competition, an annual event that has supported ASCI since 2021. From left are Jessica Truelove, ASCI practice manager; Noah; and Jane Snipes, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation. The funds will help provide specialized therapy toys and equipment for treatment purposes.
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The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation will host its 29th annual Golf Invitational on Monday, October 18, at The Farm. Proceeds from the event are designated for Hamilton Cardiovascular Institute, as Hamilton expands cardiac and vascular services to include innovative interventional techniques and open-heart surgery. With the development of the institute, Hamilton is making a substantial investment in the future of cardiovascular care in northwest Georgia. Hamilton has embarked on a new age in heart care, with the recruitment of a premier cardiovascular team and a commitment to outstanding patient-centered care. With a heart attack, the number one cause of death in adults in the U.S, seconds truly count when it comes to the heart. Advanced, life-saving techniques and open heart surgery are now available locally, and patients can access a full range of cardiovascular services, from prevention and diagnosis to cutting edge treatments and surgical intervention.
As the non-profit fundraising entity of Hamilton Health Care System, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is strongly committed to investing in capital projects, community health initiatives, technological advancements, and innovative programs and services which advance healthcare in the region. States Foundation Executive Director Jane Snipes: “We are unwavering in our commitment to supporting the full development of Hamilton Cardiovascular Institute. The patient care focus and expertise of the team perfectly aligns with our Foundation’s mission to provide excellence in healthcare for the residents of northwest Georgia. Exceptional physicians in the rapidly evolving fields of cardiology, surgery, and vascular health are at the forefront of this institute, and we are committed to their vision of developing a cardiovascular institute second to none. I put this team of specialists and care providers up against any in their respective fields today, and that includes larger healthcare systems and major centers. As patients experience their outstanding, personalized care, this Institute will quickly become the region’s cardiovascular center of choice.”
The Golf Invitational serves as one of the Foundation’s primary annual fundraisers. Team entry information and a variety of sponsorship opportunities can be accessed on the Foundation’s website at HamiltonHealth.com/golfinvitational or by phone at 706.272.6128. Team entries are filling fast.
All sponsors will receive promotion on the Foundation’s website and at the tournament, as well as publication in the Foundation’s Annual Report. Cart sponsors will have on-course cart signage while hole sponsors will have their name featured on specific holes. The Foundation is hosting a silent auction, and area businesses, retailers and restaurants are encouraged to donate silent auction gifts to enhance fundraising efforts for cardiovascular services. Silent auction donors will receive promotion at the event and online through a virtual bidding platform. The deadline for sponsorships and silent auction donations is October 8.
“The Foundation is honored to designate funds from this tournament to the development of a regional, multidisciplinary cardiovascular center of excellence focused on exceptional patient care and outcomes. Our golf invitational is critical to these efforts, and we encourage members of our community to participate through team play and sponsorships. There’s a sponsorship level for everyone,” notes Scott Sellers, Foundation board chairman.
Jane Snipes, Foundation Executive Director, states: “The generosity of our sponsors and players is invaluable to us. We enjoy the opportunity to celebrate our sponsors by promoting their businesses to our community and players.”
Sponsors for the Invitational to date include, TeamHealth, Brasfield & Gorrie, Engineered Floors, T. U. Parks Construction Company, Cerner, Earl Swensson & Associates, NOVO Health Services, Dalton Plastic Surgery, Ponder Investment Company, Royal Oaks Retirement Community, Gregg Sims Architect, Smile Doctors, Dalton Animal Care, Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Mama Wilson’s, BMW of Chattanooga, Sydnie Horton Design, Pollock & Associates, Precision Chemical & Paper Supply, and Sodexo.
Tournament participants will enjoy the Engineered Floors FootJoy Pro Shop in which players can select a complimentary tee gift package in advance of the tournament from choices online. Hole in one prizes are being sponsored by BMW of Chattanooga.
The putting green and practice range will be open to players 45 minutes prior to designated tee times. A grab-and-go lunch will be provided to each participant, and on-course snacks and refreshments will be available. Awards and prizes will be presented to the first, second and third place teams in each of the four flights. Prizes also will be given for on-course contests including hole-in-one, closest to the pin, and longest drive.
To sign up as a player, contact 706.272.6128. To become a sponsor or donate a silent auction item, please contact Gwen Harden at 706.272.6119 or visit HamiltonHealth.com/golfinvitational.
To increase autism awareness, Christine Smith of Chattanooga recently presented a check for $2,800 to Anna Shaw Children’s Institute in honor of her son, Ryan. Smith raised the funds by holding a dart-throwing competition. From left are Gwen Harden, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation; Christine Smith; Ashley Johnson, speech-language pathologist; and Laura Ogas, music therapist. The funds will help provide specialized therapy toys and equipment for treatment purposes.
The Whitfield Healthcare Foundation, Hamilton Health Care System’s not for profit fundraising entity, is launching a fundraising initiative to support innovative patient care services at Peeples Cancer Institute. The Foundation’s Business Relations committee is spearheading PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU to support the Paxman Scalp Cooling System, an innovative patient support service that greatly reduces or prevents hair loss for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Since the hair loss prevention services are not covered by most insurances, the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation is asking for the community’s help to support these life-changing services for patients with cancer.
To kickstart their fundraising efforts, the Foundation’s Business Relations committee is inviting all area businesses to join the Hamilton Business Alliance, a business partnership program that supports capital projects, community health initiatives, technological advancements, and innovative programs and services at Hamilton. Created to address the region’s changing healthcare needs, the Hamilton Business Alliance offers a range of membership options and giving levels to encourage broad participation and support for healthcare excellence.
Businesses who pledge support for the Hamilton Business Alliance will receive a Hamilton Business Alliance window cling to place on a door or window as well as a PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU window cling and poster to display at their business, signifying their commitment to innovative patient care at Peeples Cancer Institute.
“Our goal is to support these amazing services at Peeples Cancer Institute as we partner together to bring healthcare advancements to northwest Georgia. From small businesses to foundations to large corporations, the Hamilton Business Alliance prioritizes the health and wellbeing of employees and their families. By having businesses collaborate with the Foundation on Hamilton projects, we are able to greatly impact the quality of healthcare and services,” states Kelly Jones, co-chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations Committee and Vice President for Human Resources at Dalton Utilities.
The Paxman Scalp Cooling System responds particularly well with patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. Larry Winter, co-chair of the Foundation’s Business Relations committee, states that he is inspired to lead this fundraising initiative because it supports women’s cancer services. “Our business has 27 employees, 18 of whom are women. At Nichols, Cauley & Associates, we are advocating and pledging funds for this advancement in cancer services to affirm our commitment to next-level care.”
Eric Turner, MD, Medical Director for Peeples Cancer Institute, relates the challenges many patients face while undergoing chemotherapy: “Chemotherapy-induced hair loss is one of the most traumatic side effects associated with cancer treatment. Hair loss can be a visualization of a patient’s internal anxiety and strife. The hope with the Paxman System and cooling cap is that by diminishing or preventing hair loss, we can allow patients to look and feel more like themselves. Many times, knowing that our staff is committed to their emotional and physical wellbeing throughout the continuum of care offers patients the encouragement and motivation they need to fight through to the end of their therapy.”
Jane Snipes, Foundation Executive Director states: “Our Foundation members are steadfast in their support of groundbreaking developments and innovative services for patients and their families. Kelly Jones and Larry Winter are two highly respected members of our Foundation who are passionately committed to this project. We hope that individuals and families will join our business community in this call to action to advance cancer care and services. PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU is something positive we all can get behind, especially as we continue to navigate the challenges of 2020.”
To give to PEEPLES + PAXMAN + YOU or to join the Hamilton Business Alliance, visit HamiltonHealth.com/foundation or call the Foundation at 706.272.6128.