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Supporting the Coffee Regional Medical Center

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The purpose of the CRMC Foundation

To enhance CRMC’s impact on healthcare services to patients and families in Coffee and surrounding counties, now and for future generations. Composed of dedicated community volunteers, the Foundation strives to increase community understanding of CRMC’s mission and provides a means for philanthropic giving that helps CRMC provide programs and services that would not be possible without community support.

Hear from two of our Donor Families

Retired educators and long-time donors Beth and Leo Brooks are impressed by the professionalism of CRMC’s clinicians and staff and convinced that having a strong regional hospital is immensely important to their hometown. In recent years, the Brooks have focused their giving on the Cardiac Rehab and Wellness Center out of gratitude for the great care Leo receives there. They often give gifts, especially at Christmas time, in the name of Leo’s doctors. And that’s not all. “Leo gets his blood drawn monthly” says  Beth, “and Melody, Irvin, and other staff are so kind and good, we also have given money in their names.” 

Having lived in the area for almost 50 years, Anne and Tommy Shepherd know the importance of the hospital in the lives of their neighbors and friends. “If you need medical help,” says Anne, “ this is where you need to be.”  Tommy adds, “Anne and I have always been all about the community, and CRMC provides us a tremendous opportunity to give back.” In addition to their gifts in support of the Wellness Center and to other improvements at CRMC, Tommy began volunteering there soon after retiring from the insurance company he and Anne founded.

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How are funds used?

Gifts are used to support specific projects judged by the community, hospital, and volunteer Foundation leaders to have the greatest impact on healthcare service and the health of the community.  In the past, donor gifts have funded such projects as the purchase of birthing beds for the obstetrics area of the hospital, a new 64 slice CT scanner, and most recently the successful campaign to build and equip the Wellness Center and Cardiac Rehab Program. 


Support for 3D Mammography Technology

Currently, the Foundation efforts are focused on raising funds to purchase the most revolutionary new tool to screen and detect breast cancer, recently FDA approved and now available.  The Hologic 3D Mammography system contains a process known as Tomosynthesis to produce a 3 dimensional mammogram, in addition to a conventional 2D mammogram.  Tomosynthesis uses precise, 3D digital images to create a complete reconstruction of the breast.  It allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, and to see masses and distortions associated with cancers much more clearly. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.  Research shows that much smaller lesions are being detected sooner, and uncertain areas of concern are decreasing, leading to fewer false-positive findings and call backs.   

Statistics tell us that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  With early detection of lesions smaller than 1 cm, the cure rate is 98%. 

CRMC was a leader with 2D mammography available to patients in our region in 2005, and now we are committed to continue to bring the best technology with this 3D equipment.   Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Tomosynthesis and the Foundation's campaign to bring this latest technology to CRMC.  We'd like to thank the family of Lisa Chriqui for allowing us to share their story, along with others who have experienced first-hand the devastation of a breast cancer diagnosis. 


Giving Opportunities 

Every gift to the CRMC Foundation is acknowledged, but the Foundation also recognizes donors in the following categories.

  • Healthcare Investors, our Annual Giving Club, contributes $100 or more annually to the CRMC Foundation to support the advancement of healthcare services in CRMC.
  • Business Partners, our Business & Industry Honor Roll, represent businesses and industries that provide financial support to CRMC, recognizing that these gifts help ensure their employees and their families continue to benefit from services thus made possible.
  • The Pillar Society, our Special Gifts Club, is an elite group of community members who make an individual commitment of $10,000 or more to the CRMC Foundation, payable at one time or over a three-year period.
  • The Heritage Circle, our Planned Gift Club, honors those individuals who designate the CRMC Foundation with an endowment or planned gift, either an outright bequest of monies, stocks, or securities, or a gift created in trust or charitable life insurance.


Ways to Give

Any way you want, one time, on a continuing basis, or a planned gift of money, stocks or insurance. Click here to make a gift or call Barry Bloom, VP/Executive Director of CRMC Foundation, 912-383-5621, to discuss these and other options:

  • Tribute gifts. When you make a gift in memory or honor of someone or to celebrate a special occasion, the Foundation will acknowledge your gift to the person you designate, keeping the amount of the gift confidential. You also will receive acknowledgement of your generosity for tax purposes. (Some donors use tribute gifts to express their appreciation to a clinician or staff member who made their visit to CRMC special in some way.)
  • Personalized bricks in the Serenity Garden, located at the front campus of the medical campus, adjacent to the cafeteria.  Personalized bricks are a thoughtful, lasting way to commemorate the birth of a child, marriage or other special events, or as a lasting memorial.  Replica bricks are also available. Click here to download the Serenity Garden Brick Paver brochure PDF.
  • Contributions to honor a favorite physician on National Doctors Day. In 1991, Congress designated each March 30 as National Doctors Day to pay tribute to the nation’s physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury.  



The CRMC Foundation also holds several events each year to allow the community to get together and support CRMC.   Annual Fall Golf Classic

Taste of Southern Hospitality, a culinary event.