GHS’ Office of Philanthropy & Partnership believes that gifts of time, talent and treasure from a caring community impact lives in ways we may never grasp. Every dollar raised is a life touched and often a life saved. The amazing outpouring of love and compassion from our community has made the following stories possible.
Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center Opens
Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center introduced the Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center following a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 3. The center provides medical care for school-age children with chronic illness, cancer and blood disorders so that they can enjoy a full camp experience when not receiving treatment.
This center was made possible through philanthropic support from Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children and named in honor of Cary E. Stroud, MD—now part of Children’s Hospital’s Supportive Care Team, which he helped start—for his lifelong commitment to serving children and families facing challenging medical circumstances.
Dancing Donors with Orange Hearts
Every year, hundreds of Clemson University students join Clemson Miracle to stand, celebrate and dance for 12 energetic hours—all for the sake of children who can’t. Since 2009, Clemson Miracle makers have danced their way to raising funds in support of Children’s Hospital.
This year’s April 1 dance marathon was no different. With a fundraising motto of “All in for 110,” Clemson Miracle surpassed its $110,000 goal, raising an impressive $126,848.54 for our pediatric patients! Clemson Miracle first partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2008 and has since amassed over $294,000 in support of Children’s Hospital.
McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit Expands
April 11 marked the debut of the newly expanded McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Made possible by a seed gift from Bill and the late Esta McCrary (for whom the unit is named) and an outpouring of community support, the expansion includes eight patient rooms, a nourishment station, and wellness suite.
Additionally, the BMT Unit boasts an isolation room, up-to-99-percent purified air system, music therapy and the opportunity for patients to receive life-saving cancer care close to home.
The GHS Cancer Institute is the state’s only collection site for the National Marrow Donor Program. Since its inception, the donor collection program has received over 150 donor referrals. These collections have been sent regionally as well as nationally to support patients with life-threatening diseases.
Academic Scholarship Snippets
- 47 percent of our matriculating students received academic scholarships this fiscal year. Donor-funded scholarships such as the Gilpin Scholarship, Christopher McManus Scholarship, Charles D. Walters Family Foundation Scholarship and others offer support for these students.
- 184 high school, college and university students took part in our innovative pipeline program, Medical Experience (MedEx) Academy. Many received stipends and scholarships provided by way of philanthropic support. Our donors have laid a foundation of promise and opportunity for many students to explore a career in health care who may not have attended this unique program because of financial hardship.
Oconee Foundation Highlights
Support for Oconee Memorial Hospital (OMH) and its many campus services has long been a priority for a generous upstate community, demonstrated by the donations highlighted below for FY17:
- Over $1.1 million was contributed in pledges, cash and in-kind donations.
- OMH Foundation donors and the OMH Foundation Hospice Advisory Board presented GHS Hospice of the Foothills and Cottingham Hospice House with $140,000 to purchase a Hill-Rom Navicare Call System. This state-of-the-art system enhances communication and safety for both staff and patients.
- The 10th Anniversary OMH Foundation Golf Classic raised an impressive $81,602, with proceeds split among GHS Safe Kids™ Oconee County, OMH Breast Care Center and the Mountain Lakes AccessHealth Dental Clinic.
- The 14th Christmas Tree Festival, which benefits GHS Hospice of the Foothills, enjoyed its most successful event ever—raising more than $177,000. The 2017 festival broke several records: highest ticket sales, most money earned from the Pass the Purse event and most profit from the Gala Auction.