Community support helps GHS break fund-raising record

GREENVILLE, SC – Overwhelming community support helped Greenville Health System surpass its $80 million philanthropy goal by 14 percent one year ahead of schedule.

The record-setting “Campaign for the Second Century: Transforming Health Care” will strengthen clinical care programs and expand academic and research programs.

George Maynard III, GHS’ vice president of institutional advancement, announced the news at a Tuesday night celebration at Greenville’s Fluor Field.

“Philanthropy helps create, grow and sustain important programs that may not have another funding source. It is this legacy of generosity that has allowed GHS to touch thousands of lives over more than 100 years, and it is this generosity that will allow us to continue providing hope, healing and inspiration to those we serve in the future,” said Maynard. “Giving enables us to transform the lives of our patients, but it also transforms the lives of our donors. No higher purpose exists than saving a life or restoring a sick person to health. Gifts to GHS make a profound difference for patients, their families and our region.”

Jerry Dempsey, campaign chairman and former chairman of the GHS Board of Trustees, Greenville icon and former CEO of several Fortune 500 companies, was instrumental in exceeding the goal, said Maynard.

“This campaign’s success is due in large part to his support and loyalty to this hospital system and our patients through his service as GHS board chair and campaign chair,” said Maynard. “He has focused on details and participated generously with his own leadership gift – quite simply, he has been the best volunteer leader in my career.”

“Community support, vision and hard work started GHS in 1912, and it’s that same support, vision and hard work that have grown us into what we are today,” said Dempsey. “In the last century, Greenville citizens showed that they had the vision to transform a city. That same creativity, compassion and capability is taking GHS to a new level of service and accomplishment for the communities we serve, both in Greenville and beyond.”

“Like me, people believe that GHS is a great resource that we’re fortunate to have in our own backyard,” said Dempsey. “GHS has transformed itself over the last 100-plus years from a small Greenville hospital to the nation’s 100th academic health center, where research and academics are coming together to provide constantly improving healthcare despite a climate of constant change.”

Programs recently made possible or significantly expanded through extraordinary giving include the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health and Advocacy and the McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit. Other programs made possible through giving include the Rare Tumor Center; the Medical Experience Academy, a nationally recognized pipeline program for healthcare careers; the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Clinic, the Children’s Hospital Seed Fund for Advanced Pediatrics and the Ferlauto Center for Complex Pediatric Care. The campaign also initiated scholarship support for top med students applying to USC School of Medicine Greenville.

One need only look to GHS’ new medical school partnership, innovative cancer research and therapies, extraordinary Children’s Hospital and advancements in neurologic and cardiac medicine as evidence of how healthcare delivery is being re-imagined in the Upstate, said Dempsey.

Maynard also acknowledged outstanding physician leadership and the hard work of advancement councils, comprised of physician and community leadership, for completing the campaign one year ahead of schedule.

Since GHS receives no financial assistance from local or state government, philanthropic support allows for investments that make additional high-quality, patient-centered care possible.

Said Dr. Jerry Youkey, dean of the USC School of Medicine Greenville, “Two of the many things that attracted me to Greenville 18 years ago were visionary leadership and the apparent staunch will of people to come together to get things done for the benefit of the community. My impression on both counts has proven accurate and is clearly complimented by the generosity of the community in supporting worthy causes, such as this GHS Campaign for the Second Century to Transform Health Care. I hope and pray that these community strengths continue so that we stand together to take on the challenges of the 21st century.”

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