Established in 2001, the Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation raises, protects and distributes funds that improve health care for you, your family and friends.
To develop philanthropic resources to support and enhance GHS Oconee Memorial Hospital and its community health programs.
Contributing to the health of our community is a sensible investment now and a sound investment for the future well-being of our community.
- Every dollar donated goes directly to support the causes and service area that the donor chooses.
- No donated funds are used to cover overhead or operational expenses. We are proud to be employed by the Greenville Health System, who absorbs our operating budget.
- The OMH Foundation operating budget was $254,834 in FY2016.
- For every $1 invested by,GHS in operating OMH Foundation, $5.22 was raised in private support. This ratio is considered an excellent “return on investment” and is considerably higher than the national average of other hospital foundations of our size.
What We Do
Through major gifts, general donations, fundraising events, legacies and more, the Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation strives to raise funds for patient care at Oconee Medical Campus.
FY16 (October 2015 -September 2016) Fund raising Highlights
- Raised a total of $1,331,209 in gifts, pledges and in-kind donations.
- Topped $20 million in giving since inception
- Secured 172 Major Gift Club Members (donors who give $1000+ annually)
- Grew the OMH Endowment (includes OMH and Hospice) to $1,619,146 by December 31, 2017
Each year, OMH Foundation Board accepts proposals from hospital departments seeking funds to enhance patient care in their prospective areas. In March, 2016, the following projects were approved based on the amount of unrestricted gifts from the previous year:
- Surgical Services: Neoprobe Mammotome, technology to help detect breast cancer ($36,159)
- Communications Department/Dispatch: radio console station, a first step toward creating a nurse triage program ($13,107)
- Heart Care Center: cardiac tilt table ($11,971)
- Laboratory: slide stainer ($8,551)
- Therapy Services: 2 pieces of equipment for cardiac strengthening ($7,321)
- Emergency Department: a stretcher ($7,058)
- Uplift Program: 2 lifts for safe patient handling ($4,287)
Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation 2016 Events
- The Ninth Annual OMH Foundation Golf Classic was the most successful ever, earning almost $88,000, which included proceeds from the sold-out golf ball drop. The total proceeds were equally divided between GHS Lila Doyle, Mountain Lakes AccessHealth Dental Clinic and Safe Kids (Oconee program). The Golf Classic brought the total raised over the past nine years to $626,721.
- The 13th Annual Christmas Tree Festival (CTF) that benefits GHS Hospice of the Foothills was the most successful CTF ever- earning more than $167,000. Hundreds of volunteers made this festival possible and without their donations of time, talent and financial resources, we couldn’t enjoy such great success. The four-day festival broke several records – highest ticket sales ever, most earned from the Pass the Purse event and most profit ever from the Gala Auction. Since its inception in 2004, the CTF has raised more than $1,300,000 for GHS Hospice of the Foothills. The 2016 festival was dedicated to the memory of co-founder Cynthia Bush, who passed away in May, 2016. All of this year’s proceeds will be placed in the Crippen Endowment in Cynthia’s name.
- The OMH Foundation’s Employee Giving Campaign kicked off with a “Rockin’ Reception” in October. The foundation offered music, popcorn, cookies and a Rock Star Photo Booth to honor our “everyday rock stars.” Employees contributed a total of almost $45,000 this past year.
How can you contribute?
Your gifts to the Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation can remain unrestricted which will allow us to use the money where the need is greatest. Or, you may designate your gift to be used for a number of different purposes.
Mountain Lakes AccessHealth
Mountain Lakes AccessHealth is a community program designed to provide low-income, uninsured adults with access to quality care and support services.
Staff and volunteers provide participants with: a primary care doctor, specialists if necessary, continuous one-on-one health education and assistance in qualifying for discount medications and community resources. This holistic approach focuses on an improvement in long-term total health. Case management models like this one promote self-sufficiency and show a reduction in hospital utilization rates. Donor funds are used for direct patient assistance for those in crisis (i.e. costly medications and supplies not available through discount programs).
Oconee Medical Campus Patient Tower Campaign
In August 2005, the Foundation also began the campaign to raise up to $4 million to help build the new Patient Tower. Since that time, more than $3.49 million has been given or pledged to this amazing project. The new Tower opened in June 2009, providing our community with 169 private patient rooms with private baths, along with a new Pharmacy, new Critical Care and Progressive Care Units, a new Chapel and a wonderful new Women’s Center with 7 Labor/Delivery/Recovery and Postpartum rooms.
Naming Opportunities remain available in the Patient Tower. For more information, contact Cortni Nations at 885-7909. A pledge payment schedule can be arranged to suit your needs.
Child safety and well-being remain a top priority at Oconee Medical Campus. To emphasize that message, Oconee Medical Campus partnered with Safe Kids Upstate and the School District of Oconee County in 2007 to put safety education and materials into the hands of families in this community.
Safe Kids Upstate is a program led by the Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System University Medical Center. Its mission is to prevent unintentional injury in children, the leading cause of death for children 14 and under. Efforts to bring this same service to Oconee County’s smallest citizens were led by the OMC Foundation Board, Dr. Larry Bowman and Senator Thomas Alexander. These champions for children were passionate about bringing evidence-based services and life-saving equipment to those in need. Since coming to Oconee County four years ago, Safe Kids has helped decrease the incidence of unintentional injury to our youngest citizens by 17%.
“The goal of this partnership is to reduce the number of children entering our Emergency Room with injuries that are preventable. With education from the Safe Kids program, we are seeing a community that is more knowledgeable about injury prevention and therefore willing to take extra precaution to see that our little ones are safe and healthy,” says Jeanne Ward, Regional President, GHS.
Since the Foundation was founded in 2001, many people have chosen to make their gifts to Oconee Medical Campus without restriction — to be used where the need is greatest. Since that time, we have raised more than $1 million in this category. To date, we have used a large portion of these funds to purchase patient care equipment in all areas of teh hospital. Naming opportunities are available. For more information, contact Cortni Nations at 885-7909. A pledge payment schedule can be arranged to suit your needs.
GHS Cancer Institute Seneca
GHS is dedicated to improving quality of life for cancer patients through clinical excellence & research. Gifts cancer care & the care environment in the mountain lakes community.
We could not be more grateful for the remarkable generosity of individuals, families and organizations throughout our community who have supported the Foundation, contributing more than $20 million since its inception. Together, their gifts have allowed us to complete construction of the Cottingham Hospice House, build the Patient Tower, undertake various renovation projects throughout our healthcare system, purchase important healthcare equipment, and initiate new programs and services to further our mission of helping people feel better and live more fully. We would be remiss not to recognize these contributions and to acknowledge the impact they have made upon our organization.
What is Planned Giving?
There are as many different ways to support Oconee Medical Campus as there are needs for your support. Planned giving is an estate-planning tool that allows you to combine your desire to give to a charity with your overall financial, tax and estate planning goals. Planned giving extends your support to Oconee Medical Campus beyond your lifetime.
There are many types of giving options from which you can choose. In addition to many other types of plans, you can name us as a beneficiary in your will or you can name Oconee Medical Campus as beneficiary of your retirement plan.
Why is Planned Giving Important to Oconee Medical Campus?
Excellence at Oconee Medical Campus is enhanced because we are the proud recipients of major gifts. Planned gifts play an important role in maintaining our financial commitments insuring that Oconee Medical Campus is able to continue to provide our community with access to high quality, affordable healthcare.
Why is Planned Giving Important to You?
Are you interested in increasing your annual income? Is your goal to reduce your taxable income? Do you want to leave a legacy that supports Oconee Medical Campus in achieving excellence in health care for our area? These objectives can be accomplished through planned giving. Developing a planned gift strategy for your estate plan allows you to combine your desire to give to Oconee Medical Campus with your other financial, tax, and other estate planning goals.
Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation welcomes the opportunity to talk with you about supporting the healthcare services of the GHS Oconee Medical Campus.
Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation
Cortni Nations, Foundation Manager
298 Memorial Drive
Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: (864) 885-7909 or (864) 885-7912
2017 Hospice of the Foothills Advisory Board
Mary Ann Jones
Sandee Schreiber O’Neill
Staff to Board
Dr. Daniel Smith
2017 Foundation Board of Directors