Newnan, Ga. (January 16, 2014) – Former Equifax Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Chapman and his wife Karen recently donated the resources to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation to fund the creation of a dedicated, 3,400-square-foot facility for Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. While the donation amount will not be disclosed, the gift covers the full cost of construction and build out of the new Cancer Wellness facility.
Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, which was expanded to Newnan in August 2012 also due to the Chapman’s generosity, offers free, supportive services and programs to anyone affected by cancer, regardless of where treatment was received. Professionally led programs include yoga classes, expressive arts classes, cooking demonstrations, counseling and more.
“The new facility will allow us to offer additional Cancer Wellness programs in a supportive environment designed to promote healing,” said Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Newnan and Piedmont Fayette hospitals. “The Chapman family brought Cancer Wellness to the Coweta community, and we’re grateful to them for their continued support.”
In its first year, Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Newnan helped 575 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The Chapman’s funding in this first year also paid for the hiring of a Cancer Navigator.
Chapman, who lost his first wife to cancer in 2003 and is a cancer survivor himself, supported the initial development of Cancer Wellness at Piedmont to help others avoid the challenges his family experienced as patient and caregiver. Since the first gift in 2006, the Chapman family has helped Piedmont serve its communities better by providing cancer patient navigators, enhancing the practice of oncology nursing, supporting oncology patients with limited finances through Piedmont’s Oncology Action Fund and growing Cancer Wellness programs.
“Our family knows the benefits of Cancer Wellness programming and wants to ensure that patients and families battling cancer have access to these vital services,” said Chapman. “We believe in giving back to the community and know that funding this initiative will improve the lives of thousands.”
As a not-for-profit entity, Piedmont relies on the generosity of donors like Tom Chapman and family in order to offer many programs to the community. Cancer Wellness programs are funded totally by gifts and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information about Cancer Wellness at Piedmont or to make a donation in support of the program, visit piedmont.org.