They're in almost every home in the nation: that little jar or canister where spare change and small bills accumulate to fund household treats and expenses.
So, what's in the big jar? And what is it intended for?
The planned giving program at Piedmont Healthcare Foundation provides individuals who are interested in supporting Piedmont and its respective entities a way to leave a legacy of love and support to our mission.
"This kind of generosity is so important to community-oriented organizations like Piedmont Healthcare, because it not only provides financial support, but it is also a statement of faith and belief in our mission," said James Gates, a major gifts officer for the Foundation.
J.B. Fuqua bequeathed $5 million in the form of an endowment to support the Fuqua Heart Center, because he was confident in the center's services and role in the community. His gift will earn interest that "pays" Piedmont in perpetuity.
But donors may bequeath a variety of assets: cash, securities, stock, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan or more. Some gifts provide a life-long income to the donor, and others maximize estate and tax planning techniques to provide for charity and minimize impact on a donor's estate.
"The options with planned giving are diverse, and can be tailored to meet the needs of the donor," Gates said.
It also provides the organization with a sustainable future resource to support programs and services.
For information on honoring Piedmont with a planned gift visit our website at piedmontphilanthropy.org and click ways to give or call us at 404-605-2130.
We're happy to share the news—all five Piedmont hospitals are now accredited Chest Pain Centers.
We pursued this accreditation because the designation is essential to saving lives. Through the process, we've transformed our cardiovascular care by interweaving elements of quality, cost and patient satisfaction – ultimately bridging existing gaps in the patient care continuum.
These accreditations were made possible by fundraising at several of our hospitals. At Piedmont Henry, a generous donation from the Chaparral Foundation supported the hospital's accreditation and community outreach components as a Chest Pain Center. By establishing Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) programs in the Piedmont Henry community, earlier access to high-quality CPR and defibrillation will be available.
At Piedmont Mountainside, more than 170 community supporters attended the first annual Save A Heart Luncheon and Fashion Show in April. They raised more than $42,000 for the hospital's accreditation efforts.
Rounding out our fundraising efforts in support of cardiovascular care is the annual Piedmont employee giving campaign, called Count Me In. Piedmont employees raised nearly $260,000 a portion of which will go toward the purchase of a Mobile Chest Pain Lab. An advanced training facility on wheels, the lab will conveniently deliver expert heart care training to our hospitals, EMS partners and local communities. We're excited about the impact this will have on so many in our communities.
Piedmont now has a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Hospitals with Chest Pain Center accreditation emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, Piedmont hospitals were evaluated by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) for their ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the communities served by Piedmont, this means that meet strict criteria aimed at:
Year after year, members of the auxiliaries of each entity of Piedmont Healthcare donate significant amounts of volunteer hours and financial support to our hospitals.
"We couldn't match anywhere close to what they provide to the system in terms of the support they offer patients and families, and the fundraising they do," said Mendal Bouknight, president of Piedmont Healthcare Foundation.
Auxiliary volunteers run the gift shops, transport patients, provide on-campus courier service, assist with admissions and discharges, answer phones, assist patients and visitors at the information desk and complete special projects. At Piedmont Fayette, Mountainside and Newnan, volunteers shuttle patients through the parking lots to the hospital entrance. Piedmont Henry volunteers assist with health fairs community events. And at Piedmont Atlanta, the "Pink Ladies," as they are known, sponsor the Piedmont Ball, the annual Celebration of Love tree and the courtesy shuttle for patients and families.
"If you talk to each of the CEOs, they will tell you that the auxiliaries maintain a very personal touch and profound engagement with the local community," Bouknight said. "They volunteer because they know that their neighbors and their family members use the hospital. And what they give in smiles and warmth is immeasurable."
But much of what the auxiliaries give is measurable. Collectively, the auxiliaries have donated more than $1.5 million to fund enhancements to equipment, patient care and hospital services.
"Their pride and dedication to their local hospitals is admirable," Bouknight said. "You can't put a price tag on that."
Piedmont Atlanta's Women's Services is in the midst of a patient-centric makeover. Thanks to the charitable contributions of many, $5 million of the $7.7 million project is helping us achieve our vision of delivering excellence in care in a family-centered "high touch/high tech" environment.
The project has been divided into three phases:
As part of the renovation project, green spaces were added to every viewpoint and employee workspaces were redefined to improve efficiencies.
Two years ago, John McCrea, then a student at Pace Academy, started a special service organization in memory of Larry Orr, the father of two of his classmates who passed away after battling brain cancer.
Called Food for Thought, John set out to raise money for the Orr Fund benefitting the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center to honor Larry and others impacted by the disease. Along with his friend, Jason Weiner, John sold food to his fellow students – first starting with doughnuts, which the boys picked up before dawn so they'd be fresh and ready for students as they arrived in the mornings.
They also hosted cookouts during exam weeks when the cafeterias were closed. John and Jason brought grills to the school's garden, and they served up hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, chips and more. These cookouts were a big hit with students.
The boys then tried their hand at smoothies. Armed with blenders, they made smoothies with a wide variety of fresh fruit during their free periods at school. The frozen treats were so popular that they reached out for help from other students.
Students supported the program and loved this twist on the traditional bake sale to raise funds. In two years, they've raised more than $1,000 for the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center, supporting the important work there and the fight against cancer.
Cancer Wellness at Piedmont expanded in 2012 when a generous gift from Tom and Karen Chapman allowed the program to open at Piedmont Henry, Piedmont Mountainside and Piedmont Newnan hospitals, while continuing growth of the Piedmont Atlanta program. Two cancer navigators were hired as a result of the donation to help guide cancer patients through their care. The grant also made it possible to bring on an additional patient navigator and two financial navigators.
Karen Bouwman, cancer patient navigator at Piedmont Henry, used her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor to offer support and education to cancer patients.
“I understood medical terms and other things, but dealing with cancer is such an involved process,” she says. “Wanting someone who could help me through that time was a big thing for me.
Stephanie Martin was hired as a breast cancer patient navigator at Piedmont Newnan. She, too, had a personal experience with cancer – her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his battle with the disease several years ago.
“I didn’t understand the medical terms, and I had no idea what resources or treatments were available. I navigated the medical system myself with help of family and friends. Four years later, when I made the decision to start my foundation and to go to nursing school, my goal was to help my patients understand medical terms, treatment options, and where they can go for help. When the nurse navigator role was created at Piedmont, I felt as if it had been delivered to me as a gift, so that I could finally pay it forward.”
Anita Smith joined the Piedmont family earlier this year and serves as the lung cancer patient navigator at Piedmont Atlanta. Like her counterparts at Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Newnan, she helps support cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment.
Tom Chapman, who lost his first wife to cancer in 2003, supported the initial development of Cancer Wellness at Piedmont in 2006 in memory of his wife and the challenges she experienced as a patient. “Our family knows the benefits of navigation and cancer wellness programming, and want to ensure that patients and families battling cancer have access to these vital services,” Chapman said in a statement announcing his donation. “To have our gift touch all the communities that Piedmont Healthcare serves is very gratifying.”