FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Thanks to the generosity of Williamson Medical Center’s neighbors, friends, employees past and present and more, our cardiac rehab program will be able to purchase two new treadmills for its growing list of patients.
Throughout February, the Williamson Medical Center Foundation collected donations to fund the $8,000 to cover the cost. Donors could either purchase $1 hearts at Buchanan’s Cafe in the name of a loved one, or give online. In the first day alone, Buchanan’s counted more than 300 hearts! The Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, pledged to match each donation, dollar-for-dollar.
With February winding down, we reached ever closer to our goal. That’s when Michael McNamara, M.D., stepped in. The surgeon, who is with WMC’s new orthopaedic partnership, the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, wanted to make sure cardiac rehab got what it needed. He reached for his checkbook and chipped in to make sure there would be enough in the fund.
Clay Chapman, MPH, OTR/L, FACHE, director of Rehabilitation Services at Williamson Medical Center, said the love from all of the donors could not have come at a better time.
“We have an immediate need for new treadmills,” he explained. “One of ours recently broke down, and the parts to repair it are no longer made. Then we have another treadmill that is even older than that one. So you can imagine that we need to replace those two as soon as possible.”
The fundraising drive marked a first for Williamson Medical Center. This was the first time that the Foundation had partnered with Buchanan’s Café and the Nutritional Services department to help the medical center. All in all, it was a great success.
It cannot be said enough, though, that none of this would be possible if it were not for the people of the community coming together. You often see the phrase “every dollar counts.” In this case, it was definitely true. For those who gave to the cause, thank you on behalf of the cardiac rehab program and all of Williamson Medical Center.
While this drive has ended, people who wish to help cardiac rehab in the future can still donate online at the Foundation’s webpage.
PHOTO: Dr. Michael McNamara (left) hands Clay Chapman, MPH, OTR/L, FACHE, director of Rehabilitation Services at Williamson Medical Center, a check to help cardiac rehab reach its goal.Share this Article