Memorial Health Contributes $1 Million to Local Organizations

Staff Report

Friday, April 15th, 2022

When Memorial Health joined HCA Healthcare on February 1, 2018, a Community Benefit Fund was established to provide much-needed financial resources to organizations that are working to improve our community. Every year, we award $250,000 to help agencies continue the good work they do. As of December 31, 2021, Memorial Health has contributed $1 million from our Community Benefit Fund, benefitting 36 worthwhile organizations.

“While caring for our patients and their loved ones is a priority, our commitment to care also applies to our colleagues, our community and organizations that promote health and well-being, education and quality of life,” said Shayne George, Memorial Health CEO. Some of the organizations we are proud to support include:

  • We contributed more than $250,000 to the Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University (GSU) to help prepare future health professionals. Many of the nurses and clinicians caring for patients in our local hospitals and medical facilities were trained at GSU.

  • More than $200,000 has been given to local children’s charities. As the region’s only children’s hospital, caring for kids is important to us. Our contributions support organizations that help children with cancer and other illnesses, teach financial literacy to students, offer programs for special needs children and grant wishes for kids with serious illnesses.

  • To help colleagues have the opportunity for home ownership, we have contributed $120,000 to the Savannah Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), a City of Savannah program. In 2021, SAHF staff helped eight Memorial Health colleagues purchase their first home and are actively working with 18 others interested in purchasing their first homes.

  • We have also contributed to many health and human services agencies like American Heart Association, America’s Second Harvest, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Step Up Savannah and United Way of the Coastal Empire.

“Serving our community is a pillar at Memorial Health, said George. “One of our founders, Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., said, ‘There is so much good to do in the world and so many different ways to do it.’ Our Community Benefit Fund is just one way that Memorial Health is striving to do good work in the communities we serve.”