Athens Regional Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Athens Regional Health System, was established in 1985 to provide enhanced healthcare programs and services that go beyond traditional medical services.
The Foundation Board and its development committees, made up of community volunteers, work with the Medical Center staff and friends to develop and fund programs that improve the health and well-being of our communities.
Our Current Project: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Of the 2,700 annual deliveries at Athens Regional, 10% require extra attention and medical treatment. Our exceptional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides around-the-clock intensive nursing care to these babies.
- Our nurses and doctors must use specialty equipment and tools designed to make caring for these special patients as safe and developmentally appropriate as possible.
- Premature babies are more sensitive to their environment than full-term babies and react more to changes in temperature, light, sound, scent and activity. When premature babies have too much stimulation, they basically shut down. That's why it's so important these tiny patients and their parents have a quiet space, privacy, special equipment and tools.
The campaign to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is $2.5 million. Gifts of all sizes are necessary to provide these services to our babies and families. You can count on our staff to offer loving, personal and quality care.
Past and ongoing projects include:
Cancer Care Services
Cancer Care Services provides increased early detection screenings, enhanced educational and rehabilitation programs, even more state-of-the-art diagnostic technology in the Breast Health Center and increases our endowment so we can continue to provide our support programs and services free of charge.
The Guest House
The Guest House has provided low-cost overnight lodging in a comfortable setting for over 2,260 guests totaling 22,331 nights since opening in 1996.
Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support & Griffin-DuBose Healing Lodge
The Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support and The Griffin-DuBose Healing Lodge provide non-medical support services at no charge for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Breast Health Center
From the dedicated medical staff and the warm ambiance to the latest technology in breast screening and counseling support, the Breast Health Center offers services at ARMC or on our Mobile Mammography Unit.
The GIFT Program
More than 2,000 of our employees are members of the "Getting Involved For Tomorrow" program, raising more than $3.8 million to provide support to ARMC services and financial assistance for employees in need.