Strong support from community is recognized
PRINCETON — The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted an open house event on Saturday at the new family health clinic.
It was during this event that the Foundation’s Living Legacy campaign donor wall in the entrance of the clinic was unveiled for the first time.
Donors who helped Perry’s Foundation raise $500,000 in five months to help offset the cost of the clinic gathered to watch the unveiling.
Before the paper cover was torn from the wall, Perry President and CEO Annette Schnabel shared a few highlights of the clinic project and gave thanks to those who earned it through the journey of a new clinic.
“Thank you to the clinic leadership team who were bold enough to present to the facility planning committee the idea of a new primary care clinic to solve our long-term needs,” she said. “Thanks to the architects and engineers of the Farnsworth Group, P.J. Hoerr, the construction experts who guided us on this journey.”
Schnabel also thanked Perry’s Board of Directors for “seeing the vision of the primary care community impact and approval of the project,” and also the Perry Foundation Board who “committed and succeeded in raising funds to offset the cost of the project.”
“Perry recognizes we are here for the community and we are only here if the community engages with us,” Schnabel said. “The Foundation created this moment to recognize the many community members and organizations that joyfully gave to the campaign.”
Sue Spratt, the Foundation’s president, explained how the Living Legacy campaign kicked off on Sept. 25, 2019, starting with a generous donation from the Georgia Fay Estate. In December, when the donation from Dr. Harold Hutchinson Jr. and Jeanne Hutchinson was received, the campaign was able to reach its halfway point.
“The Perry Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to thank our area business community contributors — Michlig Grain, First State Bank and Central Bank along with Daryl Becker of Beck Oil and Alfred Shoemake Community Foundation — for their financial commitment to the value and importance of local community health care,” she said.
The Living Legacy campaign also received 70 contributions of various amounts from area organizations, including The Princeton Closet, Princeton Rotary Club and Foundation and small businesses and individuals.
Spratt was also pleased to say the campaign included 100 percent participation from the Perry Memorial Hospital Board, the Foundation Board and executive team.
“Every donor has helped to carry on the legacy of Julia Rackley Perry from 100 years ago. Your generosity is a shining example of community. It is generosity like yours that move our community forward. Your kindness, your spirit, your philanthropy is showcased on our Living Legacy memorial wall,” she said. “This building is a testament to the importance of quality, compassionate patient care and community health and wellness for all generations.”
Perry Memorial Hospital has been providing health care to Princeton and surrounding communities since June 19, 1920.
Perry’s Family Health Clinic is 15,000 square feet and features 21 ground floor patient rooms and two procedural rooms.