Foundation to raise funds for Johnston Memorial Hospital


ABINGDON, Va. – Residents of Abingdon and surrounding areas who wish to help out their local hospital now have a way to do so – through the Johnston Memorial Hospital Foundation. The foundation held its first event on June 4 – a VIP gala celebrating the opening of the new JMH facility off Lee Highway in Abingdon. That event raised about $135,000.

“People in our community take personal ownership in their local hospital,” said Duffy Carmack, JMH Foundation president. “For a number of years, people have wanted to make donations to the hospital in memory of family or loved ones, but there just hasn’t been a mechanism in place for that. So I think the time is right for this community to have a foundation that will allow them to support their hospital.” The foundation hopes to raise a total of $500,000 in its first fiscal year, Carmack said.

“As a not-for-profit hospital, we have to manage all our resources carefully in order to make sure we can always meet the needs of our community,” said Sean McMurray, CEO of Johnston Memorial Hospital. “The foundation is a wonderful resource that helps us bridge some gaps so that we can provide the very best for our patients even when resources are limited.”

One of the Foundation’s first purchases was a joint venture with the Johnston Memorial Auxiliary – a golf cart that will be used to transport patients and visitors from the parking lot to the hospital doors. “This is a great service for our patients and visitors to keep them from having to walk long distances, especially during inclement weather,” said McMurray.

The JMH Foundation board members are: Duffy Carmack, chair; Mary Dudley; Brian Ely; Bill Farthing; Marcia Gilliam; Bruce Hatch; Patricia Holtsclaw; Eric Latham; Meredith Mathesius; Sean McMurray; Pete Montague; Sydne Montague; Amanda Pillion; John Schumaker; and Carin Smith.

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