Annual Golf Invitational Raises Record $200,000 to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

SEPT. 11, 2017 | BRISTOL, VA.

Children in the Tri-Cities area will benefit from a record fundraiser that will enable Wellmont Health System to purchase needed equipment and support community-based services to improve their health.

The organization’s annual invitational golf tournament, held Monday, Aug. 28, at The Virginian Golf Club, raised $200,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Wellmont has served as the region’s Children’s Miracle Network affiliate for 30 years, and all money raised in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee by the national charity remains here to strengthen children’s lives.

This year’s tournament attracted 121 golfers and a host of sponsors. The presenting sponsor was Quest Diagnostics, and platinum sponsors were BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Healthcare Trust of America, Sodexo and Vizient.

“The community spirit these local and national businesses and other philanthropic individuals exhibited will profoundly affect our ability to help children in our region,” said Todd Norris, president of Wellmont Foundation and senior vice president for system advancement at Wellmont Health System. “With their support, our physicians will have high-quality equipment to provide potentially lifesaving care to children. We will also be able to enhance our connections with community agencies in meaningful ways to improve children’s health and well-being.”

Since 2008, the annual invitational has raised more than $1.3 million.

With these funds, Wellmont has made substantial investments in its facilities, including buying state-of-the-art equipment for the birthing units, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatrics departments and emergency departments. The collaboration with Children’s Miracle Network has also provided Wellmont with resources to fund partnerships with organizations in the community that work closely with children.

A new example of the benefit of aligning with this national organization is with an upcoming project at Takoma Regional Hospital. Children’s Miracle Network will provide as much as $50,000 to match additional funds provided by the community to renovate and redesign the hospital’s nursery.

The charity also played a significant role in the relocation and expansion of the NICU at Holston Valley Medical Center as part of plan to create a Center for Women and Infants. And since 2000, the foundation and Children’s Miracle Network have collaborated to purchase fitness equipment for local schools in conjunction with Project Fit America.

“These funds have made a significant impact on children by giving them promise for a bright and healthy future,” Norris said. “We receive many donations, large and small, to Children’s Miracle Network and are grateful to everyone who steps forward to assist. Together, we are demonstrating the value we place on the next generation.”

Anyone who is interested in organizing a fundraiser can call the foundation at 423-230-8550 to discuss the idea. In addition, donations to Children’s Miracle Network can be made at any time by visiting www.wellmontfoundation.org. More information about this charity is available at www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.