Takoma Regional Renovating Nursery; Children’s Miracle Network Providing as Much as $50,000 in Matching Funds

Aug. 29, 2017 | Greeneville, Tenn.

Takoma Regional Hospital’s delivery of high-quality, award-winning obstetrics care for residents of Greene County and nearby communities will advance further with an upcoming renovation and redesign of its nursery.

To expedite this beneficial project, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will provide as much as $50,000 to match additional donations provided by the community. This campaign and other special events held by the hospital this year are designed to provide the remaining funds so construction can begin. The hospital and its foundation have held successful events in recent years to raise about half of the needed funds.

Once the project is complete, physicians and nursing staff will deliver care in a state-of-the-art facility that more effectively utilizes space and offers new equipment, such as warmers and bassinettes.

“We appreciate the trust mothers place in us when they give birth at Takoma Regional,” said Tammy Albright, the hospital’s president. “We focus on providing an ideal setting so they will have an exceptional experience that leaves a lasting impression on them and their families. That is the reason this nursery project is essential: to ensure babies continue to thrive in the early stages of their lives in the most appealing environment.”

Representatives of Takoma Regional, Wellmont Health System and Children’s Miracle Network unveiled the nursery project and the fundraising strategy during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the hospital.

The nursery is licensed to serve nine babies at a time. In addition to providing space for babies to stay while a mother is resting or needing medical attention, the nursery has an area for procedures such as circumcisions and state-mandated hearing screenings.

Takoma Regional, which received the Women’s Choice Award in 2016 as one of the country’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics, had 347 births in 2016.

All money raised by Children’s Miracle Network remains in the area where it is collected to strengthen children’s lives. Wellmont, the Children’s Miracle Network affiliate in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for 30 years, has used funds raised through this national charity to make significant investments.

These include buying state-of-the-art equipment for the health system’s birthing units, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatrics departments and emergency departments. Children’s Miracle Network also provides Wellmont with opportunities to fund community partnerships that advance children’s health.

Wellmont Foundation coordinates all Children’s Miracle Network activities in the region, working with national sponsors and local supporters to complete annual campaigns that raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Walmart, one of the most prominent and prolific backers of Children’s Miracle Network, recently launched its yearly fundraising initiative for the national charity at stores throughout the region.

“Through our affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network, we have been fortunate to collaborate with philanthropic companies and individuals who believe in giving young members of our community the best chance to lead healthy lives,” said Todd Norris, the foundation’s president and the health system’s senior vice president for system advancement. “This has made a profound difference in our region’s quality of life by enabling more children to receive needed care close to home or participate in beneficial community-based services that have long-term positive benefits.”

Now that Takoma Regional has joined Wellmont, the hospital has access to Children’s Miracle Network funds. Darius Peedin, chairman of the hospital’s foundation, said Takoma Regional will take another important step forward with the infusion of this money and further community support.

“Our community has been extremely generous to participate in our annual golf tournament and support our yearly concert, and those funds have put us on the cusp of realizing this dream of a revamped nursery,” Peedin said. “The foundation board is pleased with the progress we have made and is grateful Children’s Miracle Network is providing financial support that will move this project forward. We encourage supporters in the community to provide not only the matching funds for the Children’s Miracle Network contribution but also the remaining money needed.”

The next golf tournament will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, at Andrew Johnson Golf Club. Then, the Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Celebration Tour will hit the stage at Niswonger Performing Arts Center Sunday, Dec. 3, for the hospital’s fundraising concert.

In addition to these financial sources, Takoma Regional’s nursery has benefited from a $15,000 grant from First Tennessee Bank. Plus, the hospital received assistance from the U.S. Agriculture Department to purchase an isolette and a CPAP machine, which can be used in the nursery for children with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

“All of us who support our hospital are passionate about providing a high level of care for patients,” said Sharon Folk, a member of the hospital’s community board and foundation board. “With this nursery initiative, we will elevate our care delivery for infants to the next level and further demonstrate our commitment to excellence. We have been blessed to live and work in a community that sees the value of enhancing our services, and this project illustrates the bright future for Takoma Regional.”

For more information, please call Wellmont Foundation at 423-230-8550. To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network, please visit www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org.