Established in 1987, the East Alabama Medical Center Foundation was created to provide for the continued support of the mission of East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC).
The first project, funded through the Foundation in 1987 was a feeding room where new mothers could return to the hospital to feed their hospitalized infants. The Lee County Medical Auxiliary contributed to this project with a $1,600 donation.
Over the years, many projects and improvements have been funded by the community through the EAMC Foundation, including:
- The Buck Rice Memorial Chapel
- A major renovation of the Pediatric Unit in 1988 (made possible with the support of more than 1,000 donors who raised $125,000)
- The construction of the Cancer Center, which opened in 1992
- A grant to help with the establishment of Mercy Medical Center (the area’s free health clinic, located in Auburn) in 2001
- The construction of Bethany House, the state's first freestanding inpatient hospice facility, which opened in 2000.
- In 2010, gifts to the Foundation funded the Goodson Oncology Wellness Program & Garden for the Cancer Center, and a new CALEO Neonate baby warmer for the Nursery.
In 2011, the Foundation funded the following:
- Arctic Sun cooling blanket for heart attack patients - $40,000
- NOELLE and Newborn HAL Simulators - $55,000
- Elliptical machine for Cardiac Rehab patients - $5,500
- RehabWorks outdoor children’s Thera-scape - $40,000
- Two fetal monitors for the Prenatal Clinic - $14,500
- Bethany House redecorating - $19,000
- Continued funding for the Prenatal Clinic’s infant car seat program.
- In 2012, the Foundation began its first HERO (Healthcare Employees Reaching Out) employee campaign. Close to 800 employees donated over $82,000 to a new Patient Crisis Fund. The Celebrate Life fundraising event was established and in its first year raised $72,305 for underserved programs. The Foundation also funded the purchase of the first AutoPulse machine for the Emergency Department. EAMC is the first hospital in the area to have this technology available to patients in need of cardiac resuscitation.
- In 2013, the Foundation funded a second AutoPulse machine to use in responding to emergencies throughout the hospital. The Cancer Center’s Breast Health Fund received more than $100,000 from the proceeds of the Think Pink survivors’ walk, the Foundation’s first Wine, Women & Shoes event and individual donors.
- In 2014, the Foundation raised even more through the Wine, Women and Shoes event raising over $200,000 for our Breast Health Fund. In addition, we were able to fund a Babytherm for the Mother/Baby Unit and a Moveo XP for Intensive Care.
- In 2017: The Foundation helped the Long Term Unit at EAMC purchase a $25,000 van that helped them get at-risk teenagers to important medical and personal appointments.
- In 2018: The Foundation and the breast cancer fund worked together to raise money to purchase a Genius 3D Mammography exam by Hologic 3D Mammography. The Genius exam is the only mammogram proven to detect breast cancers 15 months earlier, reduce unnecessary callbacks by up to 40 percent, and find 41 percent more invasive cancers than conventional mammography alone.
- The Foundation provides ongoing support for community outreach efforts involving the Cancer Center of East Alabama, the Diabetes and Nutrition Center, HealthPlus Fitness Center and many other deserving programs, all of which provide needed services to those in our community with limited health care resources.