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.
Babytherm is an intensive care infant warming system intended as a therapeutic device providing warmth for premature and full term neonates, and for cooling infants with fever. The device’s oxygen therapy system uses a hood over the baby’s head instead of a tube inserted into their nose. The device’s canopy can provide phototherapy to babies with jaundice during warming. A built-in x-ray tray allows the infant to be x-rayed while on the warming bed eliminating the need to worry about the baby cooling down or suffering cold stress during X-rays.
We now mobilize 80% of our patients, even if they are on a ventilator. Some have problems walking due to prior history of immobility, prolonged illness, or instability in their blood pressure when standing. The Moveo XP is a device we can use with these patients that would allow them to begin gradually bearing weight without compromising their blood pressure. The ability to mobilize and bear weight has tremendous physical and emotional impact on a patient's ability to recover.
- The Foundation provides ongoing support for community outreach efforts involving Unity Wellness Center, the Diabetes and Nutrition Center, HealthPlus Fitness Center, the EAMC Parish Nurse Program, the Cancer Center. These programs provide needed services to those in our community with limited health care resources.