Leann Smith and Chris Saboura, Co-Chairs of Redmond’s 2015 Giving Heart Campaign

Rome, Ga., November 24, 2015 — Redmond Regional Medical Center employees gave back to their community by participating in the hospital’s Giving Heart Campaign.  Through the month of October, employees had the option of making one time donations or setting up an automatic withdrawal from their pay checks that would go to non-profit organizations of their choosing.  Through the leadership of campaign co-chairs, Chris Saboura and Leann Smith, nearly 450 team members participated in the campaign and raised over $115,000 through employee-only donations. Many of these donations also qualified for a donation match program that elevated the grand total raised to over $150,000.

For more than 25 years, Redmond employees have celebrated a month-long campaign of charitable giving during the month of October.  “Being part of a very generous and caring hospital that has always been willing to give to our community, this year we called the campaign the Giving Heart Campaign,” said Chris Saboura, Pharmacy Director and campaign co-chair.  “This is what we at Redmond are all about.  And it showed by the large amount of donations we raised that will go back to our community.”

The kick-off for the month-long campaign was held on Oct. 7 with an employee picnic.  Representatives from several non-profit organizations were also on hand to provide information to employees about their organizations and to answer questions.  “It was an honor meeting some of our local agency representatives and learning more about non-profit opportunities in our own back yard,” said Leann Smith, Controller and campaign co-chair.  “As always, the Redmond family is very generous and rallied to support this year’s campaign.”

Through the Giving Heart Campaign, employees donated money to 46 non-profit organizations, both local and national.  Employees were able to choose specific non-profits they wanted to support.  Some of the local agencies supported include:  The Free Clinic of Rome, United Way, Boy Scouts, Open Door Home, The Salvation Army, The Sweet Cocoon (focused on providing a place of support and respite for seriously ill and disabled children and their families), and Summit Quest (an organization that provides support services for families affected by cancer).

 To make an even greater impact, Redmond’s parent company, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), participated as well.  For every employee donation between $250 and $500, HCA matched it with their own donation.  This matching program and the charitable donations of employees helped Redmond raise a total of more than $150,000.  “The culture of Redmond is one of caring and giving,” said John Quinlivan, Chief Executive Officer at Redmond.  “For years, our employees have given of their time and money to so many local charities.   This year, our company offered a donation matching program.  I’m proud to be a part of a company that recognizes the importance of giving back to our community.  I’m even more proud of our team and campaign co-chairs for their dedication to make this year’s Giving Heart Campaign one of our most successful.”