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Grady General Hospital is the beneficiary of a major gift from Ameris Bank. As part of the Georgia HEART Hospital Program, Ameris has contributed $1.65 million in financial support to 16 rural hospitals in the bank’s service area throughout Georgia, which is more than double its contribution of $800,000 in 2018.
Grady General will receive $80,000 from Ameris and bank officials made the presentation to Hospital Administrator Crystal Wells on Tuesday.
“Ameris Bank is honored to financially support Grady General Hospital and members of our local community through the Georgia Heart Hospital Program. At Ameris Bank, we are strong believers in supporting our community and in the power of giving back. Our purpose is to provide financial peace of mind to the communities we serve, and this donation allows us to live that purpose. We are grateful for the services that Grady General Hospital provides to our community. Our hope is that our financial support will enhance access to quality healthcare and help provide peace of mind to our friends and neighbors in Grady County,” said Marty Cannington, city president of Ameris Bank in Cairo.
The Georgia HEART Hospital Program, funded through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit, enables Georgia businesses and taxpayers to redirect their Georgia income tax liability to help support qualified rural Georgia hospitals.
“We are so appreciative of this generous contribution from Ameris Bank. Our hospital is fortunate to have widespread support through the HEART program. We will work to make sure the funds are invested wisely and will improve our quality of care and service here in Grady County,” Administrator Wells said.
The 50 other rural Georgia hospitals receiving donations from Ameris Bank include: Brooks County Hospital (Quitman), Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas), Colquitt Regional Medical Center (Moultrie), Crisp Regional Hospital (Cordele), Donalsonville Hospital, Effingham Hospital – Springfield, Irwin County Hospital (Ocilla), Jasper Memorial Hospital (Monticello), John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital (Thomasville), Liberty Regional Medical Center (Hinesville), Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia), South Georgia Medical Center – Berrien Campus (Nashville), South Georgia Medical Center – Lakeland Campus, Tift Regional Medical Center (Tifton) and WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital (Jackson).
“As a community bank grounded in service and character, we consider it a great honor to be able to make these contributions to support families across rural Georgia,” said Ameris Bank CEO Dennis J. Zember Jr. He added, “We are neighbors in these communities, and we are committed to doing our part to help bring them advance access to quality healthcare.”