Health System Receives Anonymous Donation to Build New Facility

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Southeast Georgia Health System announced they will soon embark on a new construction project, thanks to a generous donation received in late December. Although the donor wishes to remain anonymous, the purpose of the gift is very specific. The Health System is required to use the funds to build a new lodging facility, similar to the Ronald McDonald House concept, which will serve as short-term residential quarters for the visiting family members of cancer and critical care patients, CyberKnife patients from outside the primary service area, and medical students rotating with the Health System’s medical staff. “We are very thankful for this gift and the opportunity to improve our patients and their family members’ experience,” says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO. “We often have family members who travel from out of town to be near their loved one when they’re hospitalized, and patients who travel significant distances to receive cancer treatments. Soon, we’ll be able to offer them a comfortable home-like environment which, we hope, will help to alleviate some of their stress and anxieties.” The facility will be located adjacent to the Brunswick Campus on Kemble Avenue, between Starling Street and Oriole Street. Plans include a one-story residential building with three neighborhoods. The cancer patient residential neighborhood will include 16 one-bedroom units, the critical care patient residential neighborhood will consist of 12 two-bedroom units, and the student/on-call residential neighborhood will have 16 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom units, all of which include compact refrigerators, microwaves, and handicap-accessible restrooms with showers. Similar to a vacation time-share, each unit will be fully furnished and equipped with dinnerware and other essential items. A comfortable, welcoming common area will serve as the central entry point joining the three neighborhoods, and community laundry facilities will be available. The grounds will feature a courtyard with two existing oak trees and parking areas. “To my knowledge, this is the single largest gift the Health System has ever received,” Colberg says. “This lodging facility will help us to achieve our vision of being the region’s health care provider of choice.” “I commend all my fellow team members for their professionalism and dedication to delivering excellence, which is what ultimately led to the donor’s interest in our Health System,” he added. “This gift was given because of the confidence our donor has in each of them and Southeast Georgia Health System.”