Pictured are Ameris Bank City President Tracy Pickle, Donalsonville Hospital Administrator Chuck Orrick, Ameris Bank’s Katie Turner, Donalsonville Hospital CFO James Moody and Donalsonville Hospital Comptroller Katie Hatcher
Donalsonville 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.
Donalsonville Hospital will receive $40,000 from Ameris and bank officials made the presentation last week to Hospital Administrator Chuck Orrick, Chief Financial Officer James Moody and Comptroller Katie Hatcher.
“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. “We are neighbors in these communities, and we are committed to doing our part to help bring them financial peace of mind and advance access to quality healthcare.”
The Georgia HEART Hospital Program, funded through the Rural Hospital Tax Credit, enables Georgia businesses and taxpayers to redirect their Georgia income tax liability to help support these qualified hospitals.
“We are so thankful Ameris Bank is supporting rural medicine through the Georgia HEART tax credit program, said Moody. “Increased participation from our local businesses will result in expanded hospital services, new technology and help strengthen our healthcare infrastructure.”
In addition to Donalsonville Hospital, the following 15 rural Georgia hospitals also received donations from Ameris Bank: Brooks County Hospital (Quitman), Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas), Colquitt Regional Medical Center (Moultrie), Crisp Regional Hospital (Cordele), Effingham Hospital — Springfield, Grady General Hospital (Cairo), 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).
Rural hospitals in the state of Georgia have been facing a financial crisis for years as a result of demographic, economic and industry challenges. The Georgia HEART Hospital Program partners with the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit bill (State Bill 258) to increase the funding to these rural and critical access hospitals. This assistance furthers their ability to provide quality health care for the thousands of Georgians who call these communities home. Funds provided by Ameris Bank will be used by local hospitals in ways that best fit their specific needs to better provide quality healthcare to their patients.