10th Annual CRMC Golf Classic “Makes a Difference” for many in the Upper Cumberland


Cookeville, TN -- The 10th Annual Cookeville Regional Medical Center Golf Classic held this past August at Cookeville Golf Club was a tremendous success. And Committee Chairman Mitch Stonecipher couldn’t be more pleased. 


“We had three full rounds of golfers, and an energized sponsorship group.” said Stonecipher, “We couldn’t have asked for more from David Justice, our keynote speaker, for the sold out Thursday night dinner.  He was tremendous, and really helped us celebrate the 10th Golf Classic.”


While the Golf Classic has become a premier event in Cookeville, the financial impact of the two-day fundraiser cannot be overlooked.  Ritchie Houge, executive director of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, announced the Golf Classic’s financials.


“This year the Golf Classic netted $68,000.  This amount will be divided equally between the Foundation’s Caring Hands Fund, Cancer Care Fund, and Pink Ribbon of Hope Fund with each fund receiving over $22,600.” said Houge. 


These three patient assistance funds annually provide needed financial help to more than 700 people who received medical care through Cookeville Regional.


“The Medical Center, the Trustees, administration and all of our 2000 employees are committed to providing the best healthcare possible in the Upper Cumberland.  We are just so blessed to be able to have a little fun, host this event, and provide funding so that the Foundation can make a difference in the lives of some of our patients,” said Stonecipher.


The three funds benefiting from the Golf Classic each have a unique role through the Foundation.


The Caring Hands Fund provides assistance to qualifying patients who are struggling to meet medical and living expenses brought on by serious health care issues.  Barb Davis, director of case management  , chairs a committee responsible for reviewing patient financial needs and making the tough decisions on how to best use the Caring Hands Fund resources.


“We would be unable to assist those in need of medical care, durable medical equipment and other needs without the generosity of the people that give to this fund.  Many elderly would be unable to have their medications, due to the lack of insurance, either primary or co-pays.” said Davis.


Lisa Bagci, director of the Cookeville Regional Cancer Center, chairs a similar committee for the Cancer Care Fund that strives to help cancer patients at Cookeville Regional meet their treatment, medication and basic living needs. 


“Cancer patients have many concerns over the course of their treatment.  When patients are faced with financial difficulty, it is so important to have the Cancer Care Fund as a mechanism to help during their time of need so that they can focus on healing .” said Bagci.


Another preventative program offered through Cookeville Regional is the Pink Ribbon of Hope Project, and it is supporting the Foundation Fund.


“The Pink Ribbon of Hope Project provides free mammograms to uninsured and underinsured people in the Upper Cumberland.” said Michelle Zellner, director of the Imaging Center at Cookeville Regional and Pink Ribbon project coordinator.  “The support we receive from the Golf Classic, grant funding from the local Komen Foundation affiliate, and this year a special grant from the Wal- Mart Foundation is helping us provide this service and breast health awareness to over 500 people.”


The Cookeville Regional Golf Classic has raised more than $588,000 for the Foundation patient assistance funds during its 10 year history.


About the Foundation at Cookeville Regional Medical Center

The Foundation at Cookeville Regional is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization and affiliate of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center.  Its mission is to solicit and receive gifts for the purpose of aiding Cookeville Regional Medical Center Authority in fulfilling its obligation to the community and to make contributions and grants in furtherance of this purpose. 

For more information on the Foundation you may call (931)783-2037 or visit their website at www.thecrmcfoundation.org.



Photo #1: Caring Hands Fund Starting left is Richard Chaffin, Larco; Mitch Stonecipher, chair; Barb Davis, Caring Hands representative; and Steve Vaughn, Larco.





Photo #2:  Cancer Care Fund Starting left is Lynn Timbs,Turner Universal; Mitch Stonecipher, chair; Lisa Bagci, Cancer Center director; Ritchie Houge, Foundation Director.





Photo #3: Pink Ribbon of Hope Starting left is Cory Sewell, Journey Financial Planning; Mitch Stonecipher, chair; Michelle Zellner, Pink Ribbon Chair; Charles Sewell, Journey Financial Planning.