CRMC Foundation Grant Benefits CRMC Cardiac Rehab Patients


Cookeville, TN – The Foundation at Cookeville Regional announces a $15,000 grant from its Unrestricted Fund to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Cookeville Regional to purchase vital cardiac rehabilitation equipment for its patients.  This grant directly supports Cookeville Regional’s overall cardiac care services which have been recognized as being an America’s “Top 100” and “Best in Tennessee” according to Health Grades (2013).  


Steve Boots, President of the Foundation at Cookeville Regional Board, presented Cookeville Regional with the grant award highlighting the Foundation’s mission and commitment to excellence in healthcare in the Upper Cumberland.  "For years, I have been impressed with the accolades that have been given to cardiac care at Cookeville Regional, and am pleased that our Foundation is able to support the people involved in providing this exemplary care along with the patients who rely on them.  Making these types of grants from the Unrestricted Fund is a new part of our funding process, and I hope that the people of the Upper Cumberland will continue to be generous so that we can further support the hospital and the people who provide such skilled care."


“Cookeville Regional’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program averages 22,500  patient visits a year,” said Debbie Baker, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation.  “Our patients who follow their rehab program regularly benefit in multiple ways.  Patient and family learning opportunities are individualized and the exercise program is specific to their needs.  This supports patients’ efforts to achieve maximum quality of health benefiting them both physically and emotionally.  Exercise is important and is a part of our program along with the promotion of a healthy lifestyle focused on exercise and keeping their weight under control, healthy eating habits, understanding their medications, importance of communicating with their physicians, and identifying and managing stress and/or depression.  We are thankful for the Cookeville Regional and the Foundations financial commitment that will allow us to continue to support our patients and family members who have experienced a sudden unexpected life event and are looking for someone to walk along side them and provide reassurance. For many, just being in an exercise environment with others experiencing similar challenges provides such a sense of relief.”


Paul Korth, Chief Financial Officer/ Interim Chief Executive Officer at Cookeville Regional, added, “We are very excited to be working with the Foundation to identify and partner with projects and programs benefiting our patients. Cookeville Regional’s excellence in healthcare services will be greatly enhanced because of the generosity of the people, businesses and organizations who give to the Foundation.  We couldn’t be more grateful to our partners in health.”  


The Foundation at Cookeville Regional is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization.  As an independent affiliate of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center, the Foundation’s mission is to generate contributions to assist Cookeville Regional in fulfilling its mission to provide quality healthcare to our community.  Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  Our federal taxpayer identification number is 20-1550666.



Debbie Baker, Director of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Stephanie Miller, Vice President of Ancillary Services

Paul Korth, Chief Financial Officer/Interim Chief Executive Office at Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Steve Boots, President, Foundation at Cookeville Regional

Ritchie Houge, Executive Director, Foundation at Cookeville Regional