CRMC Foundation Grant Supports Respiratory Therapy


Cookeville, TN – The Foundation at Cookeville Regional announces a $500 grant from its Unrestricted Fund to the Respiratory Therapy program at Cookeville Regional to help Upper Cumberland students understand the dangers of smoking.    


Randel Wallace, Treasurer 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.  “This past November the Foundation held a grant round with a commitment to award up to $25,000 in grants to Cookeville Regional from our Unrestricted Fund.  This fund gives our Board discretion in how we wish to support Cookeville Regional.  We were extremely pleased that the grant proposals we received represented both big and small projects.  The Respiratory Therapy proposal asked for so little but it represented Cookeville Regional ongoing health education outreach efforts in the community.  The Foundation Board was more than happy to help upgrade their educational materials.”


Colleen Schabacker, Director of Respiratory Care, shares how the funds help the respiratory care department,  “Every year we present programs on the dangers of smoking to elementary schools and numerous health fairs. The purchase of the portable ventilator will help us reach more students.  The ventilator is used to show the difference between a healthy lung and a smoker’s lung.  The students and participants at the health fairs actually see the end result of years of smoking.  It’s not pretty but then, neither is the affects of years of smoking.”    


Paul Korth, Interim CEO/CFO at Cookeville Regional, added, “We are very excited to be working with the Foundation to identify and partner with programs benefiting the young people of the Upper Cumberland. 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.



Colleen Schabacker, Director of Respiratory Care

Stephanie Miller, Vice President of Ancillary Services

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

Randel Wallace, Treasurer, Foundation at Cookeville Regional

Ritchie Houge, Executive Director, Foundation at Cookeville Regional