COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — It is said that natural lighting, flowers and music assist in the healing process. Visitors to the Cookeville Regional Medical Center's Larco lobby already enjoy large windows and fresh flowers. And now, thanks to Dr. Kevin Purgiel and his wife, Nicole, the third healing component is in place — a Yamaha baby grand piano.
Karen Bailey, director of volunteers for CRMC, will make arrangements for various people to play the piano throughout the day.
Purgiel, who recently joined the hospital staff, is board certified as a general surgeon and is a member of the CRMC Physician Associates, with offices located in the Professional Office Building, 146 West Fourth Street, Suite 202.
The donation was administered through The Foundation at CRMC, an independent organization formed exclusively to benefit the mission of CRMC and medical services throughout the 14-county Upper Cumberland region. The Foundation's primary purpose is to raise funds that will assist the hospital in three major ways:
As a nonprofit, The Foundation is established under IRS guidelines as a 501(c)(3) public charity, so that all contributions to The Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent currently allowed by law.
In addition to monetary donations, The Foundation can accept real property — such as houses, land, paintings, automobiles, special furnishings and now, a piano — as donations. The Foundation can sell these items at fair market value as appraised or use them in the hospital if practical. In turn, the donor can accept the appraised value of the item as a tax-deductible donation.
To learn more about how you can support The Foundation, contact Gary Curto, executive director, at (931) 783-2003, or visit the website, CRMCHealth.org/TheFoundation.
Celebrating the addition of a baby grand piano to the Larco lobby at Cookeville Regional are, from left, Dr. Kevin Purgiel, who donated the piano; Levonda Hallums, RN, who is among those scheduled to play the piano regularly; Karen Bailey, CRMC volunteer coordinator; and Gary Curto, executive director of the CRMC Foundation.