I became involved with The Foundation because I see the tremendous growth in our region, and I believe strongly that we need to provide healthcare and medical services to support that growth.
We moved LARCO Medical to the corner of Fourth Street and Willow Avenue in 1994. Our business has grown up in the shadow of Cookeville Regional. We have watched it expand from a one-wing, five-story building to what we see today. The hospital has expanded services and treatments far beyond what were available when we first opened in Cookeville.
Now, when we see an out-of-town ambulance race by our business with sirens and lights running, it is just as likely to be bringing a patient into the hospital for treatment as taking them out to a larger facility.
You know, having a foundation is a new thing for our community. We are not accustomed to organizations, such as CRMC, asking for money. But when you see the way The Foundation has been able to help patients and their families, it makes it all worthwhile. The money that The Foundation raises is going to the growth of the hospital — supporting the whole community in a nutshell. So it is a great thing.
When I began working with the Cookeville Regional Golf Tournament five years ago, we raised around $25,000. They decided to give the money to The Cancer Center to be used for needs of the center and its patients. Although it helped, it is a small amount when you consider what a good foundation will be able to accomplish.
My grandfather, who founded LARCO Medical, received treatment at The Cancer Center at CRMC. Our family has seen firsthand how important it is to have health-care services available in our own community. The outreach that is there — the care for patients — is worth all of the effort.
When you have a family member that is going through a serious illness like cancer, it is important to have a hospital that provides not only excellent treatment, but also comfort and compassion for the family in their own community. That is what Cookeville Regional does, and The Foundation is helping.