Pardee Hospital Foundation announced today that the James H. Cummings Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to its $6 million Capital Campaign for the new Pardee Cancer Center. In recognition of the Cummings Foundation’s generous support, Pardee Foundation will designate a location in the Center to be named in the Cummings Foundation’s honor.
Pardee Hospital will open its new Cancer Center this December through an innovative collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College. The new, state-of-the-art health sciences building will also house Pardee Surgical Associates as well as existing programs in allied health care, pharmacy, and physician assistant studies from Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.
“The James H. Cummings Foundation has partnered with Pardee Hospital since 1964, donating more than $1 million to support high quality health care in the Hendersonville community,” said Mary Jo Hunt, executive director of the James H. Cummings Foundation. “We are pleased to continue our support with this grant for the Cancer Center, which builds on our recent support for the renovations to the surgical suites. Pardee’s good work enhances the lives of citizens of this community. The building housing the Cancer Center is truly a collaborative effort between the hospital, the city, the county, Blue Ridge Community College and Wingate University.”
“We are so grateful for the continued support of the James H. Cummings Foundation,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. “With nearly $4 million raised to date, their generous donation will help us offer the best care and treatment available in our new Cancer Center.”
James H. Cummings Foundation, Inc. is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation organized in New York in July of 1962 for the purpose of complying with certain directions in the will of its founder and namesake. James H. Cummings was a resident of Buffalo, N.Y., where he owned and operated a pharmaceutical business, American Ferment Company. With offices and plants in both Buffalo and Toronto, Canada, Mr. Cummings grew strong ties to both cities, but he was just as much at home raising cattle on a farm he owned near Hendersonville. The Foundation has supported many renovation projects for Pardee Hospital, including cardiovascular, diabetes, orthopedic and spine facility renovations. For more information, visit www.jameshcummings.com.
Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.orgor call 828-233-2700.
Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee Hospital has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.