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Friday, April 20, 2012 - Harriman Rotary Club Announces $135,000 Contribution


Harriman Rotary has pledged $135,000 toward the new Roane Medical Center.


 (L-R:) Covenant Health President &
CEO, Tony Spezia; future CAO of
Roane Medical Center, Gaye Jolly;
Campaign Co-Chair, Johnny Griffin;
and Roane Medical Center CAO,
Jim Gann; join Harriman Rotary Club
President Brantley Rivers for the
pledge signing for the One Community.
One Hospital.


Harriman Rotary Club President Brantley Rivers announced today the club has pledged $135,000 to support the One Community. One Hospital. campaign for Roane Medical Center. The contribution will provide for the equipping, furnishing and ongoing support of a community education and resource center in the new hospital.

The club’s generous contribution is the lead community gift in support of the campaign. In return for their generosity, the hospital’s community education and resource center will be named in honor of members of the Harriman Rotary Club and in memory of longtime club member Arthur B. Stowers. Mr. Stowers bequeathed a significant piece of property and specified a portion of its sale be allocated to the Harriman Rotary Club. A portion of the club’s proceeds will be used to fund its pledge to Roan Medical Center.

Rivers announced the club’s pledge, saying, “The opportunity presented for our club to make a lasting impact on the lives of our community through this gift was a perfect fit for us. When the hospital opened in 1939, Rotary was a part of the initial fund raising effort. Now, the men and women of Harriman Rotary Club are extending our legacy by providing a much-needed education space for the hospital and the community, as well as a lasting tribute to Mr. Stowers and our members.”

“We are honored that the Harriman Rotary Club has chosen to support healthcare in our community through this significant contribution to the new Roane Medical Center,” said Jim Gann, co-chair of the fundraising campaign. “Rotarians have a deep commitment to serving others, and the community education and resource center in our new hospital will be used daily in service to both our hospital and our community.”

“Covenant Health is proud to be a part of the Roane County community,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health. “We are grateful for the leadership and generosity of Harriman Rotary Club. Together we are building a strong future for healthcare in Roane County.”

Campaign Co-chair Johnny Griffin noted the leadership impact of the club’s contribution. “With this gift, the Harriman Rotary Club is leading the way to the success of our fund raising efforts for the new hospital. A campaign of this magnitude has never been undertaken in our community, but with the support and inspiration of these Rotarians, I have no doubt we will be successful.”

With a goal of $750,000, the One Community. One Hospital. campaign will ensure several specialized healthcare services and treatments are available sooner rather than later for the people of Roane County. Contributions will support new and expanded healthcare treatments along with important patients care services that cannot be billed for, including a Cardiology Center of Excellence featuring state-of-the-art diagnostics and an expanded cardiac rehabilitation program; chemotherapy and cancer services; a chapel, serenity garden and educational support for volunteer chaplains; and a history wall display; as well as the community education and resource center for use by physicians, nurses, and staff as well as community service organizations, civic clubs and schools.

For more information regarding the fund raising campaign, please visit the campaign webpage, or contact Jeff Elliott, campaign manager at (865)531-5197 or