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$1 Million Challenge Update
Amazon Smile
Light up a Life
Auxiliary "Wish List"
Coppage Scholarship

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Kellie McMahan

Development Specialist 

Issue: #19December/2013



It's December, the time of year when you are likely to reflect on your life and the many things you are thankful for. Looking back on 2013, it's important to recognize the many gifts that our "Friends of the Foundation" have bestowed on us and for the strength of their belief in DeKalb Medical's ability to be the most technologically advanced hospital system in our community. We would also like to acknowledge three main principles that have been guiding our employees, volunteers and donors of DeKalb Medical since we began. These principles are leadership, compassion, and concern for humanity. 


Today, we see these principles being put into to practice through our
Light Up a Life Campaign and by the legacy of the Dr. Mark Coppage scholarship fund which has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to train aspiring nurses.In addition to your personal gifts, we are immensely grateful to have received $30,000 in gifts from the DeKalb Medical Auxiliary to fulfill key equipment needs for departments through the "Wish List" at DeKalb Medical.

We would like to thank you for the compassion and concern and commitment you exhibit year round towards our community. Because of you, we can be a bright star on the horizon for the thousands who are seeking greater health and wholeness.


$1 Million Challenge Grant Update
We've reached 69% of our goal!


It is with great joy that we are able to report that your generosity has allowed us to achieve nearly three-quarters of our $1 million challenge grant goal!   


Get inspired this holiday season and  hear from some of our donors and why they give. 


   How can you help?   
   Make an online donation, or pledge, to the
   Foundation or contact us about making a gift
   at 404.501.5956 or
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'Tis the season of giving

The holiday season is upon us; a time for friends, family, good food and gifts of love. During this special time of year, there are many reminders that we are part of the same community and that caring for one another has a lasting significance.


As you acknowledge this joyous season and those you love with the symbols and traditions that bring meaning to your life, the
Light Up a Life campaign hopes you will consider including us in those traditions. For the past two decades, the holiday campaign has been pivotal in raising funds for preventive healthcare, educational programs, clinical research, life-saving equipment and innovative approaches to care.

When you make a donation, you and your loved one will shine when their name is included in our 2013 Book of Love Lights, prominently displayed in the DeKalb Medical lobby at our North Decatur campus.  


In addition, your honoree will receive a special holiday card, made by a member of the Tree House Gang, notifying them of the treasured tribute in their name, which is also published in the DeKalb Medical community magazine, Pushing Beyond. To make a Light Up a Life donation, contact the Foundation at 404.501.5956 or donate online.


Sample holiday card designed by member of the Tree House Gang 



Auxiliary Makes Dreams Come True
More than $30,000 presented to hospital departments

Each year the DeKalb Medical Auxiliary awards funds to various departments throughout the organization that request funding from the annual Wish List.  These funds are raised through numerous Auxiliary specialty sales held throughout the year.  Check out the 2014 Specialty Sale schedule.  Also, don't miss the $5 Jewelry Sale at Hillandale coming up on Friday, December 20!

This year, more than $30,000 was awarded to 10 departments, and presented at the November monthly leadership meeting.

Below is the list of departments that received funding and the items which are being purchased:

Downtown Decatur LTAC

Bariatric Standing Frame

Hillandale Rehabilitation Services
Two Staxi Medical Chairs with Cushions

North Decatur Acute Care Rehab
Total Lift II Transfer Chair

North Decatur Diagnostic Imaging
Radiation Protection Shield
Ankle and Foot X-Ray Platform

North Decatur Medical/Surgical - 3400 

Five Overbed Tables

North Decatur NICU Fourth Floor
Two Waterless Milk Warmers

North Decatur Oncology - 4200
Books and Training Classes

North Decatur Radiology
Blanket Warmer

North Decatur Rehabilitation Services
Rehab Safety Seminar on Bariatric Ergonomics

North Decatur Surgery Center

Vital Sign Monitor


2013 "Wish List" Recipients  


2013 Auxiliary Ways & Means Committee 
Coppage Scholarship Fund Celebrates Twenty Years
Four scholarships awarded to nursing students

As part of its ongoing commitment to help "the nurses of tomorrow," DeKalb Medical has awarded $11,000 to nursing students through the 2013 Dr. W. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund. This year the ceremony celebrated its 20th Anniversary and recognized Jonsey J. Jones, M.D. for her thoughtfulness and generosity in starting this wonderful scholarship program in memory of Dr. Coppage. 

The Coppage Scholarship is funded through private donations, and is given annually to nursing school students who best represent the legacy of Mark Coppage, M.D.


  This year's winners include:
  • Samatha Goldberg of Georgia Southern University
  • Meredith Bettis of Gordon State College
  • Elizabeth Kurzawa of Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Dalia Galvan-Nesmith of Georgia State University

Since 1993, the Dr. Mark Coppage Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 150 scholarships, totaling more than $350,000. 

2013 Coppage Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to our donors and volunteers that support our mission of strengthening the link between DeKalb Medical and the community we serve through communication, education, service and philanthropy. We are dedicated to improving the standard of health in our community by raising friends and funds for healthcare initiatives offered through DeKalb Medical.