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Features Health & Wellness Radiothon pulls in pledges for hospital expansion project

Radio Station Manager Sean Gibson could be heard over the airwaves of 96.7 WNCC during Saturday’s Radiothon.Angel Medical Center's Radiothon was held last Saturday and despite a 90 percent chance of rain, was successful for a first year event. The Radiothon, which was planned to raise funds for AMC's Outpatient Medicine Expansion project, was full of live entertainment, games and great food.

The expansion project is planned to meet the growing demands of the department. The outpatient medicine department has grown to see more than 19,000 patients each year. This figure represents 25 percent of the total annual patient visits to all AMC departments and facilities. According to AMC's Marketing Director Bonnie Peggs, the current space is simply not large enough to accommodate the needs of patients and especially those requiring chemotherapy.

“One of the main focuses of the expansion will be to increase the size of Angel’s chemotherapy treatment facility from five chairs to 14 chairs,” stated Jim Bross, AMC CEO. “The volume of patients needing chemotherapy has increased by approximately 500 percent. That is a sobering number.”

Throughout the day on Saturday, over the airwaves of Franklin radio stations WNCC 96.7 FM and WFSC 1050 AM, listeners could hear interviews with AMC staff about the need of the expansion as well as first hand testimonies from patients who have benefited from the department. “I think we had a pretty good response for a first year event,” said Sean Gibson, radio station manager.

Kids flocked to the trampoline Saturday and enjoyed being harnessed in and let loose!According to Gibson, the radio stations partnered with AMC because of the impact the hospital has on the community. “Angel is a big part of the community, and our job is to help local businesses grow and prosper,” said Gibson. “Especially those that provide a vital service to the community as Angel does and has done for many years.”

While manning WFSC 1050 throughout the day, Gibson encouraged listeners to dial in and make a pledge to donate to the expansion project, or to stop by and enjoy live entertainment such as “A Touch of Class,” and drop a donation into the fish bowl.

Sherry Adams brought her two children, Shane and Paige, to the event to enjoy the many kid games available. “I like the trampoline,” said Shane between bites of barbeque.

“I think the Radiothon is a great way to donate money, which can be used as a tax write-off, and take ownership in our community hospital,” said Adams. “The kids got to play and I got to make a donation that allows me to give back to something that gives so much to so many people in Franklin.”

In addition to the games, food and music, AMC had booths from different hospital departments like Ladies Night Out, Lighten Up for Life, and Hospice home health. The booths provided visitors with information about the hospital's services.

Gibson noted that his favorite part of the event was the chance to win big door prizes such as a new car from Smoky Mountain Chevrolet. “The live entertainment and the big raffle at the conclusion of the event seem to draw a lot of excitement,” said Gibson.

Volunteers were on hand to answer the phones and take pledges on Saturday.According to Peggs, no one was able to fly their paper airplanes into the car, but Corey Watson got the closest, earning him a $500 prize.

Sheila Price was the other big winner on Saturday. Price won the raffle for the quilt donated by Cartoogachaye Baptist Church as well as the 50/50 raffle.

“We are so grateful that after Sheila won the 50/50, she turned right around and donated her winnings to the outpatient expansion project.”

Peggs noted the AMC is still working on getting final totals of the money raised for the expansion project.

With the last Radiothon being held in 1967 to build the community hospital, Gibson believes that with more community awareness and effort, the event can bring Franklin together to take ownership in the hospital. “This is something that the community can build upon for future years to come as it all goes to a very worthwhile effort to help our hospital grow,” said Gibson.





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