Working together to strengthen our community

Friends of CHI Memorial

Friends of CHI Memorial are individuals who support the mission and ministry of CHI Memorial with an annual gift of $100 or more to the Foundation.  Since 2001, Friends of CHI Memorial gifts have been used to provide a variety of critical technology, equipment and capital projects with the goal of providing the best healthcare available in our community. In 2020-2021, gifts to the Friends of CHI Memorial will be used to support the Healthcare Heroes Care Fund.  

Since March 2020, our medical staff has been dealing with unprecedented challenges of treating COVID-19 patients and fighting COVID-19 in our community.  CHI Memorial staff, as typical of caregivers, take on added heavy loads of fear and stress and often fail to turn to anyone for support.  Even before the widespread disease, health care professionals suffered a high rate of burnout.  Doctors suffer twice the level of burnout of other U.S. workers.  Nurses suffer a higher level of depression than other U.S. workers and high levels of emotional exhaustion. 

Our staff will be battling COVID-19 for the foreseeable future, and we are implementing a program to provide tools for them to take care of their emotional well-being. Reducing workplace stress, increasing mental toughness, and developing strategies for staff engagement are priorities that have a positive impact on the value and quality of medical care affecting patient, doctor, and ultimately the broader community’s well-being.

The Healthcare Heroes Care Fund will ensure front-line medical staff feel supported by the community.  Whether it be financial support for those struggling to provide for their families, equipment to ensure staff safety or our program to help care for their well-being, your contributions will directly impact Health Care Heroes at CHI Memorial.

Mandee Bowman, BSN, RN, Clinical Decision Unit Manager, shares a story about caring for a patient their family.

Friends of CHI Memorial society


The Friends of CHI Memorial Society is an annual recognition program for donors who support the needs of CHI Memorial with an annual gift of $100 or more. You can become a member at any of the following giving levels:

Bronze – $100 - $249

Silver – $250 - $499

Gold – $500 - $999

Platinum – $1,000+

As a Friends of CHI Memorial Society member, you will be recognized in the Foundation’s Annual Report, in the monthly e-newsletter, and on CHI Memorial’s donor walls. 

Become a member of the Friends of CHI Memorial Society today with a secure online gift.

2020- 2021 Friends of CHI Memorial council


Sue Culpepper, Chair

Julie Brandao

Ben Carden

Patti Dungan

Ginny Green

Kathleen Mahn

Ellen Martin

Steve Newton

Jennifer Nicely

Jean Payne

Tripp Ransom

Karen Sloan

Barbie Standefer