Eastman Credit Union Donates $ 1 Million to Expand Health Care for Women and Children | WJHL


KINGSPORT, Tennessee (WJHL) – The Eastman Credit Union (ECU) board of directors announced on Wednesday that it has approved a million dollar donation payable over the next decade to Ballad Health to expand options health care for pregnant women and their families.

The donation will spearhead three regional projects, according to a statement, including the expansion of the Niswonger Children’s Network by launching the following facilities:

  • Johnson City Regional Pediatric Specialty Center
  • Regional Center for Perinatal and Newborn Care in Johnson City
  • Women’s and Baby Center at Indian Path Community Hospital in Kingsport

“ECU’s Board of Directors fully embraces the service philosophy of credit unions, which extends beyond the branch and into our community,” said Kelly Price, President and CEO of ECU. “They understand that to have a vibrant economy, strong communities are essential. It’s a win-win when we find opportunities like this and join forces with other organizations that want to make a difference.

Ballad Health executives also made a statement regarding the partnership, highlighting the impact of community contributions on children’s health programs.

“Eastman Credit Union is a long-time staunch supporter of health and wellness in the Appalachian Highlands,” said Jack Simpson, President of the Ballad Health Foundation. “Their support for Ballad Health – from providing the Marsh Regional Blood Center with new mobile collection units, which have enabled our friends, families and neighbors to receive life-saving blood and blood products, to sponsorship of the annual radiothon of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which brings our community together to support our region’s only children’s hospital, its programs and its patients – is an extraordinary example of corporate generosity and care for our community.

The Regional Center of Pediatric Specialties will house a range of pediatric subspecialists to treat children living with chronic and complex illnesses. This will allow local families to stay in the area to receive care for their children.

“Our son needs unique care that is not available in our area,” said Ashley Thompson, who lives in Jonesborough. “The comfort of knowing that her doctor could be here at home is such a blessing.”

Beyond that, the Regional Perinatal and Neonatal Care Center will provide expanded, one-stop neonatal intensive care services to regional families, with single-family rooms for a home-like environment. The Kingsport Women and Baby Center will act as a family center in Indian Path, with an updated family birthing center and pediatric emergency room.

The Ballad Health Foundation serves as a not-for-profit health system, the release said, regardless of its ability to pay. Donations can be made to Ballad Health’s Niswonger Children’s Network by BY CLICKING HERE.


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