The Circle of Excellence is a young giving society organized through the McLeod Health Foundation. It is comprised of individuals and couples 45 and under, who contribute $500 or more annually to support the work of the McLeod Foundation.
The membership requirement for the Circle of Excellence is a minimum gift of $500 annually. Only individuals/couples who are under 45 are eligible to join.
The funds contributed by the members are held in the Circle of Excellence Fund, which is used to support programs and services of McLeod Health. Each year, members review a list of high priority needs at McLeod Health and vote on how to award the funds.
The membership meets four times a year for social and educational events including an Annual Recognition Party.
You can join the Circle of Excellence by completing the commitment form. Membership requires a pledge of $500 or more.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Young Leaders Focus on Healthcare Need
When a group of individuals come together to work towards a common goal, they will accomplish so much more than going it alone.READ MORE
This is the power in joint philanthropy and is especially true for members of the Circle of Excellence, a young group of donors who support patient care projects at McLeod Health.
The Circle of Excellence is comprised of individuals and couples under age 45 who make a generous annual contribution of $500 or more to the McLeod Health Foundation.
These young leaders have found their common interest in healthcare is often motivated by personal experience.
“I joined the Circle of Excellence because I have been fortunate enough to receive excellent medical care my entire life,” said Meggie Baker, Co-Chair of the Circle of Excellence Executive Committee. “I want others who face life-changing illness to have access to exceptional care and services. This group enables me to have a voice in giving.”
Circle of Excellence members gather regularly to socialize and learn more about healthcare at McLeod. Each year, the membership reviews a list of high priority needs from McLeod Health and votes on how to award the funds they contribute.
Last year, the members learned about various funding needs for many McLeod Health programs. The group decided to commit a portion of their funds to impact several areas of McLeod Children’s Hospital, which benefit children and their families.
For Meggie, supporting the redesign of the Child Life Activity Center was especially meaningful.
“The Child Life Activity Center is a play area that provides hospitalized children a safe space to be a child even as they face a difficult diagnosis,” Meggie explained. “By adding more space tailored to specific needs, the center will foster warmth and well-being as the children work through their recoveries.”
Meggie speaks for her fellow Circle of Excellence members when she encourages other young people to join. Not only for the philanthropic aims, but also to “meet and interact with others who share similar interests, passions, and goals.”Close
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Abbott
Ms. Meggie Baker*
Ms. Fletcher Bateman
Ms. Elizabeth Battle
Dr. and Mrs. Brian Blaker
Ms. Emily Blayton
Mr. Travis Blayton
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bolick
Drs. Cary and Mary Sue Brewton
Mr. and Mrs. Gunter Bullock
Rocky Cagle and Kristin Cain
Mr. Darren Youmans and Dr. Vicki Chung*
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Collins
Dr. and Mrs. Eric Coughlin
Ms. Courtney Cribb
Ms. John S. Deberry, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Curt Derrick
Dr. and Mrs. Zachary DiPaolo
Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Duncan
Ms. Kaley Elmore
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Fast
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Ferguson
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Galloway
Mrs. Reba Gordon
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Grantham
Mr. John and Dr. Candice Greenan
Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Greenberg*
Mr. and Mrs. William Hardaway
Mr. and Mrs. Derek Hemmingsen
Mr. Robby Hill
Mr. and Mrs. Alec Hogsette*
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hunter
Mr. and Mrs. Casey Hydro
Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Jackson
Dr. and Mrs. Will Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Jeffords
Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Jones
Drs. Art and Meghan Jordan
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Jordan
Dr. and Mrs. Noah Kahn
Mr. Laithe and Dr. Jamie Kenney-Kalbuneh
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kennedy
Dr. and Mrs. David Lake
Mr. and Mrs. Weber Mimms
Drs. Brad and Ellen Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Nance*
Tara and Jason Newton
Dr. and Mrs. Carmen Piccolo
Mr. and Mrs. Josh Pierce
Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Rishmawi
Dr. and Mrs. Brian Sang
Mary Amanda and Stokes Shumpert
Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Smith
Brooke and Jason Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Snipes
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Srimougchanh
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Swaggard
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Swindler
Mr. and Mrs. Chad Tange
Dr. and Mrs. Chad Thornhill
Dr. and Mrs. Chad Thurman
Dr. Jarrod Tippins
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Tonolio
Mr. and Mrs. Derick Urquhart
Dr. and Mrs. Vivek Vasuki*
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vause
Dr. and Mrs. Johnson Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Wentzell*
Dr. Jill Wilkes
Mr. and Mrs. Dikran Yacoubian*
Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Yurek
*Circle of Excellence Executive Committee
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Young Couple Faces Cancer Scare by Giving Back
For Morgan Pierce, a newly hired Pharmacist at McLeod, giving a portion of her salary to help others through the McLeod Health Foundation came naturally.
At the time she began giving, she had no idea what her young family would face.READ MORE
In 2019, Morgan and her husband, Josh, settled blissfully into family life with their new son, Ryan. Then, Josh began experiencing an unusual pain in his abdomen and back. The otherwise healthy 29-year-old teacher and football coach decided to consult his family physician Dr. Prakash Beeraka. Tests revealed frightening results.
Josh was diagnosed with a rare testicular cancer, which required immediate and aggressive treatment.
He was quickly referred to a team of physicians including Dr. Wayne Holley, Dr. Amy Murrell and Dr. Rajesh Bajaj.
As Josh experienced the side effects of chemotherapy, Morgan felt blessed that they had the ability to pay for his treatment as well as essential pain and nausea medications.
As a pharmacist working in the McLeod Cancer Center, Morgan knew this was not necessarily the case for all patients.
“I read the names of patients as their charts came across my desk each day, knowing that many had no insurance or the ability to pay for what they needed,” Morgan recalled. “It was such a great relief to know that the HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday) Fund was there to bridge that gap for them.”
In the midst of their journey, Morgan received a postcard in the mail from the McLeod Health Foundation about a new service available to donors: FreeWill.
FreeWill allows those who do not have a will to create one easily and for free. Morgan tucked the postcard away and vowed to come back to it later.
The following year, Morgan and Josh decided to create their will. Keeping with their desire to help others, they included the McLeod Foundation as a beneficiary.
“After walking through this cancer journey, we knew we needed a will, especially for our young son,” Morgan shared.
As Josh continues to recover, the young couple has returned to their focus on helping others. This year, they joined the McLeod Foundation’s young giving society, the Circle of Excellence, allowing them to give back to the hospital they love.Close