“We all have a stake in healthcare,” says Robert (Bob) E. Wilson, chair of the DeKalb Medical Foundation Board of Trustees. “Everything in our lives is impacted by our health. Our communities are stronger and our lives richer when we care for not only ourselves, but the well-being of others.”
Wilson, an attorney with Wilson, Morton & Downs, LLC , Decatur, speaks from experience. For more than 25 years, he has shared his time and talents with DeKalb County community health facilities. He helped found the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center and the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, and chaired the boards of both organizations.
Recognizing Wilson’s skills in advocacy for DeKalb’s citizens, Trustee Member Judy R. McMahan asked Wilson to chair the DeKalb Medical Foundation. “We were at a critical point in our growth. I told him we only needed him to serve for one year—maybe two. That was 11 years ago!”
Under Wilson’s leadership, the Foundation has exceeded its goals, raising more than $14 million to improve DeKalb Medical’s facilities and equipment, and to deliver services in new ways. “We’ve been very blessed,” he says, “to have had an impact that is both big and broad—big in terms of the state-of-the-art equipment we’ve purchased, and broad in our ability to reach a lot of people who otherwise would not have access to healthcare.”