Power Couple Leads DeKalb Medical Foundation Board of Trustees
April 12, 2013
2013 will be a big year for Judy and Bob McMahan. The couple will not only celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary but have jointly agreed to share chairmanship of the DeKalb Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, the fundraising arm of DeKalb Medical. Together they will lead the Foundation in its mission to raise funds and charitable gifts to improve access to quality healthcare in the community.
The McMahans replace Bob Wilson, who served as Foundation chairman for the past 13 years before stepping down last month to increase his involvement on the DeKalb Regional Health System Board of Directors as Vice Chair and Quality Committee Chair. The McMahan’s history with DeKalb Medical runs deep, highlighted by Judy’s founding of the Foundation in 1990 and serving twice as chair. She’s a four-time cancer survivor who chose DeKalb Medical as her hospital, not only for her cancer treatment but also for the deliveries of her two daughters and one grandson.
“DeKalb Medical means a lot to our family,” Bob McMahan said.
From volunteering to delivering flowers to patients in 1976 to heading committees tasked with raising millions, Judy’s 40-year commitment to making DeKalb Medical a place of hope and healing is unwavering. She understands what patients want from a hospital and what it takes to keep them well.
“It’s sort of my ‘baby’ and I am delighted to come back to the board in this capacity and be a part of this amazing time at DeKalb Medical,” said Judy, who during her Foundation tenure has helped raise more than $27 million for state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment, and fund critical health initiatives such as the expansion of the emergency room and cancer services at the North Decatur and Hillandale campuses.
The current Foundation campaign aims to raise $2 million dollars for cancer service expansions at the North Decatur and Hillandale campuses. Thanks to the Foundation, “DeKalb Medical is able to offer more than we ever have before,” Bob McMahan said. “DeKalb Medical is here for the community, and vested in making the medical advances that will make our patients feel better.”
Wilson leaves the Foundation with a stellar 100% success rate of meeting its campaign and charitable giving goals. Since its inception, the Foundation has spearheaded six multi-million dollar capital campaigns that have raised the aforementioned $27 million.
“Bob Wilson has absolutely been invaluable to the growth and sustainability of the Foundation and we will be forever grateful to him for his leadership,” said C. Leigh Minter, Executive Director of the DeKalb Medical Foundation.
About DeKalb Medical
The DeKalb Regional Health System is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties. Known to most as “DeKalb Medical,” this regional system combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat patients. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds) and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, the not-for-profit health system and DeKalb Medical Physicians have been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.