August 12, 2019
As the former Chair of the DeKalb Regional Health System Board of Trustees, Oliver Lee was a longtime champion of health care in DeKalb County. Now, through a gift from his family to the DeKalb Medical Foundation, his legacy continues. On July 28, 2018, CEO Jim Forstner thanked the Lee family for their continued support while unveiling a portrait of Lee and a walkway named in his memory at Emory Hillandale Hospital.
More than 130 attendees joined the celebration. Lee championed the Certificate of Need and construction of what would become Emory Hillandale Hospital, which opened in 2005. Throughout his life, Lee put his belief of taking care his neighbors and giving back to his community seriously. It was a frightening personal moment that made Lee particularly passionate. His daughter, Kristen had a terrible accident when she was a child. Both of her arms were seriously cut by a glass window. In order to get emergency care, Lee had to drive his daughter more than 20 miles to an emergency room. To make sure that others never faced a dangerous situation without quality care nearby, Lee began quietly championing the Certificate of Need. He remained tirelessly dedicated to the hospital until his death in 2013.