Sue and John Wadsworth, owners of Hamby’s Commercial Waste, decided they wanted to donate to the hospital to make a lasting effect on the county.
The Wadsworths have built a successful business and raised a family in Paulding. Over the years they have given to different charities, but none of them will build something to affect the entire community.
After seeing the hospital, which is near their business, under construction the past two years they wanted to see how it was being funded.
After reading an article in the Paulding Neighbor about Dr. John and Glenda Covington donating to the naming program Mrs. Wadsworth called and got more information about the project.
“I found out it was a nonprofit and that meant a lot to me,” she said.
Both of her parents, Gordon and Louise Hamby, have been residents in the WellStar Paulding Nursing Center, and all of their family members have used the services of the old hospital over the years. This made her realize the lasting effect the new hospital would have on the county.
Wadsworth said his wife asked him what he thought about giving $50,000 to name two rooms, and he told her it was fine with him. The family plans to name one room in honor of Mrs. Wadsworth’s parents and one in their name.
The Wadsworths hope their gift sparks others’ interest to give.
“People simply don’t know what they can do,” Mrs. Wadsworth said. “You can donate even if you’re not super wealthy.”
WellStar has many different naming opportunities for those wishing to help. The cost to name a memorial brick is $100, while naming a room is $25,000, garden benches are $5,000, the chapel is $500,000 or the entire hospital is $15 million.
For anyone wishing to donate to WellStar and to receive naming rights contact Gene Weeks, director of major gifts and campaigns at (770) 956-6676 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.