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March 15, 2014

CRMC partners with Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ for luncheon, refresh a room campaign

CULLMAN — Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Refresh a Room Campaign partnered with Jim ‘N Nick’s restaurant for a hospital-wide luncheon to help better inform the community about proposed renovations for the hospital, while giving free lunches to the staff members on Thursday.  

CRMC Executive Director Maria Stanford said the support from Jim ‘N Nick’s has greatly assisted their campaign.

“Today wouldn’t have been possible with out Jim ‘N Nick’s,” Stanford said. “They gave us the opportunity to celebrate the success and to learn about where we are to prepare for the future in the renovation process to finish the hospital. We really appreciate their community involvement.”

Jim ‘N Nick’s marketer Beth Kibler said they’ve enjoyed getting involved with Cullman and the community, especially CRMC.

“We cater a lot at the hospital.  When we had our soft opening and invited some people locally to come in and dine to help train our staff, all the alcohol sales we had that weekend we wrote a check for and gave to CRMC,” Kibler said. “We like being involved in the area that we’re in and we’re excited about the support we’ve received.”

The CRMC Foundation is a volunteer-led fundraising organization that seeks to assist, advance, and strengthen Cullman Regional Medical Center, Stanford said.

“We’ve raised $2 million since January of 2012 and we are trying to raise the  rest of the $5 million over the next three years,” Stanford said. “We’ve had so many donors city-wide who have given their financial support to the fundraiser for the refresher. We’re still trying to meet with industries and individuals and see how they can take part, every gift counts, every gift matters. We appreciate any thoughtfulness at any level.”

CRMC Obstetrics and Gynecology doctor Jason Wideman said he is donating to the campaign in memory of his father.

“My dad was also an OBGYN and he passed away a few years ago so we are refreshing that room in honor of him,” Wideman said. “We have a really nice facility here. The hospital was built in 1995 and it just needs a little refreshing and updating and instead of waiting around for other people to help us get it accomplished, we just decided to do it ourselves. This isn’t our hospital, it’s the community’s hospital and we want to make our facility the best it can be. It already matches up and is even better than other similar hospitals, but we want to be able to do the updating and such to make it that much better.”

Stanford said they are hosting a gala on April 12 at CRMC and a fundraising golf tournament on September 9 for the Refresh a Room campaign.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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