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Hospice of South Georiga and Langdale Hospice House to Benefit from Endowment

9/18/2009

The $1.5 million estate of Mr. J.Y. Brooks, Jr. was recently bequeathed to the South Georgia Medical Center Foundation. The gift was made in honor of Mr. Brooks’ late wife, Louise Brooks, and will benefit Hospice of South Georgia and the Langdale Hospice House. The SGMC Foundation has established the J.Y. and Louise Brooks Endowment Fund to ensure Mr. Brooks’ gift will continue to have an impact for years to come.
            Mr. Brooks first understood the significance of hospice services in 1998 after Hospice of South Georgia served his late wife.  Battling pancreatic cancer, Louise received hospice care at home.  Through his experience, he developed a deep appreciation and respect for end of life care because he understood what it meant to both the patient and the family.
            Almost ten years after his wife’s need for Hospice care, Mr. Brooks became a patient of Hospice of South Georgia, too.  According to Hospice of South Georgia/Langdale Hospice House Executive Director Susan Bowden, Mr. Brooks was cared for at the Langdale Hospice House for a brief stay then returned to his own home under hospice care.  Mr. Brooks passed away at home in September, 2007.
            SGMC Foundation Director Elizabeth Vickers said, “J.Y. and Louise will forever be known for their generosity and kindness as their gift will transcend generations well beyond their own.  Their forethought and charity will help ensure that members of our community will continue to benefit from the special end of life care offered by Hospice of South Georgia.”
            The J.Y. and Louise Brooks Endowment Fund within the South Georgia Medical Center Foundation, Inc. will be set up as a self-sustaining investment.  As the only not-for-profit community supported hospice provider based in Valdosta, Hospice of South Georgia has always provided services to patients regardless of ability to pay.  For over 20 years, patients of all ages with diagnoses ranging from cancer to heart failure, end stage lung and kidney diseases, to advanced dementia, and many other life-limiting illnesses, have been served by Hospice of South Georgia.
            The purpose of the endowment, per Mr. Brooks’ wishes, will be to assist with offsetting some of the non-reimbursed or uncovered costs of patient care provided by Hospice of South Georgia and to continue the development of new and comprehensive hospice services

For more information on planned giving call the SGMC Foundation at 249-4084, ext. 7 or for information on Hospice of South Georgia or the Langdale Hospice House, call 249-4100.

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