Two $1 million gifts and chair named for Children's Hospital committee

  JOHNSON CITY -- With two $1 million gifts and a freshly created Signature Gifts Committee, the dream of building a new Regional Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center is moving closer to becoming a reality.
  Betty DeVinney of Kingsport has been named the chair of the Signature Committee, which is charged with collecting donations of more than $50,000, said Capital Campaign Committee Chair Marcy Walker.
  "Betty is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the region and has been widely recognized for the central role she has played in so many good causes. We are fortunate to have her chair this key campaign committee," Walker said.
  Bringing good news early in the fundraising efforts, DeVinney announced the gifts from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Eastman Chemical Company for $1 million each.
  "The campaign was jump started with these two $1 million leadership gifts. It is so appropriate that our first major gifts came from two corporations who care passionately about children and their health," DeVinney said. "In addition, several other businesses and individuals have participated in initial discussions and have expressed interest in major support. We are excited about these early commitments and look forward to the day we can break ground on a much needed, more family-friendly medical facility for the children of our region."
  The new regional children's hospital would triple the capacity of the existing facility and greatly enhance services. The three-story facility would be built over the Women's Center at Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) and would consolidate all children's programs and services. A pediatric emergency facility, a first for the region, will be included as part of the project.
  "I am excited about the campaign to construct a new regional children's hospital. This campaign is the most important financial effort in our region in decades as its success will provide the necessary facilities and equipment to redefine health care for the 250,000 children in our 24-county service area," DeVinney said. "For the sake of our children, present and future, we must be successful."
  DeVinney retired in 2002 as a senior vice president of Eastman Chemical Company with global responsibility for human resources, communications and public affairs. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Tennessee. DeVinney began her 30-year career with Eastman in 1973 and through the years assumed increased responsibilities in the area of sales, finance, human resources, communications and public relations. She serves as a consultant with Stewart & Associates, a leading human resources firm in the Tri-Cities.
  Very active in civic, business and philanthropic affairs, DeVinney has served on the boards of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA), BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the East Tennessee State University Foundation, the Kingsport Chamber Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club Foundation, the ETSU and USM Business Advisory Councils and Barter Theater Campaign, among others. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the region by induction in 2002 into the ETSU College of Business Hall of Fame and as the recipient of the Mountain States Foundation Spirit Award.
  DeVinney announced that the following regional leaders are serving on the Signature Gifts Committee: Dottie Gibson, Mountain States Foundation Board of Trustees; Dr. E.C. Goulding III, Emergency Care Physicians; Johnny Jones, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Johnson City Press; Freddie H. Malone, First Tennessee Bank; Elliott Moore, MSHA; Marcy Walker, Chair of Capital Campaign; Dennis Vonderfecht, MSHA; and Larry Warkoczeski, Mountain States Foundation (MSF) President.
  "We are so pleased that these community leaders are giving so generously of their time, influence and financial resources on behalf of The Children's Hospital Capital Campaign. They are effective advocates for the hospital, and I know that friends will respond generously when contacted by them," DeVinney said.