Bank OZK has announced a $50,000 contribution to Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Georgia.
Jason Karnes, Bank OZK Market President stated:
Bank OZK recognizes the value Union General Hospital provides to our community. The high-quality healthcare for which they are known is essential to the economic vitality of Union County. Providing our residents access to quality care close to home allows us to attract and retain businesses in Blairsville and Union County, and the hospital itself is a major employer of quality jobs. As a bank with strong roots to the community, we understand the importance of neighbors serving neighbors. Much like banking, personal connections and compassion in local healthcare makes all the difference. That’s why we are so pleased to support Union General Hospital.
Bank OZK participated in Georgia HEART, the statewide rural hospital organization expense tax credit program. Lawmakers enacted Georgia HEART to encourage taxpayers throughout Georgia to learn more about the financial and other challenges rural hospitals face and to contribute to improve their financial condition and patient offerings.
R. Lewis Kelley, Union General Hospital Chief Executive Officer stated:
On behalf of Union General, I would like to thank Bank OZK for their contribution of $50,000 and express appreciation for their donation to our local hospital as part of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program. With this contribution, we are able to provide better services to all of the community.
According to David Edwards, Bank OZK Georgia President, Bank OZK is contributing a total of $360,000 to four rural Georgia Hospitals including Union General in Blairsville.
Access to outstanding healthcare is essential to the quality-of-life for Georgia residents. We are fortunate to have rural hospitals throughout the state with dedicated and compassionate providers offering high quality medical services,” Edwards stated. “We are pleased the contributions from Bank OZK will allow for additional investments in technology, equipment and facility enhancements.