Poarch Creeks Donate $1 Million To Atmore Hospital For Equipment, COVID-19 Testing

April 7, 2020

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Monday announced a $1 million donation to the Atmore Community Hospital which serves the city of Atmore and western Escambia County, Alabama, where the Poarch Creek Tribe’s trust lands are located.

The donation, which was earlier approved by Poarch’s Tribal Council, provides funding that the hospital urgently needs to replace vital equipment such as a CT scanner, ultrasound imaging, and new hospital beds.

Additionally, funding from the Tribe will help the hospital meet added expenses and staffing needs associated with collecting samples for testing and caring for patients potentially affected by the Covid-19 virus.

In announcing the donation, Poarch’s Tribal Chair and CEO Stephanie Bryan said, “We know how critically important Atmore Community Hospital is to our Tribe and all of our neighbors who live in and around Atmore. We understand the financial challenges that rural hospitals like it face every day, and we support its mission and its leadership. That is especially true now that our country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure this great hospital that serves our community has what it needs.”

Chris Griffin, CEO of The Escambia County Healthcare Authority noted, “This extremely generous donation from the Tribe could not have come at a more opportune time.  We are committed to caring for our community, especially now during the Covid-19 crisis. These funds will help us pay for the expensive equipment and capital improvements that we have sorely needed, and the Tribe has also made it possible for us to cover the unexpected costs associated with the virus.  We are so grateful that Poarch has supported us at critically important times through the years, and this is certainly one of them.”

Atmore Community Hospital  is governed by the Escambia County Healthcare Authority Board of Directors. It is a not-for-profit acute care hospital and generates the majority of its funding from the services it provides.


13 Responses to “Poarch Creeks Donate $1 Million To Atmore Hospital For Equipment, COVID-19 Testing”

  1. Martha Daughdrill on April 9th, 2020 5:13 am

    Your generosity and kindness will save lives throughout our community. Thank you.

  2. ELW on April 8th, 2020 6:45 am

    Wonderful thing to do. The hospital can really use the donation.

  3. Lone chief on April 8th, 2020 5:11 am

    Way to step up (as usual I’m happy to say) and truly help the community. Proud of y’all!!

  4. John on April 7th, 2020 7:57 pm

    That million are people’s lost home’s and relationships

  5. Ronnie #12 on April 7th, 2020 6:26 pm

    A big “Roll Tide”! going out to the Poarch Creek Indians for this gesture.

  6. Ray Joseph on April 7th, 2020 4:18 pm

    In these difficult times, we need to embrace each other as a team and help the ones in need. How difficult is it to be at the frontline of a pendemic virus and not have the adequate tools to combat this viral issue.
    Once again the Poarch Band gives a helping hand by donating a substantial amount of fund to help the community.
    These are the characteristics of a responsible Company to show how they appreciate
    Being part of Atmore.
    Thank you..

  7. Dale on April 7th, 2020 3:49 pm

    Truly an answer to many prayers! So thankful and appreciative of the hearts and leadership of the Poarch Creek Indians. PCI’s generosity is a game changer for our community and state.

  8. Adriaan Lacle on April 7th, 2020 3:35 pm

    I’m so proud to belong to the WIND CREEK

  9. Jacquan on April 7th, 2020 2:45 pm

    Way too go Tribe. Amazing work. Such a huge Blessing.

  10. Willis on April 7th, 2020 9:39 am

    Well done !

    I’m sure the Community will support you again as soon as you reopen.

  11. Janet on April 7th, 2020 7:21 am

    Poarch Creek has, in times of great need, always been there for Atmore and the surrounding areas. It’s time to be grateful and appreciative of all they do for the people!

  12. Kathy Byrd on April 7th, 2020 6:59 am

    What a blessing!!!

  13. JTV on April 7th, 2020 5:17 am

    Bravo Poarch Band

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