Monday, January 29, 2024
Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Parker’s Community Fund dedicate Gregory M. Parker Emergency Departments, celebrating record $5M donation
All six emergency departments throughout Roper St. Francis Healthcare were formally named on Monday in honor of the Parker’s Community Fund and Parker’s Kitchen founder and CEO Gregory M. Parker, whose landmark $5 million gift to the system will advance healthcare for generations to come.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare Interim President and CEO Dr. Megan Baker and Parker joined Roper St. Francis Foundation President Stacy Waters in cutting a ribbon in front of Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital to mark the occasion and honor Parker’s generosity.
The $5 million gift – the largest in the system’s history – established the Roper St. Francis Foundation Parker’s Community Impact Fund to support uninsured and underinsured residents throughout the greater Charleston area, as well as healthcare provider support initiatives at Roper St. Francis Healthcare.
An accomplished breast surgeon, Dr. Baker said she has seen how philanthropy can transform a patient’s experience and positively affect the outcome. Parker’s work to improve that experience for underserved communities complements the Roper St. Francis Healthcare mission of healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence, she said.
She thanked Parker for such a remarkable act of generosity.
“Ensuring teammates’ success while serving our patients and community are central to Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s mission,” Dr. Baker said. “This $5 million gift from the Parker’s Community Fund will help us advance that mission boldly. As a physician who sees the direct impact this gift has on patients and caregivers, Mr. Parker’s commitment is inspiring to us all.”
Parker praised Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s rich history of fulfilling its mission and said he hopes the gift will help expand access to emergency care for all.
“Parker's Kitchen and Roper St. Francis Healthcare share the same commitment to excellence and serve the same community in Charleston,” Parker said. “We know that the ER is the ‘front door’ to the hospital. According to the CDC, nearly 136 million patients go through emergency rooms in the United States annually, which is one-third of the U.S. population. Emergency rooms take care of everyone, regardless of their age, race or faith – and that’s true at Parker’s Kitchen as well. Like Roper St. Francis Healthcare, we are dedicated to serving all people.”
Mark Dickson, vice president of mission at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, said the system was born out of community members’ generosity. Both Roper Hospital and Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital were established with the help of significant donations, he noted.
“Roper St. Francis Healthcare fulfills its mission throughout the Lowcountry with special attention to the poor and most vulnerable,” Dickson said. “We celebrate today that many, many more people will continue to be blessed, comforted and healed through these doors and in all of our facilities, now and into the bright future we have together.”
The Roper St. Francis Foundation Parker’s Community Impact Fund will continue to enhance existing system priorities, including:
- Roper St. Francis Greer Transitions Clinic, an outpatient clinic for the underserved
- Assistance for uninsured and underinsured patients
- Debt-free degree programs and career development for Roper St. Francis Healthcare teammates
- Youth apprenticeships
- On-the-job training for historically marginalized communities
About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Roper St. Francis Healthcare chooses purpose over profits by putting our extra money back into our system to help meet the health needs of our community. The largest healthcare system features four flagship hospitals: Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. In an emergency, the healthcare system offers six strategically placed ERs. With more than 6,000 teammates, we are the Lowcountry’s largest private employer with nearly 1,000 doctors representing almost every medical specialty. Our 657-bed system consists of 117+ facilities and services across five counties.
About Parker’s Kitchen
Honored as the Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s Kitchen offers customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout South Carolina and Georgia. Under the leadership of founder and CEO Greg Parker, Parker’s Kitchen has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and foodservice companies. Parker’s Kitchen was recently voted the #4 Best Gas Station for Food and the #6 Best Gas Station Brand in America by USA TODAY readers and was honored as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina by SC Biz. Founded in 1976, the company serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. Parker’s Kitchen employs more than 1,360 professionals throughout South Carolina and Georgia, serves more than 300,000 Parker’s Rewards members and completes more than 134,000 transactions daily. Learn more at www.parkerskitchen.com.