Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Friends History

History of Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

In the fall of 1971, the idea of an organization of volunteers designed to support Children’s Hospital was formulated by a group of interested, community-spirited women. After discussion with officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a proposal for such an organization was presented to and accepted by the hospital's board of directors. A nominating committee was selected from the Children’s Hospital Board to choose the first president and vice president of Friends of Children’s Hospital. Thus, the Friends organization began in the fall of 1972, holding its first Palm Sunday Paper Sale in the spring of 1973.

Presently, the Friends membership roster includes almost 2,000 members who give of their time and dollars to make a difference in the lives of children in Middle Tennessee and beyond. As Friends reaches 40 years of providing volunteer support to Children's Hospital, the organization continues to grow and be strong. In the spring of 2010, the Friends leadership stepped forward to support the hospital’s efforts on prematurity by funding the Friends Prematurity Prevention Endowment.

Friends of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a volunteer organization of members supporting the mission of Children’s Hospital and other pediatric health care initiatives through fundraising, community awareness and services to the patients and their families along with the faculty and staff of Children’s Hospital.

If you are not currently a member and wish to join, please click here. Friends of Children's Hospital is proud of its legacy and thanks the many volunteers who have graciously given of their time and resources through the years including the following women who have served as presidents.

Friends Presidents 

Mrs. Tricia Ericson   2016-2017
Mrs. Heidi Garber 2015-2016 Mrs. Lynn Ragland 1993-1994
Mrs. Rachel Hornsby 2014-2015 Mrs. Patti Botomy 1992-1993
Mrs. Lynn Ghertner 2013-2014    Mrs. Jean Ann Banker 1991-1992
Mrs. Carolyn Thombs 2012-2013                        *Mrs. Judy Crawford 1990-1991
Mrs. Alice Essary 2011-2012   Mrs. Fran Hardcastle 1989-1990
Mrs. Jennifer Hoffman 2010-2011   Mrs. Lesley Green 1988-1989
Mrs. Robin Puryear 2009-2010   Mrs. Jerry Willams 1987-1988
Mrs. Shannon Finucane 2008-2009   Mrs. Ann Bumstead      1986-1987
Mrs. Amy Cooper 2007-2008   Mrs. Ann Tidwell 1985-1986
*Dr. Linda Jones 2006-2007   Ms. Evy Ritzen 1984-1985
Mrs. Gayley Patterson 2005-2006   Mrs Judy Simmons 1983-1984
Mrs. Laura Currie 2004-2005   Mrs. Peggy Warner 1982-1983
Mrs. Carla Nelson 2003-2004   Mrs. Louise Frazer 1981-1982
Mrs. Kathy Rolfe 2002-2003   Mrs. Kelly Price 1980-1981
Mrs. Mary Lee Bartlett 2001-2002   Mrs. Anne Swallow 1979-1980
Mrs. Judy Andrews 2000-2001   Mrs. Carole Nelson 1978-1979
Mrs. Jane Jacques 1999-2000   Mrs. Eleanor Templeton 1977-1978
Mrs. Kay Francis 1998-1999   Mrs Betty Finucane 1976-1977
Mrs. Jane Corcoran 1997-1998   Mrs. Becky Lane 1975-1976
Mrs. Missy Eason 1996-1997   *Mrs. Ann Miller 1974-1975
Mrs. Alice Whitson 1995-1996   Mrs. Mary Henderson 1973-1974
Mrs. Sandra Lipman 1994-1995   Mrs. Libby Werthan 1972-1973


Last Edited: May 18, 2017
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