Atrium Health Navicent Employee Giving Program Awards $189,000 in Grants to Benefit Central Georgia Communities

September 16, 2021

Since inception, the program has awarded more than $9 million in grants to healthcare charities and programs


Atrium Health Navicent’s employee giving program, Healthcare Employees Achieving Tomorrow (H.E.A.T.) recently awarded 23 grants to healthcare charities and programs totaling $189,000.

The grant funds directly impact central Georgia communities though the provision of scholarships, food and literacy supplies for children, mental health prescription assistance, wheelchair ramps, cancer survivorship services, healthcare support, dental care and more.

“Atrium Health Navicent employees know the tremendous work we do each day to touch, change and save lives.  Their participation in H.E.A.T. is an extension of this great work and allows us to support other organizations in the central Georgia area working to improve the health of our communities,” said Navicent Health Foundation CEO Ellen Johnson.

Community organizations awarded grants include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Backpack Ministry Forest Hills United Methodist Church
  • Depaul USA, Inc.
  • Family Advancement Ministries
  • Family Counseling Center of Central Georgia, Inc
  • The Mentors Project of Bibb County, Inc
  • Joshua’s Wish, Inc
  • Loaves and Fishes Ministry of Macon, inc.
  • Macon Volunteer Clinic, Inc
  • Rebuilding Macon, Inc
  • Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia
  • River Edge Foundation, Inc.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia
  • The Society of St. Andrew, INC.
  • United in Pink, Inc.
  • Wesley Glen Ministries, Inc.

“On behalf of the United in Pink family, we are so grateful for the generous support from the H.E.A.T. program and each employee who has contributed,” said Laura Paxton, co-founder and executive director of United in Pink Inc., which received a grant to support cancer survivorship services. “Your giving enables us to provide physical and financial assistance programs to improve the quality of life for both male and female breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families in our local community. Thank you for extending hope and support, and for helping promote healthier families with greater access to community resources.”

H.E.A.T. was founded in 1992 by health system employees with a goal of funding projects and campaigns both within the healthcare system and in the community. More than half of Atrium Health Navicent’s employees participate in the giving program.

Since inception, more than $9 million has been raised and distributed to healthcare charities and programs.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and well-being through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit