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About Us

Our History

The Georgetown Health Foundation’s roots date back to 1924 with the establishment of Georgetown’s first community hospital. From the beginning, the Georgetown Hospital has provided for the health of the community with a focus on building relationships. The Hospital’s founders believed, as we still do today, in improving the quality of life in Georgetown based on the values, merits and character of the people in this community.

In 1947, Dr. Hal Gaddy, Jr. joined the hospital and played a critical role in ensuring that quality, medical services were accessible to all in the greater Georgetown area. Together with Dr. Douglas Benold, Dr. Gaddy, Jr. opened a clinic in 1958. The doctors were joined by three new physicians: Dr. James Shepherd, Dr. John Webb, Dr. Richard Pearce, and Administrator, Mr. Kenneth Poteete.

In the early 1970′s, this group of Doctors and Mr. Poteete outlined goals for the future of healthcare in Georgetown with three fundamental objectives: “to provide quality care, within our means, and with no tax base.” That vision came into focus with the donation of six acres along the San Gabriel River for the new home of the Georgetown Hospital. It became reality in 1979 with the completion of the 60-bed acute care facility that later expanded into a 122-bed facility.

By 1987, as the community and its healthcare needs continued to grow, the Hospital became the central facility of the newly formed Georgetown Healthcare System. The new system expanded the vision beyond traditional healthcare boundaries to best serve the residents of Georgetown.

In 2006, Georgetown Healthcare System partnered with St. David’s HealthCare by contributing Georgetown Hospital. Georgetown Healthcare System retains a vested interest and a voice in St. David’s HealthCare’s management, and St. David’s history and success helps to ensure that we serve the healthcare needs of our community.

Through this partnership, the Georgetown Healthcare System has evolved yet again with the creation of Georgetown Health Foundation. In this innovative model, revenues from foundation activities go directly toward helping the people of greater Georgetown.

From our humble beginnings to now, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to community health promotion and access to quality health care for all people in the Georgetown area.

Our Philanthropy

Georgetown Health Foundation’s multi-faceted philanthropy is grounded in our rich history of relationship-building. We leverage our resources to support community health promotion through the following programs and connections:

  • Grantmaking
  • Community Partnerships
  • Affiliates

Grantmaking

Georgetown Health Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on its strategic initiatives and priorities:

  • Healthy Living

    Focus on health care and health promotion for low-income children, youth, and families.

    • Support community access to affordable, quality health care.
    • Increase access to mental and behavioral health care.
    • Encourage health promotion programs for children, youth, and families.
  • Healthy Community

    Focus on sustaining and strengthening safety net services for low-income children, youth, and families.

    • Sustain and enhance basic needs services, including:
      • Food Insecurity;
      • Emergency Financial Assistance;
      • Housing.
    • Support emergency shelter initiatives for youth.
    • Increase access to affordable, quality child care.

Our grants process recurs annually. For more information, visit the Apply for Grants section.

Our current grantees include:

  • Lone Star Circle of Care
  • Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown
  • The Caring Place
  • The Georgetown Project
  • Georgetown Partners In Education
  • Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Capital IDEA
  • Georgetown Backpack Buddies

Community Partnerships

Georgetown Health Foundation is also committed to supporting local non-profit organizations that expand or enhance health and wellness in the Georgetown community. This is done through collaborating with local non-profit organizations. Some of our Community Partnerships include, but are not limited to:

  • Lone Star Circle of Care
  • Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
  • WC4C
  • Williamson County Literacy Council
  • GISD
  • The Williamson County Institute for Excellence in Nonprofits
  • Ride on Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.)

Affiliates

Georgetown Health Foundation’s affiliates include:

  • Georgetown Home Health Agency
  • Northeast Texas Treatment Center (NTTC)
  • Volunteer Chaplains
  • St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Volunteer Services Program
  • Georgetown Community Resource Center (GCRC)