Foundation Special Events


Jernigan Golf Tournament: Harry W. Jernigan, Jr. - University Health Care Foundation’s first president - had two passions: University Hospital and golf.  For 33 years, the Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament has raised funds to support employee continuing education, financial assistance to patients undergoing medical treatment, and capital improvements at University Hospital. 

This year, Jernigan proceeds are designated to University Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to purchase new Giraffe beds for our tiniest and most vulnerable patients. Giraffe beds cost approximately $40,000 each and are critical to improving patient outcomes. Giraffe beds:

  • Help the staff meet the complex needs of the neonate
  • Constantly and consistently control the thermal environment for the baby
  • Offer a restful and quiet environment to support healing and growth
  • Equipped with alarm volume controls and hands-free alarm silencing
  • Have built-in scales and x-ray trays to minimize stimulation
  • Provide humidity to protect the fragile skin on smaller preemies to prevent heat loss and weight loss

Our existing Giraffe beds are aging out of usefulness, and the NICU needs to purchase 8 – 9 new beds at approximately $40,000.  University Health Care Foundation is confident that Harry Jernigan would be pleased with our efforts to support the NICU with this year’s Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament proceeds.

Please join us Monday, May 6, for the 34th Annual Jernigan Memorial Golf Tournament at Woodside Plantation in Aiken. Your support helps University Hospital continue its long tradition of providing quality, compassionate care to our community.

Please contact the Foundation office ( or 706-667-0030) for sponsor and team information.  If you would like to make an online gift to the Harry W. Jernigan endowment, please click here.

Would you like to be a sponsor? Click the sponsorship level for more information.


Miracle Mile Walk: The Miracle Mile Walk supports University Hospital’s Breast Health Center and Mobile Mammography Unit, which provide life-saving screenings to women in our community who otherwise might not have access to or means to afford these screenings. No woman is ever turned away from the mobile unit! Even if you can’t walk with us, you can support us every step of the way!

The Walk is held every third Saturday in October. Join us on Oct. 19!

For more information, visit our website


1818 Society: Individuals who contribute $500 or more per year receive membership in University Health Care Foundation’s annual sustained giving program – the 1818 Society. Similarly, corporate gifts of $1,000 or more per year qualify the organization/business for such recognition. 1818 Society members are recognized annually at a donor celebration event named for the year of University Hospital’s founding in 1818.

This year we will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of University Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute. The HVI is dedicated to helping educate, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate those in our community with heart and vascular issues. We are proud to have served our community by providing a state-of-the-art facility for 10 years. Click here for more information. 


Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Education:  University Health Care Foundation is partnering with the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention (HASP) team on Thursday, Feb. 7, in University Hospital Dining Rooms 4-6 to share the importance of early detection and prevention.

  • 11:30 a.m. – Eating Well with Kim:  Heart-healthy meal demonstration and tasting with University’s own celebrity chef, Kim Beavers.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Free heart health screens by the HASP team to the first 60 employees
  • Noon – Heart of Women’s Health:  Cardiologist Kellie V. Lane, MD will speak about women’s heart health and the hidden dangers women need to know about.

This event is free. Heart-healthy snacks will be available and all attendees will be entered into a raffle drawing.  For more information contact the Foundation office ( or 706-667-0030).


Patchin-Weston Celebration & Dennis Memorial Golf Tournament: This special event was created 1993 by Michael S. Shlaer, M.D., a University Hospital oncologist, in memory of his good friend Art Patchin Jr. Mr. Patchin fought a long battle against cancer, and during that time, lost his health insurance. Dr. Shlaer wanted to create an endowment that could help others who found themselves in the same situation by providing financial support. Will Weston IV, who was a friend and steadfast supporter of the Art Patchin Jr. Endowment, was named to the event after he died in October 2011. This year's event is Thursday, March 14.