Having exceptional healthcare in our community is important to me. As a patient of Pearlman Cancer Center, the stability of SGMC is a cause I give to – for my family, friends, and the community.

Tom Newbern has been a philanthropic supporter of SGMC Foundation for over 20 years. His gifts have supported several service lines at South Georgia Medical Center including Dasher Memorial Heart Center and Pearlman Cancer Center. As President and CEO of First Federal Savings of Valdosta, Tom knows first-hand the significance of supporting the hospital. Tom shares, “This is my community hospital. Having exceptional healthcare in our hometown means my First Federal family will receive innovative care in their time of need as well.”


When a routine physical resulted in a cancer diagnosis, Tom was adamant about receiving his treatment in his hometown at SGMC Pearlman Cancer Center. As a patient of SGMC, Tom is grateful for the exceptional care he received by his ‘angels.’ “I truly believe angels are working at Pearlman Cancer Center. One of those angels is my daughter, Kelly. She (Kelly) greeted me at the Cancer Center doors for every treatment appointment. Having Pearlman Cancer Center close to home and work is a blessing.”


Tom feels his donation, combined with the contributions of other donors,  has a real impact. “I’m glad that when I needed this hospital, it was here for me,” he says, “and, I want to support its stability in our community for others. Philanthropic gifts from the Foundation’s donor family, corporate and individual donations, fuel the ability for SGMC to continue to provide innovative care for patients. SGMC patient’s just like Tom.