February 13, 2014

Dr. Hawkins is new Health Care Foundation chairperson


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — O. Rebecca Hawkins, Ph.D., is the newly-elected chairperson of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation. Dr. Hawkins will serve a two-year term as chair of the Foundation board.

Dr. Hawkins is past President of Columbia State Community College, a leadership position she held for 12 years. As president of Columbia State, Dr. Hawkins increased access for underserved populations by opening two new campus locations, oversaw rapid growth in online and accelerated course delivery methods, and established partnerships with three universities to provide bachelor’s and master’s degrees on Columbia State campuses. During her tenure as president, enrollment at the college increased by 17 percent with retention and graduation rates consistently among Tennessee’s highest. Dr. Hawkins now serves as Columbia State’s President Emeritus. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Board for Maury Regional Medical Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Maury County, Maury Alliance, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and several other area organizations.

Dr. Hawkins replaces Eslick Daniel, M.D., who served as its chair since the board was formed in 2006. Dr. Daniel was recently honored for his years of service to the Health Care Foundation and to the Maury County community at large. He also served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Maury County, the YMCA of Maury County and other community organizations.

Other members of the executive board include local developer Greg Martin, who will serve as chairman elect, and Mike Short, director of safety and environmental services at Maury Regional Medical Center, who will serve as secretary.

The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation supports a wide variety of projects in the eight-county region of Middle Tennessee served by Maury Regional Medical Center. Among the many projects undertaken since its inception, the Foundation has funded The Retreat, a home-away-from-home for patients receiving long term cancer treatment and family members of neonatal and critical care patients. The Foundation also provides wigs and headpieces for cancer patients, partners with the Dispensary of Hope to provide life-saving medication to patients unable to afford the cost and funds initiatives to assist with many other health related projects.

Administrative expenses for the foundation are funded by the medical center, allowing all donations to go directly into serving the community. Tax-deductible donations to help support the work of the Foundation may be mailed to Maury Regional Health Care Foundation at 1224 Trotwood Avenue, Columbia, TN 38401. Learn more by visiting or by calling 931.380.4075.