Arnold Family Challenge Gift 

Arnold Family Challenge Gift

Norman Arnold, Columbia businessman, philanthropist and public health advocate, has issued a family challenge gift of $500,000 to benefit Palmetto Health Women’s and Children’s Services.

All gifts made by March 31, 2013 will be matched dollar for dollar by Norman Arnold up to $500,000. Match dollars will be applied to an endowment to support future Women’s and Children’s Services needs. This is an exceptional opportunity to maximize your contribution.

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After waging a successful battle against pancreatic cancer, Arnold’s passion to support public health issues was fueled as he generously supported initiatives not only in South Carolina but also globally. The University of South Carolina School of Public Health bears the family name due to a $10 million gift in 2000. Norman has served on many hospital boards, and his wife, Gerry Sue, has been a member of the International Board of the Hadassah Medical Center in Tel Aviv for many years.

Norman’s son, Ben, and wife, Lisa, also faced a healthcare challenge seven years ago when their son, Aaron, was born.

“Aaron was born at Palmetto Health Baptist and was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a premature baby. Naturally, Ben and I were worried sick about him, but the neonatologists and nurses were exceptional. Not only did they provide excellent care for Aaron, but they also were very supportive and helpful to Ben and me.”

Because of their wonderful experience at Palmetto Health Baptist, Lisa and Ben named the educational suite in the newly renovated NICU in 2008.

“Our family is committed to improving quality of life for South Carolinians by improving healthcare,” said Lisa. “The purpose of the Arnold Family Challenge Gift is to engage the community in supporting the many health care needs of women and children served by Palmetto Health. This is our passion, and we’re hoping it will become the passion of many others as well.”

You can be a part of this special effort to support more than 5,000 babies delivered and more than 80,000 children treated each year at Palmetto Health. Funds will be used for specialized equipment such as NICU stretchers for the transport of premature infants from outlying hospitals, social programs for children such as the Child Life Specialist program and the enhancement of the Pediatric Institute for Diabetes and Obesity program at Children’s Hospital.