SRMC annual golf tourney set for April 28

By Kristy D. Carter -

Golfers who participate in this year’s annual Partner’s for Life Invitational Golf Tournament will have the chance to spruce up a waiting area and make family experiences with the hospital more pleasant.

The 13th annual event, hosted by the Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation, is slated for April 28 at Coharie Country Club. A shot-gun start will be at 9:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The per-registration deadline is April 14.

Each year, according to Amber Cava, vice-president of Marketing, all proceeds from the annual golf tournament are used to enhance an area of the hospital. This year’s proceeds will be used to set up a new family-visitor waiting room on the Medical-Surgical unit of the hospital.

“I’m sure many community members and hospital visitors can relate, waiting at the hospital can often be stressful,” Cava said. “It’s especially difficult for families and visitors when they need to leave their loved one’s room but don’t want to be far from the hospital.”

According to Cava, with approximately 50 rooms, the Medical-Surgical Unit is the largest patient care area at Sampson Regional Medical Center. The primary patient populations on this unit are: general medical admissions (non-ICU, non-obstetrical), swing patients (patients with longer stay needs, for example, physical therapy), observation (generally less than 24 hour stays), and pediatrics. The planned design for this area includes fresh paint, furniture, window treatments, and coffee service for a warm, welcoming environment.

Every year, Cava added, the hospital’s foundation hosts two major fund-raising events. Proceeds from the events are used to fund projects at the hospital that are patient oriented. Some of these projects are very noticeable to patients, and others are behind-the-scene needs that are essential to daily operations and patient care.

“In the past, for example, some of those behind-the-scene projects have included special equipment needs for the operating room and laboratory,” Cava said. “This year’s project is one that will be highly visible to families and visitors of patients. While the patient may never see the waiting area, we believe it’s important to address the needs of their support system by providing a comfortable area for their retreat.”

According to Cava, many family members and visitors spend long days and hours at a time in the hospital to be with their patient. Sometimes they need to leave the room, for the patient’s rest and privacy, or to refuel themselves with a little rest or cup of coffee.

“We envision this new room being that place where a family can gather during a difficult time or where individuals can take a moment for themselves and still be nearby their patient,” Cava added.

Past projects funded through proceeds from golf tournaments include an Olympus 190 laparoscopic surgical tower, patient vanity units, relocation of new Blood Donor Center and SANE Room Sexual Assault Nursing Education for staff members.

According to Cava, in addition to the golf tournament, golfers will have the opportunity to participate in several contests, including a Hole-in-One contest for a chance to win a 2016 Chevy Cruze, sponsored by GO Automotive and Closest to the Pin and Hole-in-One prizes on all other par 3 holes.

For golfers who register for the “Get Well Bonus Package,” Cava said there will be a sponsor for a $100,000 prize. This will offer five lucky players a chance at the $100,000 Shoot Out on hole 10, where they can win big bucks for themselves and the Foundation. Half of the proceeds will go to the golfer, while the other half goes to the Foundation.

Ribeyes of Clinton is also sponsoring a Hole-in-One contest, with the winner receiving dinner for two each week for one year at the local restaurant.

Registration deadline is April 14. The format is four-person captain’s choice, with the cost being $125 per person, $400 per team. The tournament can register up to 36 teams, or 144 players. Tee time will be at 9:30 a.m. April 28.

“Typically, we average 30 teams, or about 120 players,” Cava said. “We’d love to fill every team spot.”

There are also seven sponsorship levels available, from the $150 tee sponsors to the $5,000 platinum sponsorship. All golf packages include green fees, cart rental refreshments, awards lunch and an opportunity to participate in event contests and win prizes.

And it is for a great cause.

“We are proud to support equipment needs, such as this one, that improve care and provide state-of-the-art technology and service close to home,” Cava attested. “Nothing is more important than us being able to provide the level of services that our community needs right here in our own hospital. This certainly is another step in that direction.”

For all tournament details or to register, visit or contact Cava at

Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.

By Kristy D. Carter

The annual Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation golf tournament will be held April 28 at Coharie Country Club. Registration ends April 14. annual Sampson Regional Medical Center Foundation golf tournament will be held April 28 at Coharie Country Club. Registration ends April 14.


Reach Kristy D. Carter at 910-592-8137, ext. 2588. Follow us on Twitter at @SampsonInd. Like us on Facebook.


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