Philanthropy in Action

Roper Hospital Rooftop Helipad 

More than 110,000 residents choose Roper St. Francis for their emergency care each year. Each minute matters when you are having a heart attack or stroke, and quick access to emergency care can be the difference between life and death. Through philanthropy, a helipad has been added to the roof of Roper Hospital, improving access in critical care emergencies, decreasing transport time for rural areas and ensuring better disaster preparedness for the Charleston peninsula. Watch the helipad video to see how donations are helping save minutes - even lives - for thousands of Lowcountry residents needing critical care. 

Mending Hearts in the Roper Hospital Cardiac Wellness & Rehabilitation 

In 2012, the Roper St. Francis Foundation was thrilled to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Roper Hospital Cardiac Wellness & Rehabilitation was complete. This important project was funded 100% through philanthropy by hundreds of donors across the Lowcountry. Thanks to $4 million in support, the new facility is a superior space for post-surgery rehabilitation and preventive healing. A special donor wall was unveiled at the grand opening, the first of its kind for Roper St. Francis, to recognize the generosity of the facility's Big Heart donors. See photos from the opening of the new facility.

Fighting Cancer at Roper St. Francis Cancer Care

At Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, board certified doctors, nurses and professionals use their clinical expertise, leading technology and compassion to care for cancer patients. Philanthropy plays a significant role in the advancement of cancer care, with millions in community support. Patients have felt the support of Foundation donors through capital improvements such as the fifth floor Roper Hospital Cancer Center and the new Infusion Center on the fifth floor of Roper Hospital.

A generous $1 million endowment gift formed the Donna Fielding Cancer Wellness Institute to ensure the 2,000 patients of Roper St. Francis Cancer Care benefit from a comprehensive cancer program. Through philanthropy, a Cancer Wellness Navigator will enhance patients’ quality of life through programs ranging from prevention, nutrition and massage to symptom management and palliative care.

In addition, grants to the Foundation support many cancer wellness and screening programs. For instance, a grant from The Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides hundreds of free breast imaging procedures for women each year.

A Community Hospital

Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s 85-bed Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital opened in November, 2010 and features a 24-hour emergency room, home-like labor and delivery suites, inpatient and outpatient surgery, an intensive care unit, helipad and so much more. Philanthropy to Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital allows us to create a true community hospital with gifts supporting everything from new mothers and babies to the creation of peaceful gardens.

Funding a Future of Health and Hope

Through their lifetime, the late Dr. Harold S. and Corinne N. Pettit generously gave their time and talents to Roper St. Francis Healthcare. The Foundation was grateful to receive a generous $1.3 million gift to establish an endowment to enhance patient care, acquire state-of-the-art medical technology and support facility enhancements and improvements at Roper Hospital.

Their endowment represents one of many ways Dr. and Mrs. Pettit supported Roper Hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Pettit made their first donation to Roper in 1991, and made subsequent gifts to benefit Roper Hospital Imaging, the Roper Heart & Vascular Tower and Roper St. Francis nursing scholarships, totaling in excess of $2.3 million. Dr. Pettit served as chief of radiology at Roper Hospital from 1949 to 1983. He was an active member on several boards, including serving for 19 years on the Board of Commissioners for Roper Hospital, and as chairman for eight years. Dr. Pettit, a member of the Medical Society of South Carolina since 1949, served as its president from 1966 to 1968. Mrs. Pettit served on the Roper St. Francis Foundation Board of Directors from 1987 to 1999.

One Patient's Story

A Moment of Hope

"After my accident I was crushed.  I was an athlete in college and I was fearful I couldn't do the things I loved anymore.  The people at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury are changing my life more and more every day.  It makes you feel wonderful to be able to stand up and walk." - Tink W.