Michael McNamara, M.D., helps cardiac rehab program reach big goal

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—February 2018 will be a month that Williamson Medical Center’s cardiac rehab program will not soon forget, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors. Among those donors is our own Michael McNamara, M.D.! As the year began, the popular cardiac rehab program found that it needed two new treadmills for its growing number of patients. With the treadmills costing some $4,000 each, though, getting them quickly would be no easy task. The Williamson Medical Center Foundation had an idea to help the group out. Pairing up with WMC’s Nutritional Services department, they allowed customers of Buchanan’s Café to donate to the cause. For each dollar given at the register, customers could write their name, or the name of a loved one, on a paper heart that would be displayed in the café. Not only that, the Foundation would match each donation, dollar-for-dollar. It proved to be a success, with more than 300 hearts sold in the first day! As the weeks went on, and February drew to a close, the community had come together to raise thousands of dollars. Wanting to make sure that the final goal was reached, Dr. McNamara reached out to the Foundation and offered to cover the remainder needed. On February 28, he met up with Clay Chapman, MPH, OTR/L, FACHE, director of Rehabilitation Services for Williamson Medical Center, and handed him the check. While Dr. McNamara’s main focus is orthopaedics, his actions during February will certainly help a lot of hearts for years to come. If you are interested in supporting the mission of the cardiac rehab program, you can still donate online at the Foundation’s webpage

PHOTO: Dr. Michael McNamara (left) hands Clay Chapman, MPH, OTR/L, FACHE, director of Rehabilitation Services at Williamson Medical Center, a check to help cardiac rehab reach its goal.