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Bank OZK in Blairsville contributes $55,000 to Union General Hospital through the Georgia HEART Program!


We would like to thank Bank OZK in Blairsville for making a very generous $55,000 contribution to Union General Hospital through the Georgia HEART Hospital Program! This is their second year in a row contributing and we greatly appreciate their support. Their contribution will be used to help bring additional services and technology to our patients.

“The generous contribution of $55,000 from Bank OZK will go a long way in supporting our mission of providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare, and promoting wellness throughout our community,” stated Kevin Bierschenk, Union General Hospital Chief Executive Officer.

Bank OZK participates in Georgia HEART, the statewide rural hospital organization expense tax credit program. Lawmakers enacted Georgia HEART to encourage taxpayers throughout Georgia to learn more about the financial and other challenges rural hospitals face and to contribute to improve their financial condition and patient offerings.

According to David Edwards, Bank OZK Georgia President, Bank OZK is contributing a total of $360,000 to three rural Georgia Hospitals including Union General in Blairsville in 2019. “Access to outstanding health care is essential to the quality-of-life for Georgia residents. We are fortunate to have rural hospitals throughout the state with dedicated and compassionate providers offering high quality medical services,” Edwards stated. “We are pleased the contributions from Bank OZK will allow for additional investments in technology, equipment and facility enhancements.” Bank OZK has 67 offices in Georgia, including one in Blairsville.

"Bank OZK recognizes the value Union General Hospital provides to our community. Providing our residents access to quality care close to home allows us to attract and retain businesses in Blairsville and Union County, and the hospital itself is a major employer of quality jobs,” stated Jason Karnes, Bank OZK Market President.

Karnes added, “As a bank with strong roots to the community, we understand the importance of neighbors serving neighbors. Much like banking, personal connections and compassion in local health care makes all the difference. That’s why we are so pleased to support Union General Hospital.”