Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kim Mayer and Dianne Guthrie

Dianne Guthrie & Kim Mayer

If anyone understands that some of life’s greatest rewards come from serving others, Kim Mayer and Dianne Guthrie do. Thanks to their roles as volunteer supervisors – Mayer for Ascension St. Vincent’s East, Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Clair, and Ascension St. Vincent’s Blount; Guthrie for Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham, Ascension St. Vincent’s Chilton, and Ascension […]

Why One Physician Gives: Supporting Others Makes Lives Better, Souls Brighter

Dr. Salter

Third-generation physician Susan Salter, MD, a radiation oncologist at Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham Bruno Cancer Center, is a giving person by nature. As a physician, she spends countless hours tending to her patients; as a wife and mother, she devotes herself to caring for her family. She also strives for greater good as a church […]

Grateful Hearts Give: How Comfort and Care Eased a Family’s Sorrow

McClain Family

On September 7, 2022, Caroline McClain learned during a routine 20-week ultrasound that the baby, whose arrival she and husband Jason were happily anticipating in the coming year, had no heartbeat. “It was a complete and total shock after a healthy pregnancy thus far,” McClain, former executive director of the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, […]

Why We Give: Ascension St. Vincent’s Shows the Love of Jesus

DiPiazza Family

Rebecca DiPiazza thought she knew Ascension St. Vincent’s. After all, she was project director for an Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation-initiated breast cancer survivor program. She serves as Foundation Junior Board chair. She and her husband, Trey Hamer, included the Foundation in their wills and funded NICU cameras. DiPiazza, a cancer survivor, knows the Foundation’s influence […]

Why I Volunteer: Ruth White’s Time-Talent-Treasure Mission Investment

Melvin and Ruth White

When Ruth White retired as director of Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham Emergency Department last year, she thought she had closed her 41-year chapter of “serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.” However, after being asked to serve as a hospital volunteer, she remembered how her personal and professional goals […]

Jeremiah’s Hope Expanded to Jefferson State Community College

Kayla Hollon

In March 2020, COVID shuttered the restaurant where Kayla Hollon waited tables. Soon she couldn’t pay her mortgage. Buying groceries for her eight-year-old son became a challenge. Today, thanks to Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation-funded Jeremiah’s Hope medical jobs training program, Hollon is an Ascension St. Vincent’s certified clinical medical assistant. Working alongside a nurse practitioner […]

Why We Give: Wadsworths’ Endowment Supports Chilton County “Family”

Jim Wadsworth

Jim Wadsworth remembers the moment he heard Ascension St. Vincent’s might build a hospital in Clanton. “I thought that would be a home run,” says Jim, who owned Clanton-based Wadsworth Oil Company before his 2020 retirement. “I knew I wanted to support that effort. Since 2016, Ascension St. Vincent’s has been the best thing that […]

Planned Giving: Estate Gift Provides Direction in Uncertain Times

Ferretti post

Joan Wright couldn’t be more pleased that her late parents included Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham in their wills. She says Katherine and Emmett Ferretti would be delighted to know their gift, which will be used to build a “wayfinding” kiosk to help visitors navigate the campus, would provide direction in uncertain times. “To me, this […]