Donation helps keep Sumter Regional Hospital operating from field unit

Sumter Regional Hospital officials in Americus, Ga., say Cotton States Insurance has donated $20,000 to help the hospital offset operating expenses while officials decide how to begin the rebuilding process.

Sumter Regional was destroyed by a tornado that hit March 1.

At that time, patients were evacuated to hospitals in other communities. Since then, a field urgent care center has been set up in the hospital's employee parking lot to offer basic triage and urgent healthcare services.

"This money will help keep us afloat," said Stephen Machen, Sumter's chief operating officer, in a release from the hospital.