Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation has received another transformational naming gift from Bill Pou and his wife Kathy for its Behavioral Health capital campaign. Currently under construction and slated to open in late summer, the new facility will now be home to the Bill and Kathy Pou Pediatric & Adolescent Unit.
Mr. Pou recently retired as the Chairman of the Board of W.S. Badcock Corporation, the famed home furnishing retailer founded by his great-grandfather, Henry S. Badcock. Bill is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Currently, he serves as a board member for Lakeland Regional Health, South State Bank and Florida Southern College. He is a past Board Chairman of Heart of Florida Hospital in Haines City, Florida as well as the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation. During his tenure as Chairman for the Foundation, Lakeland Regional Health received its largest gift in its then history and was an important advocate that catapulted the organization’s charitable success.
Kathy Pou graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is involved with charitable giving at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida and Therapy Dog International. It was on a visit to LRH, with her dog Maggie, that she became aware of how important it is to help children and teens with their mental health.
Bill and Kathy have contributed generously to past projects at Lakeland Regional Health. They are major donors to the Carol Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children naming the Fetal Medicine Unit. They have also contributed various gifts to the Hollis Cancer Center and Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. The two reside in Lakeland and have three children and five beautiful grandchildren.
“Mental health is a condition that must be treated like diabetes, cancer and other diseases. The earlier we can assess and treat a disease the better the outcome for all. That is why it is so important to start assessing and treating mental health at an early age,” said Bill Pou.
“We are both grateful and honored that the Pou family has made such a significant gift to the LRH Foundation”, said Timothy Boynton, Senior Vice President of Development. “They join us on this movement of trying to remove the stigma from Behavioral Health and instead allow for the children to receive necessary care from an expertly trained team of therapists and counselors in a state-of the art facility.”
The Pou Family Adolescent Unit & Courtyard was designed to be a welcoming, therapeutic, and safe caring environment. This 12-bed unit will provide care for pediatric and adolescent patients who suffer from serious psychiatric illnesses or disorders.
“Children and adolescents face unique stressors in school, at home and among their peers. Sometimes life can become overwhelming for young people and extra care is needed to help guide them through difficult situations”, said Danielle Drummond, President & CEO of Lakeland Regional Health. “We are so thankful for this major gift from the Pou Family and are grateful for their continued leadership.
About Lakeland Regional Health Foundation
The Lakeland Regional Health Foundation was created as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1971 to support Lakeland Regional Health’s work to deliver nationally recognized healthcare, strengthen the health of the community and advance the future of healthcare for those it serves. 100% of all donations are invested in clinical programs, facilities, and equipment used to care for patients. For more information about the Lakeland Regional Health Foundation, visit htp://foundation.myLRH.org.