The Cornerstone Health Care Foundation was established in 2008 following the untimely death of Dr. Jim Errico, a practicing ophthalmologist and a member of the original Cornerstone Health Care board of directors. Conversations were already underway to begin the Foundation, but the overwhelming response to the loss of Dr. Errico compelled the Cornerstone family to move forward in realizing the dream of its own charitable foundation.
The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. Echoing Dr. Errico’s passions, the purposes of the Foundation are:
While most students are familiar with clinical jobs in health care, there is a lack of knowledge of the many non-clinical jobs that can provide stimulating and secure career paths. By educating youth on their career options, the Foundation believes that we can benefit the local economy and provide new options to youth as they plan their future.
Foundation programs for youth include Middle School Field Trips and Camp Cornerstone.
The Foundation invites groups of 40-50 7th grade students on field trips to Mills Regional Health Education Center where they learn about career opportunities in health care. More than 100 students have now participated in the career exploration program.
The Foundation sponsors a summer camp for rising 11th graders that includes orientation, three days of shadowing a Cornerstone physician, a visit to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. A mentoring program is available for camp graduates.