Donor: Nancy Upchurch

Ernie-and-Nancy-UpchurchTo Nancy Upchurch and her family, Reid Hospital is an important part of the community. Nancy is quick to share, “Reid has a big place in my heart!”

A graduate of the Reid Nursing School in 1956, Nancy served patients for a few years prior to joining her husband’s veterinary practice in Greensfork. Even at that time in their lives, she and her husband, the late Dr. William “Ernie” Upchurch, took a special interest in Reid, with all four of their children were born there.

Since her husband’s death, Nancy and her children are keeping the family’s commitment to Reid alive through philanthropy. They took a special interest in Reid’s plans to include “quiet places” on the new campus. “I think it is important to focus on the spirit, not just the physical,” she said. The Reid healing environment encompasses locations such as the chapel and the healing garden in addition to the family gathering rooms on each unit. All of these may be used as a quiet retreat for patients or families as they are experiencing life-changing moments.

“I wish my husband were here to see the new building,” Nancy said as she explains how extremely thankful he would be. Nancy is also thankful for friends who have donated to Reid Foundation in memory of Dr. Upchurch. “It is so meaningful for our family to know the donations are going to something special.”

Nancy continues her commitment to health care as she works part time for Richmond Eye Center and donates time at the free health clinic. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and watching them play sports. Wrapping up her thoughts, Nancy concludes, “My heart is with Reid, and it always will be!”