Alot has changed in the world since the Alex Hemby Foundation was created in 1952. Man went to the moon, eradicated smallpox, perfected heart transplants, and invented the World Wide Web.
But as Charlotte and the world around it moved into a new century, the Hemby family’s dedication to healthcare in our community remained a comforting constant. Generation after generation has taken on the family legacy, helping to guide the Charlotte healthcare community toward the future. Their gifts have launched Carolinas Medical Center’s Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute, the Hilda Hemby Medical Intensive Care Unit, and established the Torrence Hemby Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Levine Children’s Hospital.
Most recently, the Alex Hemby Foundation has committed substantial funding to endow a chair of supportive oncology at Levine Cancer Institute, ensuring patients receive not just physical care, but emotional and spiritual services, as well. The Hemby family’s involvement with Atrium Health doesn’t end with their significant philanthropic gifts.
May Beverly (“Bevie”) Hemby, who manages the Alex Hemby Foundation along with sisters Sandy Burnett and Alexa Amick, serves on the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors and the Atrium Health Board of Commissioners. She also volunteers in the hospital, visiting patients regularly, with over 800 volunteer hours tallied since 2003. And she is not the only Hemby working with Atrium Health. Her children, steeped in the same family values of community, kindness and compassion, are also engaged philanthropists, continuing a family legacy deeply rooted within Atrium Health.