Regional One Health Foundation depends on generous donors who help make the compassionate care of our 3,000 employees, nurses and providers possible. These donors are the lifeblood of Regional One Health Foundation’s work, including Deborah and King S. Johnson.
The Johnsons have a commitment to Regional One Health Foundation that comes from a place of joy. Both are quick to say that they feel supporting their community is an obligation they take seriously.
“People made investments in us as we grew into the people we are today,” Deborah said. “Now it’s our turn. To whom much is given, much is required.”
Deborah’s official title at First Tennessee Bank is senior vice president and relationship manager, but it’s also correct to say she and her husband, King, are around-the-clock relationship managers.
Deborah is chairwoman of the Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce, a position that enables her to be part of what she calls the right people getting together to make big things happen in the community. She and her husband are part of those “right people” who help make big things happen at Regional One Health.
Her involvement at Regional One Health began through a family connection to the hospital when it was known as John Gaston. Her mother delivered five of her nine children there. Later in life, her mother lost her health insurance after Deborah’s father passed away. Her mother continued to receive the same level of excellent care.
“Once you experience that you know you have to give back,” Deborah said.
In addition to their financial contributions to Regional One Health Foundation, Deborah also volunteers with ONE Club, which provides support to the hospital and its caregivers.