Date(s) - 09/21/2019
Lake Lanier, Tryon, NC
1005 S Trade St
Founded in 2006 by two local runners, Katie Malone and Scarlette Tapp, the goal of the Ache is to raise funds for St. Luke’s Hospital while promoting awareness of physical fitness in our community. Since 2007, the Ache has provided funding to help digitize the hospital’s radiology department, upgrade surgical equipment, and support our physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy and geriatric psychiatry units as well as St. Luke’s Hospital’s Infusion Center.
The Ache started out as a USAT&F-certified 8K (4.97 mile) race and now includes a separate, two-mile fun run called “The Ouch.” Because the race is nestled in the foothills and held in September, it often draws people who enjoy a ‘destination race.’ Many participants stay at local inns or bed-and-breakfasts and enjoy the quaint appeal of area antique shops, fine restaurants, and the backdrop of the Carolina Mountains at peak fall foliage.
This year proceeds from Ache Around the Lake will fund additions and upgrades for St. Luke’s Hospital’s Center of Behavioral Medicine.
St. Luke’s Hospital Center of Behavioral Medicine is an inpatient program that provides patients, age 55 and older, with individualized treatment to improve those problems that are treatable and to manage those that are progressive.
Funds raised will be used to purchase a small ice machine for the Center’s kitchen to provide patients with cold drinks. Currently, St. Luke’s Hospital teammates must leave the locked unit to get ice from another area in the hospital to provide ice cold refreshments.
The Center also plans to install a blanket warmer to provide comforting warm blankets to anxious, often frail patients. During the winter, patients are often cold as well as in the summer due to air conditioning.
St. Luke’s Hospital’s Center of Behavioral Medicine will also replace the furniture in the most used common areas of the Center. The furniture needs to be replaced for patient comfort and safety as many of the pieces are 20+ years old. Living room chairs and couches will be purchased as well as dining room chairs.
These upgrades and additions for St. Luke’s Hospital’s Center of Behavioral Medicine will increase patient satisfaction resulting in continued exceptional care, close to home.