It’s a Family Thing – CoxHealth Family Posted January 5, 2017 by Brandi VanAntwerp


Our roots at CoxHealth go back to the Lester E. Cox family. Mr. Cox, his wife Mildred and their children were dedicated to the hospital and ensuring its success for the patients and community.

It was a family affair and today its’ really no different. CoxHealth is a family oriented and family focused organization. Our employees are our roots and what make the health system successful today. When former CEO Larry Wallis retired, he gave a gift to the CoxHealth Foundation to start the Cox Family Assistance Fund.  This ’employee crisis fund’ reached its tenth year in 2016, helping  516 employees with financial assistance for a life changing situation. A total of $417,061.63 has now been gifted to help during a fire, a tornado, a major medical or other event where the results were out of the employees control.

In 2016 Melissa Sartin applied and received support after her son’s devastating injury in a car accident. Tyler was not expected to live and Melissa had to take off a lot of time during her son’s recovery. Her family  had travel costs for his care and expenses they had no resources to cover. Today, thanks to the crisis fund, Children’s Miracle Network and the CoxHealth Foundation Rehabilitation fund; Tyler is back on the road to recovery. Melissa has resumed her position in the ED with gratitude for this hand up from our Cox family.

The Cox Family Assistance Fund was matched by employees and continues as one of the most highly supported funds in the Employee Giving Program. From both Melissa and the staff of CoxHealth Foundation, thank you for making 2016 a year for FAMILY .

If you would like to donate to the Cox Family Assistance Fund, click here.