Donor Spotlight: Jim and Phyllis Lackey

Jim Lackey

Jim Lackey

“I began my journey at Williamson Medical Center with my father and grandson in 2008.  My dad was having chest pains at our home on July 4, and my wife, Phyllis, urged us to take him to the Emergency Department, just a few miles down the road. When we got there, he had a heart attack within the minute the medical staff began running tests. He had a 100% blockage.  I watched as they went to work on him and revived him. A stint was placed and three hours later, I was able to see my dad alive and recovering.”

 The next day, while Jim’s father was recovering at WMC, his grandson, Mason James Lackey, named for Jim and his father, was born in the hospital.  “The staff was great.  They wheeled my father up to see him right after his birth! It was an unforgettable moment. My father lived six more good years because of the care he received.”

Jim’s four grandchildren are the driving motivation for his gifts to the Close to Home Campaign.  “All four lived close by when we started the campaign and I wanted to make sure they have the very best care possible, right here in our own community.  Every time I walk through the hospital, I feel pride for the steps the hospital administration took to build this children’s hospital the right way.   There’s no better place to build a dedicated, state-of-the-art children’s hospital than right here in Williamson County.”

Little did Jim know when he agreed to chair the Close to Home Campaign that he would be returning to the hospital soon as a patient himself, to one of the new surgical rooms supported by the Campaign.   “In February, I had the privilege of using the new surgical suites when I had hip replacement surgery.”  Jim was out of surgery by 2pm and walking by 4pm.   “Last year, I could not ride my Harley or bicycle because of the pain.  Since my surgery less than 6 months ago, I have ridden 100’s of miles on my Harley and am able to ride my bicycle without pain.  My only regret is not having the surgery sooner!  I am well on my way to a full recovery with the assistance of my medical and physical therapy team at WMC.”

“I am extremely proud to have our very own hospital in Williamson County that offers the type of first class care for adults and children that we all want to have easily available.  We are fortunate.  Phyllis and I are proud to be a part of this campaign!”