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The $1 Million Gift

Joe and Denise Harris donated $1 million to Tidelands Health in 2018 – the largest donation ever from private individuals.

The couple, of Bellingham, Washington, has strong ties to the Georgetown area and plan to call it their primary home one day. They made the record-setting donation, in part, to “pay it forward” after receiving quality, compassionate care from Tidelands Health.

The $1 million gift“A few years ago, Denise and I were both afflicted with cancer while residing in our ‘winter home’ here in Georgetown,” Joe Harris said when making the donation in 2018. “We assumed it would be necessary to go elsewhere for treatment, but instead we found that the services provided by Tidelands Health are both excellent and comprehensive.

“For this, of course, we are most gratified. Paying back - or as is popular these days, ‘paying forward’ – seemed an easy course to follow when we considered our contribution to Tidelands Health.”

Joe Harris is an accomplished petroleum geologist and entrepreneur who was among the first to recognize and apply the potential of early computer systems to the field. The software systems he developed are used across the world by geologists and organizations involved in the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas exploration and production companies, government and regulatory agencies, educational institutions and more.

In recognition of the Harris’ generous gift, Tidelands Health has named the Harris Medical Pavilion at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital in their honor.