The hospital in the former factory town has long been threatened with closure, its people worked hard on the contest, and they deserve congratulations.
Just don't tell my friend Tommy Bass.
Tommy lives in Americus, Georgia, and he feels like a winner too, because Siemens decided to give a second MRI to Sumter Regional Hospital, after company officials visited and heard its story.
The March tornado came right over my friend Tommy's house but actually touched down a half-mile northeast, hitting the hospital and the surrounding neighborhood.
Eventually the hospital building had to be demolished.
When I wrote about this in October I tried to be objective, but I was secretly hoping Sumter would win. So were a lot of people. It was an enormous story in Southwest Georgia. Folks there really thought they won.
It's a good news story. Two MRI machines. Two winners. Well, a lot more than two. Maybe your hospital equipment company can benefit from a similar contest.
I hope so.