Ed Lacy, Baptist Medical Center Administrator, and Chad Evans, representing the Baptist Health Foundation, were the presenters at the October 3 meeting of the Rotary Club of Heber Springs. The two spoke about the Baptist Health Foundation Cleburne County. The Foundation exists to raise funds for Baptist Health Medical Center Cleburne County. A sixteen-member all-volunteer board serves the Foundation, which has no paid staff.
Two annual fundraising endeavors help to purchase necessary equipment, meet infrastructural needs, and fund programs unique to the hospital. All funds raised stay in Cleburne County.
The Beasley Bash Golf Tournament, celebrating its 17th year on October 6, raises thousands of dollars annually to support the hospital. Tournament participants contribute to the Foundation while enjoying a day of golf at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club. This year, a second large fundraiser was undertaken, also with great success. The Steak Soiree, held on August 22nd at the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs, featured world-championship steak grilling and celebrity speaker D.J. Williams of KARK television and a former NFL football star.
Funds raised in 2016 assisted with the purchase of a radio-frequency ablation generator, which is used by pain management Dr. Aimee Widner at her new Spine Specialty Clinic. In 2017, funds raised will support the moving of the Baptist Health Clinic to its new location next to Domino’s Pizza on Highway 25B North.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs, a 25-bed acute care hospital located on Bypass Road, became a part of Baptist Health in 1996. Baptist Health Medical Center-Cleburne County has a complete range of medical offerings including cardiology, orthopedics, urology, dermatology, otolaryngology, gynecology, pulmonology, radiology, outpatient and emergency services to serve the needs of Cleburne County and surrounding areas. For more information about the Foundation, call 501-887-3212.
Rotarians are “People of Action” who are making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. The Object of Rotary is "to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise." The Rotary Club of Heber Springs meets each Tuesday at noon on the ASU-Heber Springs Campus. For more information about the Rotary Club of Heber Springs, please visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheRotaryClubofHeberSpringsAR.