BMH-UC and Hometown Walk of Hope recognized for their dedication and work

BMH-UC and Hometown Walk of Hope recognized for their dedication and work

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:02 pm

Baptist Memorial Hos-pital-Union City and Hometown Walk of Hope were recently recognized by the American Hospital Association for their work together to provide care and hope to local individuals and families.
Details of their work together have been published in the AHA’s 6th edition of Community Connections:  Ideas and Innovations for Hospital Leaders.
The Hometown Walk of Hope is a non-profit organization established in 2001 to raise funds to meet the financial needs of Obion County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The year-long community effort centers around a team walking event that utilizes corporate sponsors and teams to raise money to help meet the needs of Obion County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Funds are used for medication, medical and utility bills as well as other necessary expenses.
BMH-UC has been a corporate sponsor for the Hometown Walk of Hope since 2001.
The Hometown Walk of Hope has raised more than $1.3 million, and the local hospital and its staff have contributed about $100,000.
In addition, the hospital hosts the monthly meetings of the Obion County Cancer Agency, the volunteer board of directors which disburses the funds raised.
At the present time, three members of the Obion County Cancer Agency board of directors are also hospital employees.
BMH-UC also provides space at Health Quest, its fitness and wellness center, for the Hope Chest, a comfortable place where Obion County cancer patients can receive support, counseling and supplies.
“Through the American Hospital Association’s Community Connections initiative, we’re working to ensure that people see the full picture of services hospitals provide to their communities. The publication is distributed to every hospital CEO in the nation with the hope that hospitals will benefit from the case examples and find new strategies for community partnerships and programs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and chief executive officer.
“Baptist Union City is proud to support the Hometown Walk of Hope and privileged to work with this community’s churches, businesses, civic organizations, and others to help meet the needs of Obion County’s cancer patients,” said Brad Parsons, BMH-UC administrator and chief executive officer.
“Hometown Walk of Hope appreciates all the many ways that Baptist Union City helps us,” said Lorraine Gossett, Hometown Walk of Hope co-chairman. “We are thankful to be part of a community in which so many organizations are committed to helping neighbors in need.
“With this publication, we are able to share this community’s story with others across the country.”
The Hometown Walk of Hope is always held the first Saturday in June.
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For more information, visit www.caringforcommunities.org.

Published in The Messenger 3.23.11

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