On April 29, 2021, Farmers and Merchants Bank Marketing and Community Relations Administrator Amber Henry (left to right), Shonda Litty, HR Employee Experience Manager, and Vice President, Loan Officer Zack Lashley, present Baxter Regional Medical Center with a check for $ 5,000. The foundations are Diahanne VanGulick, Coordinator, Mruk Family Education Center on Aging, Melissa Hudson, Coordinator, Peitz Cancer Support House, Cindy Costa, Director of Development, Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation, Stefany Isham, Coordinator, Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education and Jodi Bodenhamer, Coordinator, Reppell Diabetes Learning Center.
The Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation will benefit from a donation of $ 5,000 from the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Northern Arkansas Marketing and Community Relations Administrator Amber Henry, Director of Human Resources Employee Experience Shonda Litty and Vice President and Loan Officer Zack Lashlee presented the check on April 29.
The donation will support the four unique community health education and support houses at Baxter Regional Medical Center. Foundation initiatives that will be supported include women’s health education, programs for the elderly and support for patients and families facing cancer or diabetes. Thanks to the hard work of the hospital foundation, the majority of the programs and services offered are free to the local community.
“We are always happy to help the hospital in any way we can, especially during the difficult times they continue to face,” says Brandon Scallion, President of Farmers and Merchants North Arkansas. “The Baxter Regional Medical Center, its foundation and their 1,700 essential employees are the backbone of our community, and we look forward to growing our partnership in the future.”
The Baxter Regional Wellness and Education Center plays a vital role in the physical and emotional well-being of the North Arkansas region. Despite restrictions related to the pandemic, 10,215 people visited homes in 2020 for educational programs, exercise classes, support groups and services. Over 8,500 people accessed services by telephone. In addition, more than 1,070 resources, which include items such as wigs and turbans, tool kits for Alzheimer’s caregivers, breast pumps and diabetes supplies from the Reppell Center, have been distributed. to residents.
“On behalf of the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation and Baxter Regional Health and Education Community Support Houses, we would like to thank Farmers and Merchants Bank for their generous and continued support,” says Cindy Costa, Director of Development of the BRMC Foundation. “Without community partners such as farmers and traders, the vital programs of the Four Support Houses simply would not be possible.
“As we quickly discovered, even during a global pandemic, the services provided are critical. The cancer does not stop, the diabetes does not go away, the problems of aging must be maintained, and the struggles women face continue. We are proud to provide, at no cost, nearly all of the services that the Mruk Family Education Center on Aging, Peitz Cancer Support House, Reppell Diabetes Learning Center and the Schliemann Center for Women’s Health Education have to offer – to the residents of Mountain Home and all surrounding areas. You won’t find four support centers like these anywhere else in the country, ”adds Costa.
The Farmers and Merchants Bank, headquartered in Stuttgart, is a local community bank with 26 locations in the state of Arkansas, eight of which operate under the name Bank of Fayetteville. With assets of over $ 1.6 billion, Farmers and Merchants is the 10th largest chartered bank in Arkansas.
Since 1988, generous donors in the community have ensured the success of the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation by providing ongoing funding to the Baxter Regional Medical Center. With its financial support of the latest medical technology, facility upgrades, health scholarships, and community health education and support houses, the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation is dedicated to the needs health of our community.
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