Employee Funded Health and Wellness Projects
Since the Employee Fund Drive began in 2001, the remarkable employees of
BRMC have pledged over $1.8 million to support the following projects.
Many of these are funded solely by our employees.
Employee Crisis Fund
Over $400,000 has been given to the Employee Crisis Fund since the Employee
Fund Drive started in 2001, assisting more than 750 of our employees.
The Employee Crisis Fund helps employees financially when the unexpected
happens. Emergency assistance is defined as “one-time aid to an
employee due to an unexpected crisis such as an illness of employee or
immediate family member, death, loss of home to a natural disaster or
fire.” Backpacks and school supplies are also provided to employees
who would otherwise not be able to provide for their child. The Employee
Crisis Fund is entirely funded by the Employee Fund Drive.
The Friends Fund, almost entirely funded by the Employee Fund Drive, provided
medication assistance to 212 patients last year. As prescription costs
increase, so does the need. Patients apply for medication assistance and
are screened for need by our social workers. Assisting patients with medications
frequently avoids hospitalization, prevents readmission or shortens their
length of stay.
Employee Children and Grandchildren Scholarship Fund
Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester) are awarded in
May for the upcoming school year. Scholarships are awarded to graduating
seniors who are the children or grandchildren of BRMC employees. The parent
or grandparent must have been employed with BRMC for at least one year
and have worked 500 hours in the last twelve months. Scholarships will
go to residents of Arkansas and Missouri and are awarded based on academic
achievement and financial need.
The scholarship program was established in 2004, and while the EFD Committee
originally established this scholarship to fund twenty $1,000 scholarships
($500 per semester) each year, every year the number of scholarship requests
increases. Nearly every department at BRMC has had an employee whose family
members benefit from this scholarship.
Mountain Home Christian Clinic
Mountain Home Christian Clinic is a group of volunteers who have joined together to provide charitable
health care to members of our community who are most in need. Since 1999,
countless volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists,
social workers, ministers, and lay people have seen numerous patients
with various health problems at clinic scheduled two Thursday nights each
month. BRMC supports the efforts of the Christian Clinic by providing
free medical equipment, medications, and financial assistance. Last year,
BRMC employees via the Employee Fund Drive donated $15,000 to the Mountain
Home Christian Clinic. According to Dr. Paul Wilbur, MHCC Medical Director,
every dollar donated to the Christian Clinic can turn into $19 worth of services.
Hospice of the Ozarks' Hospice House is the only hospital-based, freestanding
hospice facility in Arkansas. It provides a homelike setting for terminally
ill patients who want hospice care but are unable to receive the care
in their own homes. It also offers a place for patients who need acute
care for pain and symptom control that cannot be handled in their own
homes for up to five days.
Community Health Education & Support Houses
The majority of services provided by these houses are offered free of charge
to all employees as well as the community.