Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation hosted their 16th annual Donor Banquet Friday, May 5, at the Vada Sheid
Community Development Center located on the ASU-MH campus. The night was
to honor the many donors who help to keep Baxter Regional Medical Center
on the cutting edge of healthcare. Approximately 400 donors and guests
were in attendance for an evening of gratitude.
The night began with introductions by Chairman of the Baxter Regional Hospital
Foundation Board of Directors John Dyess, followed by 2016 recognitions
presented by Barney Larry, BRMC VP/ Business Development and BRHF Executive
Director. Clark Fletcher and Lori Gregory were both recognized for their
service as retiring Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation board members.
A video was then shown about the four
BRMC Community Health Education and Support Houses, and Sally Gilbert, Chairman of the BRMC Board of Directors, extended
appreciation from the Board to all of the donors present.
Ron Peterson, BRMC President and Chief Executive Officer, shared via video
the philanthropic impact that donations made to the Foundation have on
the hospital to keep BRMC a comprehensive, independent and community-driven
Cindy Costa, CFRE, BRHF Director of Development, and Shannon Nachtigal,
MSN, RN, BRMC VP/Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, spoke
about the impact the
Anderson Downes Nursing Scholarships have had on the organization. A video was shown featuring Tana Seely,
RN, Acute Inpatient Rehab, sharing her personal experience as a scholarship
Estella Tullgren, BRHF Planned Giving Officer, announced that Donna Cordonnier
had made a six figure endowment gift to the Peitz Cancer Support House
that was matched by Peter Peitz, Investment Chair, BRHF Board of Directors.
Both Donna and Peter shared their stories and inspired all in attendance
to leave a legacy.
Justin Woods, CFRE, BRHF Major Gifts Officer, kicked off a one million
dollar fundraising campaign to renovate the
Acute Inpatient Rehab Unit.
There wasnandrsquo;t a dry eye in the room after a video highlighting
Rock Steady Boxing Mountain Home was played, and the fighters took the stage to a standing ovation. Rock
Steady Boxing is an exercise program available locally through the Mruk
Family Education Center on Aging for those with Parkinsonandrsquo;s Disease
that is proving to slow the progression of the disease.
The evening ended with Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass sharing
the impact of BRMC on his personal life following a quadruple-bypass surgery.
Closing remarks were made by Barney Larry as he expressed gratitude to
donors for supporting the mission of Baxter Regional Medical Center, and the
2016 Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation Annual Report was distributed to attendees as they left the event.
Baxter Regional Medical Center and Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation
appreciate the opportunity to celebrate our donors. Since 1988, Baxter
Regional Hospital Foundation has made an unyielding commitment to Baxter
Regional Medical Center to provide the funding to ensure the best healthcare
possible. This wouldnandrsquo;t be possible without our donors and their
gifts of time, commitment and financial support! For more information
about the Foundation, call (870) 508-1770 or email