2014 A Day of Caring Serves Community

A total of 1,817 White County residents received assistance at the 18th annual A Day of Caring. As part of its mission to create a healthy community, White County Medical Center leads the charge in coordinating A Day of Caring; the medical outreach that helps uninsured and underinsured residents of White County.

This year, more than 400 volunteers from WCMC and the community united to serve at the outreach event, which was held at the Ganus Athletic Center on the Harding University campus. Also, 29 local organizations set up booths to provide educational materials to participants on health and social services. 

“We are always amazed at the remarkable turnout of volunteers and sponsors,” WCMC Marketing Director Brooke Pryor said. “The spirit of volunteerism in our community is tremendous, and our hospital is proud to be part of a community that cares for its neighbors. Thank you to each volunteer and sponsor who served at A Day of Caring.”

Physicians, dentists, eye doctors and pharmacies from the local medical community donated their time and services on Saturday, Aug. 2 to see patients. As a result, 86 medical exams, 203 dental screenings and 113 eye screenings were performed and prescriptions were filled for 62 participants. Pap exams, depression screenings and blood sugar checks were also given.

A total of 600 bags of school supplies were given to children present. Hair stylists gave 139 haircuts, 529 bags of groceries were distributed and 917 Bibles were given out to participants. Other items given out included personal care products, diapers, and children’s socks, shoes and underwear. Also, 1,907 lunches were distributed to participants and volunteers.

A Day of Caring 2014 was sponsored by the following:  Absolute Care Management; ARcare; Arkansas State University, Searcy; Centennial Bank; Cool 104; Covenant Fellowship Church; Crain Media; Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation;  Families, Inc.; Family Practice Associates; First Community Bank; First Security Bank; First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop; Harding Press; Harding University; H&R Block; Imagine, A Paul Mitchell Partner School; Joe’s Pharmacy Express; Mayfair Solutions; NorthStar EMS; Quattlebaum Music Center; Regions Bank; Radiology Associates Searcy Breast Center; Sam’s Club Distribution Center; Searcy Medical Center; Simmons First Bank; Southern Bank; The Daily Citizen; Three Rivers Edition; Valley Baptist Church; Walmart Distribution Center; Walmart Neighborhood Market; Walmart Supercenter; WCMC Auxiliary; White County Community Foundation; White County Farm Bureau; White County Medical Center.

The 21st Annual Shots for Tots and Teens was held in conjunction with A Day of Caring, as 69 immunizations were given. The shots were sponsored by ASU/Searcy School of Nursing; Harding University College of Nursing; Junior Auxiliary of Searcy; Kiwanis Club of Searcy; Optimist Club of Searcy; White County Health Department and WCMC.

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to improve the quality of health and well being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.

In addition to the North and South Campuses, White County Medical Center has a family of physician clinics including:  Family Practice Associates, Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, Searcy Medical Center and Searcy Medical Center – West Clinic, Westside Family Medical Clinic, WCMC Cardiology Clinic and White County Oncology.