A Day of Caring 2014, Medical Mission Set for Aug. 2

As part of White County Medical Center’s mission to improve the quality of health and well-being of local residents, the hospital is planning the 18th annual A Day of Caring. The medical mission will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Ganus Athletic Center on the campus of Harding University.

A Day of Caring is a community-wide outreach program designed to help uninsured and under-insured residents of White County. Free medical, dental and eye screenings will be provided; additional services available include immunizations, pap exams and blood pressure checks. Participants will have access to information on social services available locally. Items such as school supplies, Bibles, children’s socks, shoes and underwear, diapers, bags of groceries, and personal care products will also be distributed. Please note that children must be present to receive school supplies, socks/shoes/underwear and diapers.

White County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Henderson, has served at A Day of Caring for the past five years.

“I believe it’s important for physicians to be able to provide care to those in need,” Henderson said. “A Day of Caring allows us to help care for those who are under-insured or have no other means of accessing the needed medical attention. I also feel that often times the doctors benefit more from this event than the patients do sometimes, in that we get to use our abilities to help people. My responsibility as a Christian is to help those in need and I’m thankful to God for those given skills and opportunity to serve.”

The 21st Annual Shots for Tots and Teens will be held in conjunction with A Day of Caring. A parent or guardian is required to bring the child’s shot record in order to receive immunizations.

Partnerships between WCMC and community businesses and organizations, along with hundreds of nurses, WCMC associates and volunteers throughout Searcy, are vital to the success of the outreach program. Last year, more than 500 extraordinary volunteers united to provide needed services that helped more than 1,430 people.

Sponsors for the 2014 A Day of Caring include:  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.

“Our hospital looks forward to A Day of Caring each year, and we strive to serve as many people as possible through this outreach,” said WCMC Marketing Director Brooke Pryor. “It is incredible to see our community unite for this important cause. We are so thankful to the hundreds of volunteers, organizations and businesses that contribute to this medical mission and help us create a healthy community.”

Ways to Get Involved
Donate: boxed non-perishable food items, deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal care products, diapers.
Volunteer:  at the mission on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to Noon

WCMC welcomes individuals, clubs, churches and organizations to be involved by collecting personal care items. Items include non-perishable food items bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and diapers to stock the A Day of Caring Food Bank. For more information, please contact WCMC Event Specialist Anna Brumfield at (501) 380-1050 or via email at marketing@wcmc.org.

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.