A Day of Caring 2013

A Day of Caring 2013
August 3
9 a.m. to Noon
Ganus Athletic Center, located at the corner of Burks Blvd. and East Park Ave.
Harding University Campus

A Day of Hope. A Day of Help. A Day of Caring.

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 17th annual A Day of Caring. The medical mission will be held Saturday, August 3, 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 underinsured 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 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/underwear and diapers.

Hospitalist David Covey, M.D., with Searcy Medical Center, has served at A Day of Caring since the first year of the outreach. 

“Unfortunately, often times those who need help the most because of illness or other issues, have the least ability to pay for their care. My feeling is that we, as physicians, were trained to help people,” Dr. Covey said. “I’ve always felt like we have a responsibility to keep our community as healthy as we can and help those in need. It is a natural fit for physicians to participate in this outreach.”

Dr. Covey has a heart for service. In addition to being passionate about A Day of Caring, he also takes annual medical mission trips to Mexico and volunteers at Christian Health Ministries. 

“A Day of Caring is a good outreach; it shows [the participants] that people in the community care about them and it gives them an opportunity to learn more about what resources are available in Searcy.”

The 20th 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 600 extraordinary volunteers united to provide needed services that helped more than 1,665 people. 

Sponsors for the 2013 A Day of Caring include:  Absolute Care Management; ARcare; Arkansas State University Searcy; CARTI; Centennial Bank; Cool 104; Covenant Fellowship Church; Crain Media; 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; Liberty Bank; Mayfair Solutions; NorthStar EMS; PrimeCare; 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; Walmart Distribution Center; Walmart Supercenter; White County Community Foundation; White County Medical Center and the White County Medical Center Auxiliary.

“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:  deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other personal care products, diapers and boxed non-perishable food items
Volunteer:  at the mission on Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to Noon

WCMC welcomes individuals, clubs, churches and organizations to be involved by collecting personal care items including bar soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and diapers. Non-perishable food items are also appreciated to stock the A Day of Caring Food Bank. For more information, please contact WCMC Event Specialist Anna Overbay at (501) 380-1050 or via email ataoverbay@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.

PHOTO:  White County Medical Center Auxiliary member and A Day of Caring volunteer Floyd Rine, WCMC Hospitalist David Covey, M.D., and WCMC Director of Quality & Risk Management Debbie Hare, who helps oversee the Medical Clinic area at A Day of Caring.