Medical Foundation board meeting a success

Submitted by Deanie Graves

Choctaw County Medical Foundation held their annual meeting on May 2, 2017, to update members. This organization raises and disburses funds for the purpose of enhancing healthcare in Choctaw County. Donations are tax deductible.

The group enjoyed refreshments and an informative presentation by Jamie Rodgers, chief executive officer of Choctaw Regional Medical Center.

Highlights of the presentation included a list of donations/equipment from the Medical Foundation since its inception. The most recent projects of the Foundation included a spotlight to illuminate the US flag, patio furniture, and name signage beside each resident’s door at the Choctaw County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The Foundation has also purchased an isolette for newborns and discharge baskets for swingbed patients at the hospital. The slide presentation also included photos/videos and testimonials from hospital staff and patients. The Medical Foundation’s future goal is to create an outdoor area directly behind the nursing home. The area design would allow residents to enjoy a walking track and possible raised garden.

Mr. Rodgers also shared specific data concerning the Medical Center. He reported about hospital staff, net revenue, patient numbers, swingbed program growth, and other information about cost cutting efforts. An expansion of the nursing home by converting thirteen old hospital rooms to nursing home rooms is also underway which should be completed by October, 2017.

President Mike Pearson thanked Mr. Mike Thomas of North American Coal for its donation of $2000.00 and continued support of the Medical Foundation.

The Nominating Committee recommended Marie Raines and Donna McKay to fill two vacant Medical Foundation Board seats. Both were approved by members.  Board also includes Mike Pearson, Jim Adams, and Deanie Graves.

Door prizes were provided by local businesses: Pap’s, Main Street Fabrics, Southern Charm, Cagle’s Corner, Barlow Blue, Council House, Forget-Me-Not.