A Day of Caring Serves Community

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: News and Features

A total of 1,665 White County residents received assistance at the 16th annual A Day of Caring. In the pursuit to create a healthy community, White County Medical Center leads the charge in coordinating A Day of Caring; the medical mission is designed to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of White County.

This year, more than 600 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, 35 local organizations set up booths to provide educational materials to participants on health and social services.

Physicians, dentists, eye doctors and pharmacies from the local medical community donated their time and services on Saturday, August 4 to see patients. As a result, 77 medical exams, 200 dental screenings and 71 eye screenings were performed and 82 prescriptions were filled. Pap exams, depression screenings and blood sugar checks were also given.

A total of 688 bags of school supplies were given to children present. Hair stylists gave 137 haircuts, 520 bags of groceries were distributed and 1,033 Bibles were given out to participants. Other items given out included personal care products, diapers, children’s socks and underwear. Also, 1,800 lunches were distributed to participants and volunteers.

“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!”

A Day of Caring 2012 was sponsored by the following:  Absolute Care Management, ARcare, Arthur’s Beauty College, ASU-Beebe/ASU-Searcy, CARTI, Centennial Bank, Cool 104, Covenant Fellowship Church, Crain Media, The Daily Citizen, Families, Inc., Family Practice Associates, First Community Bank, First Security Bank, First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop, Harding Press, Harding University, Hospice Home Care, Liberty Bank, Mayfair Solutions, Medical Center Pharmacy, NorthStar EMS, PrimeCare, Quattlebaum Music, Regions Bank, Sam’s Club Distribution Center, Searcy Medical Center, Southern Bank, Three Rivers Edition, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Wal-Mart Supercenter, White County Community Foundation, White County Medical Center and the WCMC Auxiliary.

The 19th Annual Shots for Tots and Teens was held in conjunction with A Day of Caring, as nine 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.

ABOUT WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to create a healthy community by providing quality patient care and participating in community health events. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in Searcy with more than 1,500 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.