The Baptist Health Care Foundation has awarded nearly $73,000 in scholarships to students in a variety of academic fields of study. Recipients range from freshmen to Doctoral candidates studying nursing, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, architecture and communications. Many of the recipients are children of Baptist Health Team Members, or are Team Members themselves. Congratulations to the outstanding recipients of the 2019 Baptist Health Care Foundation Scholarships:
- Kaitlyn Baker
- Kathleen Beesley
- Breck Bowen
- Meagan Boutin
- Madison Brooms
- Ragan Day
- KeSharnae Drakeford
- Kristen Eagerton
- Mary Caroline Mahaney
- Julie McDaniel
- Hayden Payne
- Layne Peacock
- Katie Pouncey
- Kelsie Sanders
- Tiffany Taylor
- Grant Watson
Baptist Health maintains Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Baptist Medical Center East and Baptist Medical Center South, the highest level of neonatal care in Central Alabama serving 850-1,000 of our tiniest and most delicate patients each year.
Through community participation and corporate sponsorship of our annual Birdies for Babies golf tournament, as well as generous contributions from patient families and loved ones, the Neonatal Intensive Care Fund supplements Baptist Health’s ongoing efforts to provide state-of-the-art technology to ensure our NICU patients receive the best resources possible.
Baptist Hospice Fund
The Baptist Hospice fund provides needed financial assistance to indigent and/or uninsured Hospice patients each year. Baptist Hospice served over 300 patients in 13 counties last year. The majority of those patients were residents of Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties. They dealt with a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer, heart and lung disease or Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Our pediatric patients lived with either cancer or congenital abnormalities.
Baptist Hospice provided approximately 13,000 days of care with just short of 1,000 of those days being charity care days. 18 patients without a payor source received the same level of compassionate care, through team visits, comfort medications, equipment and supplies as that provided to our patients with a payor source ($200.00 per day X 1,000).
In addition to clinical care, Baptist Hospice has provided assistance with:
- Utility bills in weather extremes allowing patients to stay in their homes
- Birthday celebrations for patients from families and for a caregiver from a patient
- Memory books for a mother who lost her small child
- Transport of a grandson before the death of his grandmother
- Extermination of infestations and temporary housing
- Final wish beach trips and even a memorable anniversary dinner
As you can see, Baptist Hospice is more than just end of life care. Baptist Hospice is LIFE CARE.
American Cancer Society Grant
The Baptist Health Care Foundation facilitated and received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from the American Cancer Society in 2018. This grant request will be earmarked for two previously unmet transportation needs 1) rural patients in counties that do not have public transportation support available and 2) patients who require transportation support for surgical care in Birmingham. Public transportation service is not available in Butler, Pike and Bullock counties, making transportation especially challenging for patients who live in these counties. In these counties, 25.8%, 39.6%, and 25.9% respectively of the population lives in below the federal poverty limit. Transportation is often provided by a family member or friend who then can experience financial strain due to lost wages, car maintenance, wear and tear and personal expenses. Frequently, family or friends require reimbursement from the patient. For these patients, transportation to MCC for office visits, treatment appointments, and radiation appointments can be a constant struggle, placing them at risk for poor compliance and suboptimal outcomes.
Team Member Giving Campaign
The 2018 Team Member Giving Campaign broke a record raising over $160,000 with nearly 750 participants. As a result of this campaign success, the Baptist Health Care Foundation provided nearly $33,000 to our own team members in recent months through the Team Member Emergency Assistance Fund. This is a direct result of Baptist Health caregivers taking care of their coworkers in addition to our patients. The Foundation also provided nearly $16,000 to support patients at the Montgomery Cancer Center who otherwise could not afford their treatment.