“What’s raised in Hopkins County stays in Hopkins County!” stated Meredith Caddell, CEO of the Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation. “What that means is, funds raised locally for hospital improvements stay right here in Hopkins County for use by our own CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs. Money we raise isn’t divided among other CHRISTUS hospitals in the network. And in the past few years, amazing things have been done with funds raised by the Gala and other Foundation events. Purchases of much-needed equipment that benefit our entire population have been made, and that’s something I am very proud of. This year’s Gala is super exciting and will be lots of fun, so plan to be there!”
A few tickets remain for the “Vegas” Gala, to be held in the Hopkins County Civic Center on Saturday January 26, 2019. Meredith explained, “the decor will be in a classically elegant Las Vegas style. Expect lavish food and drink. Dress will be ‘high glam’ so go all out! The band ‘Intensity’ will keep up a lively cross-section of music for dancing and listening. Part of the fun will be the gambling table with prizes like designer items and casino stays. A “$100 for 100″ feature will allow an exclusive group of 100 ticketholders the chance to claim ten different large-ticket items. And when it’s time for the Auction, well, that’s the high point of the evening. Gala is going to be an event you’ll remember.”
On the “wish list” for this year’s gift to the hospital is a 3-D Mammography machine, representing a $500,000 purchase. This state-of-the–art screening technology will provide greater accuracy of detection of breast tissue abnormalities. Use of the 3-D machine also reduces call-backs (or recalls) of the patient to the facility when screening views require additional images. So, while the patient is still the suite, images can be examined and re-screenings done. If biopsy is needed, this can also be performed during the same visit.
Because mammograms are the first step in breast cancer screenings, the combination of 3-D Mammography, current 2-D technology, Breast Ultrasound (or sonogram) screenings and Bone Density screenings make up a powerful array of services for women. A “Women’s Center” offering these services and more is the vision of the Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation for our hospital. As plans go forward for the Center, “naming opportunities” exist for various portions of the facility. The entire Center could be named in honor of a person or family, as can the rooms and suites inside the Center. Find out more about naming opportunities by calling Meredith Caddell at 903-438-4799 or see the hopkins county healthcare foundation facebook page.