Meredith Caddell, Executive Director of the Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation and Carrie Crowson, owner of Lou Nell’s Fashions have more in common than a sense of style. These ladies have teamed up to raise money for the Healthcare Foundation’s annual drive for new equipment for the hospital. As in years past, a goal has been set so that the hospital’s “wish list” can become a reality. The goal for 2017 is $400,000. September’s “Lights of Life Style Show” begins the drive and January’s “Jewel of the Nile” Hospital Gala will conclude the drive. You can reserve your seats for both events by contacting the Hospital Foundation office at 903-438-4799 and speaking to Meredith or her assistant Betty Finn, or by stopping at the Foundation office near the entrance of Christus Mother Frances Hospital. Style Show tickets at $25 each are also available at Lou Nell’s Fashions at 122 Lee Street.
Last year’s Foundation purchases turned out to be very much needed. The anti-gravity treadmill with Nasa technology allows patients with limited use of their lower extremities to exercise by running or walking free of the weight of gravity. In fact, the treadmill has been so much in demand that a separate schedule was arranged for it’s use. The Omni “Giraffe” Bed, a combination warmer/incubator for babies born as early as 32 weeks, allows preemies to stay near home and family and not spend their first weeks of life in faraway city hospitals. The Foundation’s 2016 fundraising drive made these purchases possible.
A few of the items on this year’s “wish list” are a large sterilizing unit for hospital equipment, three Hi-Def monitors for the surgery department, a Lucas CPR machine for a recently acquired ambulance, a new Cardiac monitor for the EMS unit, a Newborn Hearing Screening machine and pressure-sensor bed alarms for patient rooms.
On Thursday September 16 at 6:30pm, the Style Show and Dinner will take place in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs with a catered meal by Pioneer Cafe. Danna’s and The Florist will provide table decor. About 100 outfits will be modeled by a dozen local women. You can reserve a round table for 8 or you may purchase single tickets at $25 per person. Seating is limited to 200 persons. The event should end by 9pm. Call Lou Nell’s to reserve your seat at 903-885-0664.