At its August quarterly meeting, the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin (Foundation) board celebrated the leadership of John DuPlessis who provided seven years of dedicated service and leadership as board treasurer. During that time, he helped the Foundation establish its financial policies and procedures when it was reconstituted in 2015. DuPlessis will continue to serve on the Foundation board of directors.
Carl Swope, president and CEO of the Swope Family of Dealerships, will now serve as a vice chair and Allison Willoughby, general manager of Brandenburg Telephone and Telecom Company, will serve as treasurer. Both Swope and Willoughby have provided leadership in the group since its inception in 2015.
“Our nominating committee made strong recommendations in recently adding two bright, young leaders to our group and in persuading Allison and Carl to provide even more leadership,” according to Board Chairman Joe Prather. “Thanks to the dedication of founding Board member John DuPlessis and what he helped us accomplish in the last six years, I couldn’t be more excited about the future.”
The coming years pose a great opportunity for the Foundation’s growth as Baptist Health dedicates millions of dollars of capital to Baptist Health Hardin, Prather said.
“Baptist Health continues to make significant investments in our healthcare system whether it be the recent $50 million rollout of the new electronic health records or the recent announcement of the new Medical Pavilion,” Prather said. “Local businesses, individuals and nonprofits have the opportunity to help patients and make lasting investments in the region.”
To date, the Foundation has raised nearly $7 million in only six years of existence, to support Hardin’s patients. The extras purchased by the Foundation include cooling caps for chemo patients to help them keep their hair, and about $1 million of new equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to help keep the tiniest and most vulnerable patients safe. Donors also support pediatric therapy, Cancer Care, Pet Therapy, Emergency Pediatric Care, and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Forensic program.