Hardin Memorial Health Foundation leaders announced Friday the independent nonprofit will be called Baptist Health Foundation Hardin.
The new name better connects the philanthropy and work of the organization to Baptist Health Hardin, the foundation’s statement said.
While the name changed, the board of directors, mission, vision and local impact remains the same, the release said. Specifically, all money the foundation raises will continue to be reinvested locally and decisions on projects funded will be made by the foundation’s local board.
“In six short years, our Board of Directors and generous donors raised nearly $7 million to enhance patient care,” foundation chairman Joe Prather said in the release. “Our region will see a new name, but the commitment of our independent foundation remains the same. Our board remains steadfast to doing the most we can for Baptist Health Hardin patients and to doing it locally.”
The name change comes six months after Baptist Health and Hardin County Government finalized the sale of Hardin Memorial Health, officially changing the health care system’s name to Baptist Health Hardin.
During this transition, the foundation board and leadership continued raising money for patient care. One of its recent accomplishments was a COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund to help hospital staff impacted by the pandemic.
“Each member of the Baptist Health Foundation Hardin Board works with passion to help us improve care,” Baptist Health Hardin President and CEO Dennis Johnson said in the release. “This foundation funded our region’s only fully operational Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, improved pediatric therapy and emergency care, started a pet therapy program, and expanded the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. Thankfully, they will continue to connect donors to important projects going forward.”
Mike Bowers, vice chairman of Baptist Health Foundation Hardin, noted that opportunities for donors abound with new and significant investments from Baptist Health.
“Baptist Health clearly values Hardin given their multi-million dollar commitment to fund the Epic electronic health record system and the facility developments planned in the next few years,” Bowers said in the release. “Because Baptist Health will make such significant investments in our health care system, our foundation can add extra benefits for patients and take advantage of the tremendous growth and momentum.”