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Joyce Taylor (center), along with her daughters Tammy Robertson (right) and Trudy Weatherley have made working at White County Medical Center a family tradition.
Honoring Mom for Mother's Day
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the White County Medical Foundation is providing a unique opportunity for individuals to honor mothers, grandmothers and other influential women through the Mother’s Day Tribute Program.
“We are celebrating family ties though this tribute program. Giving a tribute like this is a beautiful way to honor moms and carries a lot of meaning with it,” said Foundation Executive Director Cassandra Feltrop. “The mission of the Foundation is to provide support for White County Medical Center through purchasing the latest equipment and special projects that allow the hospital to enhance patient care. Gifts given through this program will benefit the Cancer Center of Excellence, which has been greatly enhancing cancer care for patients in our area since its opening last October.”
This is a Mother’s Day gift that will leave a legacy, Feltrop said. In lieu of flowers and candy, we hope people consider giving a Mother’s Day gift that will last a lifetime by giving to the Foundation. Gifts can be made in honor, or in loving memory, of mothers, grandmothers or any other influential women.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, the Foundation will run an ad in The Daily Citizen and the Three Rivers Edition to acknowledge gifts of $25 or more. To be included in the ad, gifts must be received by the Foundation Office by Monday, May 7. A letter will also be sent to the loved one(s) informing them of the gift in their honor.
A Family Tradition
Mothers are nurturing by nature and show a great deal of care and compassion toward their children much like healthcare workers tend to their patients. A handful of mother/daughter pairs have made working together at White County Medical Center a family tradition including Joyce Taylor and her daughters Trudy Weatherley and Tammy Robertson.
Trudy, a Medical Sonographer in the Radiology Department, was the first to join WCMC more than 14 years ago. She originally worked as an x-ray technician; then, as imaging technology in the department advanced, she pursued professional certification to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. In her position, Trudy performs ultrasounds on patients and is also responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the sonographic equipment.
Within days of starting her new job, a nursing position in the Operating Room was posted, and Trudy encouraged her mother to submit her resume. Joyce began working a couple months after Trudy; she will soon celebrate her 14th anniversary with the hospital. Nearly nine years later, Tammy joined the WCMC family as a Respiratory Therapist and now works part time in the Cardiopulmonary Department and also teaches at the UAMS-AHEC Batesville campus.
“I really enjoy working with the staff here; they are always welcoming to me no matter when I work,” Tammy said. “I miss working with them full-time, but they are wonderful to give my students hands-on training in the Cardiopulmonary Department. That has given me a good opportunity to keep in touch with them; also, I let them know about educational opportunities through my work as an instructor. Gary Turner (Director of the Cardiopulmonary Department) and Cindy Western (Education Coordinator in the Cardiopulmonary Department) are wonderful about providing the staff with continuing education avenues.”
“The hospital community is a lot like a family where associates take care of one another,” Trudy said. “There are several of us in the Radiology Department who have worked here at least 10 years and one lady had worked here 30+ years. That says a lot about the level of commitment our associates have to the hospital.”
“With our group in the OR, often times we spend more time with one another than we do with our own families,” Joyce added. “When someone needs help, we all pitch in and help out one another; that makes for a good work environment. People are friendly, the hospital is clean, nurses are nice to patients…it’s a good place.”
Commitment to Care
“We have chosen to work here and have our children here; we also recommend the hospital to family and friends,” Trudy said. “It says a lot about the care given at the hospital; it also says a lot about our confidence in the hospital. We like it here; I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
“The excellence of care provided by the associates at WCMC makes all the difference in the world when choosing a hospital facility,” Joyce added. “I am proud to say that our associates, from the nursing staff to the volunteers, are compassionate and empathetic. They show great care and concern for our patients as well as the patients’ families.”
When Joyce and Trudy joined the hospital in 1998, the facility was in the process of adding 74,000 square feet to encompass the north wing, or Moore Street entrance of the hospital. The hospital expanded again in 2002 when the South Tower was built, which added another 200,000 square feet to the front of the hospital. Throughout each expansion, WCMC continued to add and improve medical technology within the facility to better meet the needs of patients and healthcare concerns.
After experiencing the tremendous growth in the past 14 years, Joyce and Trudy know how important it is for the hospital to continue to stay current on the latest advances in medical technology in order to exceed patient expectations in providing excellent healthcare.
To ensure that the hospital will provide for the future growth and changing medical technology, the White County Medical Foundation was established in 1997. The Foundation contributes funding to purchase advanced medical equipment and special projects that enhance patient care.
As part of its commitment to excellence in patient care and keeping the community healthy, the Foundation is holding its annual Mother’s Day Tribute Program again this year in hopes of providing patients with the highest-quality healthcare available.
Giving from the Heart
Mothers give the gift of life and love; they are selfless and strong. If you are looking for just the right Mother’s Day gift and would like to participate in the Mother’s Day Tribute Program, please contact the White County Medical Foundation at (501) 278-3186 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL FOUNDATION
The White County Medical Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation that serves to provide support for White County Medical Center. Donations to the White County Medical Foundation provide WCMC with funding for renovations, state-of-the-art equipment and special projects to enhance patient care. The Foundation extends the mission of White County Medical Center to create a healthy community through medical excellence and compassionate care.