Honoring Mom for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day approaching, the White County Medical Foundation has established its giving program to honor mothers, grandmothers and other women who have had a strong presence in the lives of community members.

“We celebrate family through donations to the Foundation, especially around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. 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. This year, gifts given to the Foundation for Mother’s Day will benefit the New Life Center at our hospital.”

“This is a Mother’s Day gift that will leave a legacy,” Feltrop said. In lieu of a flowers or chocolate, 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 special women. On Mother’s Day, the Foundation will publish an ad in local newspapers to acknowledge all gifts of $25 or more that are received in the Foundation Office by Friday, May 3. 

The White County Medical Foundation was established in 1997 to ensure that the hospital will provide for the future growth and changing medical technology. The Foundation contributes funding to purchase advanced medical equipment and special projects that enhance patient care. 

In its commitment to excellence in patient care and keeping the community healthy, the Foundation continuously encourages community members to show support for the hospital to provide patients with the highest-quality healthcare available.

Special Delivery
Caring for expectant mothers while they anxiously await the birth of their baby is one reason New Life Center Nurse Kelly King, RN, loves her job.

“Witnessing the birth of a new baby truly is a miracle,” she said. “I love every aspect of being a New Life Center nurse, from being with the babies in the nursery to helping the mothers with postpartum care, but being with the mothers during labor and delivery is my favorite.”

King said the path to becoming a labor and delivery nurse chose her. While in nursing school, she worked as an LPN at Clearview, WCMC’s geriatric behavioral health unit, when a New Life Center nurse invited King to do more in-depth training with mothers and babies through the preceptor/mentor program. 

She fell in love with caring for expectant mothers and applied for the first open position in the New Life Center after becoming a Registered Nurse. King was hired in December 2005 and has enjoyed caring for patients in the New Life Center ever since.

A Family Tradition
The only girl of five children – all born at WCMC – King said she was more of a ‘Daddy’s girl’ growing up, but her inspiration to pursue a nursing career came directly from her mom. 

“I watched my mom work here as a nurse for years,” King said. “Anyone who has met my mom knows what a compassionate person she is and a great nurse, too! She is so caring and goes the extra mile to help her patients, and I want to follow her example.”

Now, as a mother of three, King knows first-hand the anticipation and excitement that new life brings to a family. She and her husband Justin, who is also an RN and works in the WCMC Emergency Department, welcomed the arrival of each child at WCMC. Their sons Weston, 6; Ian, 3; and Miles, 9 months, were all born near family and among friends in the New Life Center.

“I love the sense of community we have here,” she said. “We often have the opportunity to care for friends from high school, members of our church family and ladies we work with here at the hospital, so that’s neat. We have such a caring and compassionate group of nurses here; we always want the best experience for our patients. We may have a smaller hospital than those in Little Rock, but we have a bigger heart.”  

“The babies born here at our hospital represent the future of our community,” King said. “This campaign that the Foundation is doing is important to me because it will benefit our hospital and our community. The New Life Center at our hospital is a great place to deliver a baby and start a new family, or even add to your family!”

Commitment to Care
The Foundation first announced the “Miracles Happen Every Day” campaign to benefit the New Life Center to WCMC associates and volunteers with great success as hundreds joined the PEP Club to support the project. The PEP Club is a committee of the Foundation that is comprised of both WCMC associates and Auxiliary members who donate funds to the Foundation to provide the hospital with funding for renovations, state-of-the-art equipment and special projects to enhance patient care. 

“New life is cause for celebration, and we are grateful for the support from our White County Medical Center family. In addition to caring for our patients, our associates also have a vision for the future of healthcare in this region,” said Cassandra Feltrop, Executive Director of the White County Medical Foundation. “We are truly blessed to have this support to be able to continue bringing quality patient care and advancements in healthcare to our patients. Now, we are excited for the community to join us in these wonderful developments that will benefit mothers and babies, as well as their families, in our New Life Center.”

Giving from the Heart
In its first campaign, the Foundation raised funds to help build the Cancer Center of Excellence, and the PEP Club also has raised funds to purchase a new transportation van for WCMC and its clinics. 

The White County Medical Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit corporation that serves to provide support for WCMC. Donations to the 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 the hospital to create a healthy community through medical excellence and compassionate care.

Mothers are nurturing, loving and compassionate in caring for their families and children. If you are looking for just the right Mother’s Day gift, please contact the White County Medical Foundation at (501) 278-3191 or via e-mail atfoundation@wcmc.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.