Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation held a benefit on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the MEC Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. This was the third event for the Foundation, (held every other year) with the theme “Generations of Stars.” About 230 people attended.
The event included dinner prepared by Ivory Grille and served by volunteer SFCC nursing students. There was a tribute of patient testimonials for Dr. Abe Azan, an OB/GYN physician who has practiced in Sedalia for more than 30 years. Dr. Azan will retire from Bothwell OB/GYN Associates in December.
Lockett’s Fig Leaf was also recognized for a fund-raising luncheon held this summer to raise money to redecorate pediatric rooms, Dugan’s Paint & Flooring for its second annual Let’s Decorate for a Cure event that raises money for the Foundation’s Gene Loveall Cancer Services Fund, and the Beykirch family for a substantial donation to honor their parents Bob and Dorothy Beykirch. We are naming the Labor/Delivery area of the Women’s Health Unit the Beykirch Birthing Center.
The auction gave attendees the opportunity to support improvements in local health care for women and children. Items sold at the auction included a new system for newborn hearing screenings. Each baby born at Bothwell receives a hearing screening that measures response by brainwaves.
A buying group consisting of Ron Ditzfeld, Gary McMullin, Mike Brown, Dave Henderson and Don Weaver contributed $10,000 toward the purchase of the new equipment.
Other items purchased by donors included a dozen new bassinets for the Nursery, a blanket-warming cabinet that provides warm blankets for women after surgery and delivery, and four neonatal transilluminators, which help nurses and doctors locate tiny veins more easily for starting IVs in newborns. The transilluminators will be used in the Nursery, Surgery, Pediatrics and the Emergency Department.
The Foundation also had a bra auction of bras decorated for a Moore’s Greenhouse and Flower Shops promotion during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Auctioneers for the event were Dave Henderson and Dick Hutchison.
Early estimates are that at least $100,000 was raised for local health-care services, including new equipment for women’s and children’s health. It was the most successful Bothwell Foundation event to date in terms of dollars raised.
“I was incredibly humbled by the community’s support of this benefit. These are dollars that stay right here in this area, making health care better for our own families, neighbors and friends,” said Lisa Church, executive director, Foundation & Communications, Bothwell Regional Health Center. Photos submitted.