2020 has been an exciting year for South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel. The health system celebrated the opening of a new emergency department, a medical office complex, and a new rehabilitation and wellness facility. The completion of the $33 million project will benefit the residents of Jones County and surrounding counties for many years to come. As a leader in healthcare for the community, South Central Regional Medical Center understands the importance of providing services to those who need it most.
The South Central Health Care Foundation’s primary purpose is to improve the health of the community. Over the last year, hundreds of area residents have participated in free programs offered through the South Central Health Care Foundation and lives have been saved as a result of the initiatives.
Becky Collins, Executive Director of South Central Health Care Foundation, explains, “The cost of health screenings can be expensive for individuals, however South Central Health Care Foundation offers services free of charge because of contributions made at the Art of Healing and other foundation events. The South Central Health Care Foundation invests thousands of dollars into the health of the community annually.”
The South Central Health Care Foundation provides screenings for hypertension, body mass index, grip strength, balance, vision, hearing, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, depression, diabetes, sleep apnea, and other conditions. In addition to health screenings, health education resources, support services, and other needs are provided through South Central’s Foundation.
The Art of Healing is an annual auction and social event that serves as the main fundraiser for the South Central Health Care Foundation. It has become one of the most anticipated events in South Central Mississippi that features art donated by artists from around the country.
The 2020 event will feature a silent and live auction that consists of woodwork; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; handmade jewelry, and more. Along with art, items have been donated by businesses and individuals, such as specialty dinners, vacations, skincare products, handbags, photography sessions, and more.
"Last year, our guests thoroughly enjoyed the music, the food, and an evening of dancing. The band, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, was so much fun for those attending that we were asked to bring the band back again,” Collins said. “Their music is the perfect mixture for guests of all ages.” The band will keep all guests entertained with music from the 70s and 80s to current day with their performance until 11 pm.
“The Art of Healing serves as the largest fundraiser of the South Central Health Care Foundation. The proceeds from the event, as well as financial contributions made during other foundation fundraisers, contribute to the cost of community health projects. Over the years, thousands of local citizens have participated in wellness initiatives coordinated and funded by the foundation,” Collins said. “Early detection of disease is key. As a result of our efforts, health conditions have been found early and lives have been saved.”
Almost everyone has been touched by an illness in some way—through a family member, co-worker, or friend. “The goal of this event is not only to raise funds to support community health screenings and community outreach initiatives, but also to educate the community about how illness has affected many that live here,” said Collins. “Our community is always very generous to support their neighbors, so our hope is to have another successful fundraiser for the South Central Health Care Foundation.”
The event has grown each year, and event planners are expecting another large crowd this year. “Tickets are $45 each. I encourage you to get your tickets early by visiting scrmc.com
,” Collins said. “We are going to have a great time.”
The 2020 event is set for Saturday, March 21, and will begin at 7 pm. The event will feature a silent auction, a live auction, a large array of food, a cash bar, live music by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, and much more. "The 2020 Art of Healing will be a night to remember and we hope you are there to celebrate. The dress for the evening is cocktail attire. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit scrmc.com
or call 601-399-0503. The event will be held at The Gables at 1919 Bush Dairy Road in Laurel."
Collins concluded by saying, “The Art of Healing would not be possible without contributions from numerous community partners and donations made by artists and others who contribute to the event. We sincerely appreciate their support and help.”
Community Partners for the 2020 Art of Healing:
BancorpSouth | Blakeney Communications | Brian Ginn - State Farm | Burson, Entrekin, Orr, Mitchell, Lacey PA | Carr, Riggs & Ingram | Cerner | City of Laurel | Community Bank | ENT Surgical Clinic | Horne LLP | Howard Industries | IMPACT | John David Jefcoat - State Farm | Jones County Chamber of Commerce | Laurel Cancer Care | Laurel Leader-Call | Magnolia State Bank | Mississippi Power | Mutual of America | Radiology Associates, PA | Southern Advantage Inc. | The First ANBA | The Gables | WHLT
South Central Health Care Foundation is dedicated to offering quality healthcare services and education to our community. Established in 1992, the Foundation’s purpose is to inspire charitable giving that advances South Central Regional Medical Center’s pursuit of excellence in serving patients and their families. South Central Health Care Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization allowing contributions to be tax deductible.
South Central Health Care Foundation donors are making a measurable difference in the lives of our patients. Funds raised through the Foundation aid in offering the following health initiatives and educational services: Alzheimer’s Memorial Fund • Be Your Best Self Mobile Classroom • Behavioral Health Patient Education Resources • Carri S. Broussard Memorial Fund • Child Birth Education Classes • Comfort Care Hospice Patients • Community Health Education • Community Health Screenings • Community Lunch and Learns • Community Support Groups • Extra Ordinary Kids • Maternal Child Educational Resources • Sibling Classes • Teens Getting Involved for the Future
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