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BMH Employees Raise Nearly $17, 000 For the Heart Association in Partnership with Hillary Gore

Boone Memorial Health (BMH) presented a check to the American Heart Association (AHA) on Thursday, March 16, 2023, following the conclusion of a company-wide employee fundraiser that launched last month in celebration of American Heart Month.

The fundraiser was held in conjunction with Mingo County High School student Hillary Gore, West Virginia’s first national Youth Ambassador for the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. Hillary is a survivor, having suffered a stroke at birth, which left her partially paralyzed on one side. As a Youth Heart Ambassador, Hillary is a voice for the AHA’s in-school initiatives, both locally and nationally, to encourage children to establish healthy habits.

To celebrate Hillary’s commitment and resilience, BMH employees quickly jumped on board to support Hillary and her platform through a friendly inter-departmental fundraising competition.

Hospital employees overwhelmingly exceeded expectations, more than tripling their initial goal of $2,500, to raise just under $8,500. To recognize their effort and generosity, BMH matched the employee donations dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total to nearly $17,000.

Boone Memorial Health CEO Virgil Underwood commended employees, saying, “The immense success of this AHA fundraiser illustrates the shared commitment of the entire BMH Family to improve the overall health of the communities we serve. BMH is proud to double their contribution toward the important goals that Hillary and the American heart Association are working to achieve.”

“We are constantly amazed at the generous nature of Hillary Gore, our state’s first ever Youth Heart Ambassador,” said Michelle Loehr, Executive Director for the American Heart Association. “And to see Boone Memorial Health step up to help her achieve her goals of helping fellow West Virginians by supporting our mission just reinforces the fact when a community comes together to do good, everyone wins!”

The winning departments in the BMH fundraising contest, based on total dollars raised, were:

· 1st Place: Radiology: $3,545

· 2nd Place: Medical Records/Referrals: $1,627

· 3rd Place: Inpatient Pharmacy: $1,425

BMH also recognized departmental fundraising efforts, based on dollars raised as a percentage of the number of people in the department. Those winners included:

· 1st Place: Cardiology

· 2nd Place: Inpatient Pharmacy

· 3rd Place: Radiology

Each winning department will receive a catered lunch. In addition, each member of the winning Radiology Department team will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

Special thanks to ALL BMH Departments who collected monetary donations:

- Administration

- Cardiology

- Credentialing

- Emergency

- Foundation/Marketing

- Inpatient Floor

- Inpatient Pharmacy

- Medical Records/Referrals

- Radiology

- Registration

- Respiratory/Cardiac Rehabilitation

Business/Individual Donors ($200 & Up):

- Thornhill: $1,000

- Casey Hager, MD: $500

- Mountain Laurel Coal: $500

- Eric Dotson, State Farm Insurance: $500

- Kuenzel Law: $500

- Joe Skeens, MD: $200

Other Individual & Business Donors:

- Lindsay Brown

- Terri Castle

- Victor Farmer

- Forest Hannah

- Four Seasons, Logan

- Ray Harrell

- Brency Huffman

- Brian Keith

- Cole Malcolm

- Kelley Howell Massey

- Gina Moore

- Hillbilly Hibachi (Food Truck)

- Melissa Price

- Karlie Belle Price

- Saved By Grace BBQ (Food Truck)

- Pajette Sigmon

- Joe Thompson

- Tic Toc Tire

- Virgil & Liz Underwood

- Ladie Viars

- Emily Wallace

- Shelia Webb

Thank you to all Raffle Donors:

- Accents & Gifts

- Blackhawk

- Cabela's

- Chick-Fil-A

- Funky Flamingo

- Gino's of Danville

- Giovanni's of Danville

- Gracie & Tate's

- Gourmet Granny

- Little's Café

- Mark Music, DVM

- Medical Records/Referral's Staff

- Pink Dahlia

- Radiology Department Staff

- SMB Designs

- Starbucks

- Thornhill

- Wendy's

- West Madison Grocery


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