Above and Beyond
Rising Above, Together
After a difficult year for all of us, the light over the horizon is growing brighter every day as we continue to work to put the pandemic behind us. We would not be here if not for the care, compassion and generosity you showed all year for your colleagues, friends, family and patients. As we continue reuniting with our vaccinated family and friends, the need for financial assistance and health care resources remains for many of our team members, patients and those in the communities we serve.
You provide the lift
You are the reason our Above and Beyond campaigns are so successful year after year. Thanks to you and your generosity last year, more than $1.3 million in financial assistance was distributed from our COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund to more than 3,000 of our fellow Baptist team members. Because of you, more than 6,600 grief sessions for children and adults were able to continue virtually in a year when the need was so great. You also helped provide COVID testing, treatment and vaccines to thousands of homeless individuals through our Baptist Operation Outreach mobile health care unit, and so much more.
We are always at our best when we are lifting others up, so we can all rise above together. If you can, please give generously to this year’s Above and Beyond campaign and let’s continue to lift each other up. Thank you.
Why We Give
What motivates someone to give to the Baptist Foundation? Well, the answers are as varied as the people who donate. This video features a Baptist team member sharing why they give and, perhaps, why you should consider doing the same.
Every year, we are excited and grateful to highlight our most important work. Throughout 2020, Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation made significant strides toward connecting and healing lives. The information below reflects how the generosity of our donors has driven our success this past year.
Baptist Heart Institute Fund
Thanks to you, we were able to purchase three additional Extra Corporeal Membrane, or ECMO, devices for patients at our Baptist Heart Institute for $162,000. These are typically used for advanced heart and respiratory failure, but during the COVID-19 pandemic they have been used as the treatment of last resort for critically ill COVID patients.
North Mississippi Internal Medicine Residency Program
Your generous contributions during our Above and Beyond campaign play a significant part in our ability to apply for and win grants and funds from other sources, including a grant of $749,999 to support Baptist North Mississippi’s Internal Medicine Residence Program that provides essential hands-on training, advanced education, and professional mentorships to future doctors.
Your gift truly counts! Each year by demonstrating the impact of all our Baptist team members’ contributions and generosity, the Foundation is able to successfully apply for additional grants and funds from other sources, including a $200,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to develop a consortium of community organizations to address addiction problems in Tipton, Carroll and Obion counties in West Tennessee.
Baptist Operation Outreach
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to support Baptist Operation Outreach’s efforts as they worked with City of Memphis at the onset of pandemic to secure shelter for the homeless and provide virtual medical visits and courier prescriptions to numerous shelters. Baptist Operation Outreach also worked with Christ Community Health Service to provide access to COVID-19 vaccinations and assisted with testing and vaccines for street homeless, sheltered, and evicted families. Also secured a COVID-19 relief grant to provide PPE to the agencies and shelters that serve the homeless community.
Friends of Nursing
The Friends of Nursing Fund is funded by employees, grateful patients, and memorial gifts to provided financial assistance, continuing education, and professional development opportunities to Baptist nurses. Last year the Fund helped 25 nurses attend important conferences and seminars, including the Mississippi Perinatal Collaborative and Tennessee Hospital Association virtual conferences.
The Fund also helped offset the cost of receiving online certifications for 38 nurses to help them expand their knowledge and capabilities, and enhance their career opportunities.
Baptist Centers for Good Grief
The Centers for Good Grief remained open during the pandemic and provided more than 6,600 virtual counseling sessions from our centers in Collierville and Memphis, TN and Jonesboro, AR. The Centers for Good Grief also expanded its social media presence, launched a monthly newsletter, and provided and hosted virtual support groups, monthly seminars and a Virtual Camp Good Grief.
COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund
Baptist’s team members donated generously to the Baptist Foundation for the COVID-19 Employee Assistance Fund in April 2020 to benefit employees whose lives were impacted by the pandemic.
- $1,385,950 was distributed to 3,027 employees.
- 749 paid time off (PTO) hours were donated by Baptist team members.
- $15,220.47 was donated to the fund from the public through Baptist’s Coronavirus Resource Center webpage.
Employee Emergency Assistance Fund
Your contributions allowed us to distribute $90,780 in cash, services and support to 192 employees in 2020.
We distributed $33,263 in cash, services and support to 274 discharged patients in need to help them purchase medicines, home medical devices, transportation and other necessities after returning home from the hospital.
Baptist Health Sciences University
Baptist College of Health Sciences was renamed Baptist Health Sciences University in August 2020. In addition, 202 scholarships were awarded to students during the 2020-21 academic year.