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Baptist Foundation News

COVID-19

Perhaps one of the Foundation’s greatest achievements in the past year was the awarding of COVID-19 Employee Assistance to 3,027 Baptist team members across the system who were experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic. We were able to provide a total of $1,385,955 to our colleagues in need from contributions made by leadership, Baptist employees and donors like you who wanted to make a difference at this critical time.

Since March 2020, Baptist has performed more than 400,000 COVID-19 tests, we have cared for more than 4,750 in our hospitals who were diagnosed with COVID-19, and we are the only hospital in the region to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation equipment, or ECMO, to treat patients with significant lung damage from COVID-19. The ECMO equipment was purchased with fundraising dollars and has saved countless lives.

Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine

We were able to establish a new Center of Excellence in Addiction Medicine that includes the area’s only fellowship-trained and board-certified addiction medicine specialists that are available to our patients who suffer from substance and alcohol use disorders.

The Cottage – A Center for Good Grief Expansion

The Cottage is a new building that will allow for the expansion of the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief and provide expanded programming and activities to support children, teens and adults who have lost significant loved ones. Groundbreaking took place in late 2022, with completion anticipated in early 2023.

We hope you’ll join us for our Grand Opening Celebration! After all, you made it possible through your generosity. Your support makes possible all of the free grief services and family assistance programs provided by the Kemmons Wilson Center for Good Grief. You can make an additional gift in support of The Cottage and our ability to serve more families throughout the Mid-South by visiting our website at baptistgriefcenters.org.

A look back at 2021 

Baptist Operation Outreach COVID Programs

  • Worked with City of Memphis at beginning of pandemic to secure shelter for homeless.
  • Worked with Christ Community Health Service to provide access to testing and vaccine for street homeless, sheltered, and evicted families.

Friends of Nursing

  • 65 nurses attended virtual conferences.
  • 39 nurses received on-line certifications.

Baptist Centers for Good Grief

  • Provided a total of 7,000 virtual counseling sessions via centers in Collierville, NEA and Milla’s House.
  • Expanded social media presence, launched a monthly newsletter, provided virtual support groups and monthly seminars.

Employee Emergency Assistance Fund

Assisted 283 employees in the system at a cost of $128,789.

Metro Patient Assistance

Assisted 263 patients at a cost of $31,867.

Baptist University

241 scholarships awarded during the 2021-22 academic totaling over $710,000.

Disaster Relief for Tornado Victims

Over $5,500 was raised, matched and directed to the Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross, to help bring relief to the communities affected by the tornadoes on December 10-11, 2021 in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.