Two teams at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) were recently recognized with Diamond Awards at the Arkansas Hospital Association’s annual meeting.
The NARMC Marketing team’s award recognized their ongoing Community Impact Campaign in the Advertising – Total Campaign category. The North Arkansas Medical Foundation, the fundraising arm of NARMC, was honored in the Foundation category for the Queen of Hearts Masquerade gala.
The awards were presented during the Arkansas Hospital Association’s 88th Annual Awards Dinner, which was held in Little Rock on October 4. For more than 20 years, the Diamond Awards program has recognized excellence and encouraged improvement in the quality, effectiveness and impact of health care marketing and public relations in the state of Arkansas. While the program is open to all AHA member hospitals, only one entry per category and hospital size is selected for the highest honor of the Diamond Award.
“Our marketing team has worked diligently for the last year to show the value of NARMC to the community through the impact of jobs and salaries, support of local businesses, charitable care and the medical services provided,” explained Martha Hendrix, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communication. “I am exceedingly proud of Spree Hilliard and Jessica Kibling and the work that we have accomplished together.”
In addition, the Marketing team earned Certificates of Excellence for their entries in the special visuals, writing and special event categories.
The North Arkansas Medical Foundation’s Queen of Hearts Masquerade gala was held in March 2017 and raised more than $58,000 to support the hospital’s needs. The Foundation raises funds to purchase much needed medical equipment, expand patient treatment areas and more.
“This is our second Diamond Award in two years, and it is a wonderful honor for our Foundation,” said Kim Rosson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our galas are very successful and continue to grow every year. I am proud to organize such a fun event for our community.”
Volunteer Auxiliary Earns 5 Stars; Members Appointed to District Leadership
The Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association (AHAA) held their annual meeting in conjunction with the AHA meeting. The NARMC Volunteer Auxiliary earn a 5-star Award of Excellence once again this year for the efforts throughout the year to grow the Auxiliary and support the hospital. To earn the maximum of 5 stars, the auxiliary had to earn more than 351 points for activities such as sending delegates to the convention, publishing a newsletter, initiating a service project, increasing service hours and more.
Two NARMC Auxiliary volunteers were elected to leadership roles within the Northwest District of the AHAA. Carol Evans was named as District Chair. Carol has been an Auxiliary volunteer since January 2008 and has served more than 3,900 accumulated hours. As district chair, she will be responsible for leading the district to function under the AHAA bylaws, advise established auxiliaries, conduct elections of district officers and district meetings, serve on the State Projects Committee, and work with Auxiliary presidents and coordinators in the district.
Mary Pledger is serving as the District Treasurer. Mary has accumulated more that 20,700 hours of volunteer time since she joined the Auxiliary in October 1995. As district treasure, her duties include keeping the financial records for the district, tracking and collecting membership dues, and attending all district and state meetings.
“We are very proud of both Carol and Mary for taking on these leadership roles in our district of AHAA. They and of the NARMC Auxiliary for receiving the Five Star Award consistently for the services provided both to the hospital and to our community,” Sam Kekaha, President of the NARMC Auxiliary.