El Dorado, AR (April 6, 2023) – South Arkansas Regional Hospital (SARH) recently announced it is the new hospital entity, previously called Medical Center of Arkansas. Through the collaboration of SHARE Foundation, Murphy USA, Murphy Foundation, and AR Health Ventures (a nonprofit entity associated with UAMS), the new nonprofit hospital was formed with the aspirations of expanding and upgrading healthcare in South Arkansas.
SARH wants South Arkansas to trust in its healthcare and have confidence in their local hospital by striving to provide exceptional care. They believe community investment and support is the key to making that happen. Therefore, SHARE Foundation has created a new supportive-foundation called South Arkansas Regional Hospital (SARH) Foundation to support fundraising and development efforts for all hospital programs and medical services.
SARH Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support South Arkansas Regional Hospital initiatives and to purchase priority medical equipment that maintains and improves the quality of care for patients. Therefore, all funds raised by SARH Foundation will be used exclusively to support the new hospital and will come through employee/ board giving, capital campaigns, fundraisers, golf tournaments, planned giving, corporate giving, etc. The new foundation will be managed under the umbrella of the existing SHARE Foundation.
Overseeing and managing the foundation will be Debbie Watts, Executive Director, and Amy Sturdivant, Director of Mission Support. Their first tasks will be to build the SARH Foundation Advisory Board of local community members and begin a capital fundraising campaign.
Dr. Brian Jones, the President/CEO of SHARE Foundation, said, “Significant funds were used both to purchase the hospital and invest in its future. However, in order to achieve the level of services and care that we optimally want to provide, SARH will need substantial funding for modern equipment and service expansions. We encourage donors to contact the new foundation to make donations to support this cause. South Arkansas deserves only the best, and we want to ensure they receive it.”
SARH Foundation’s first campaign is to raise $12 Million over the next three to five years to begin making equipment upgrades as quickly as possible to advance healthcare and services. Much equipment is dated 7-14 years old and needs to be replaced with more modern versions, such as 3-D Mammography, Cath Lab, Open MRI and Closed MRI, Cardiac Monitoring Equipment, Ultrasound Systems, Anesthesia Machine, MEPF Systems Replacement, and numerous facilities upgrades.
SARH Foundation is already accepting secure donations. Debbie and Amy can be contacted at the SHARE Foundation at 870-881-9015, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org. The SARH Foundation’s website is under development and can soon be visited at sarhfoundation.org. SARH Foundation looks forward to serving the new hospital and building strong and lasting relationships with the community.