Left to right: Angie Tillman and Mandy Golleher of NPMC with Donna Kay Smith of the American Cancer Society of Garland County and Herrin receiving the trophy for top fundraiser on Thursday, October 23, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hot Springs during the 2015 Relay for Life Kickoff meeting. The meeting had a circus theme, since the 2015 Relay (Scheduled for May 29 at Bank of the Ozarks Arena) will be themed “Relay under the Big Top”.

(Hot Springs, AR)  October 24, 2014–  National Park Medical Center was recognized by the American Cancer Society Thursday for their dedication to the fight for a cure at both the local and state levels.  NPMC’s Relay for Life team raised more than $21,000 over the year-long fundraising period for this year’s event, making them the top ACS fundraiser in Garland County and in the Central Arkansas region.  They were also recognized as the runner up for the “Best Tent” at the Relay for Life event held in June, as well as 3rd place for most money raised on-site at the Relay.

“Our team works very hard every year to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society—but this year was a particularly motivating one for us here at NPMC,” said NPMC’s team captain, Pat Herrin.  National Park Medical Center lost 39-year employee, and Human Resources director, Sandra Culliver to cancer in July of 2013.  “This was the first year of relay since having lost Sandra.  She was—and still is—a major motivation for our team’s exemplary efforts for the ACS,” said Herrin.  “Her strength, will to live, and refusal to let cancer take over her life gave us a constant reminder of why we are fighting for a cure, and the daily research, advocacy and programming that the ACS provides is a very worthy cause of our time and our efforts.”

National Park Medical Center’s fundraising efforts are more than just hospital-wide —they are more of a community undertaking.  This year marked the 26th Annual Daffodil Days, where NPMC staff sold and delivered daffodil orders all around town—and sold daffodils at Oaklawn Park for race-goers.  It was also the 12th Annual NPMC Easter Basket Silent Auction, where community businesses, individuals and organizations, as well as NPMC employees and vendors, donate items for a day-long silent auction which benefits the American Cancer Society.  The team also hosted two large yard sales, multiple bake sales, a jeans day at the hospital, a 31-gifts fundraiser, and spring flowers sales all to benefit the ACS.  A portion of their team t-shirt sales went to the cause, and they donated silent auction items to the ACS Gala in August to further benefit the society.  “We are always looking for new and different ideas to benefit the cause.  Our first fundraiser for this year is actually scheduled for this Friday—our decorated pumpkin silent auction will be from 11 am to 4 pm on Halloween in the cafeteria at NPMC.”

“It’s a passion for us,” said Herrin.  “Obviously we work in a field where we see the impact of cancer daily.  But many of our core team members are non-clinical employees—and I think that’s because we want to be able to make a difference for those patients as well.  It’s a lot of work.  But on the night of Relay when we see the track surrounded by luminaries—each representing a person who has so personally fought the fight—and when we watch the survivors lap and the caregivers lap—it’s more than worth all of our time, efforts and dollars spent to help find a cure.

About National Park Medical Center

National Park Medical Center is a full service, 166-bed, acute care facility located at 1910 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. Providing care to the surrounding five-county area since 1954, NPMC is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the state of Arkansas and approved for the acceptance of Medicare Patients.  NPMC is a part of Capella Healthcare, which partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for high quality patient care and excellent service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 13 general acute-care hospitals in seven states. With the philosophy that all healthcare is local, Capella collaborates with each hospital’s medical staff, board and community leadership to take care to the next level. The company has access to significant leadership and financial resources, reinvesting 100% of net cash flow into its family of hospitals to strengthen and expand services and facilities.  For additional information on the hospital, contact the marketing office at (501) 620-2705 or visit the website at www.nationalparkmedical.com.