March 15 2005 - TMFHS ANNOUNCES NEW WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S BOARD

Press Release - March 15, 2005
TMFHS ANNOUNCES NEW WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S BOARD

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2005

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES HEALTH SYSTEM FORMS WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S BOARD

New Board To Benefit Trinity Mother Frances Health System Foundation Center for Health Care Philanthropy Efforts


TYLER, TX – Today, Trinity Mother Frances Health System officials announced the formation of the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Women’s and Children’s Board, a fundraising arm of the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Foundation Center for Health Care Philanthropy. The Board’s vision is to raise awareness and support for women and children’s health care services provided by Trinity Mother Frances Health System, including the FamilyCARE Center-OB and Pediatric Clinics.

“Our new Board’s mission is raise private funds to enhance the women’s and children’s services provided by Trinity Mother Frances Health System,” said Beverly Mason, vice president, Trinity Mother Frances Health System Foundation Center for Health Care Philanthropy. “Since 1993, every indicator of outcomes for mothers and babies in Smith County has dramatically improved and is now better than statewide averages because of treatment available through the Trinity Mother Frances FamilyCARE Centers. The number of mothers without prenatal care in Smith County has declined 12 percent, and the neonatal mortality rate has been cut in half. We are excited about the potential for additional medical services through the efforts of the Women’s and Children’s Board.”

Mary Lauren Faulkner is the Women’s and Children’s Board Chairman. Board members include Barbara Bass, Susan Bergfeld, Judy Fernandez, Lisha Holcomb, Amy Lyons, Cynthia Mills, Mary Navetta, Bonnie Palmer, Linda Rowe, Terri Smith and Carrie White.

"We will be introducing new ways for the community to help address the numerous issues of providing quality health care for our women and children,” said Mary Lauren Faulkner, Chairman, Trinity Mother Frances Women’s and Children’s Board. “We invite people who want to invest their gifts in health care to join us in making a difference for the present and future of those served by the Trinity Mother Frances Health System. It is amazing what can be accomplished through giving.”

Mother Frances Hospital has provided care to the community since opening in 1937. The Hospital is named after Mother Frances Siedliska, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth still have an active role in Hospital and Health System operations.

Donations to the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Foundation are encouraged as a way for individuals, families and businesses to invest in life and become personally involved in meeting the needs of those served by Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

For more information, call the Trinity Mother Frances Health System Foundation office at (903) 531-4752.

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