St. John's Foundation - Berryville Community Donation

October 4, 2010

In today’s economic times, community support is essential. There is a wonderful power that comes along with giving back to your community, and giving to those in need. St. John’s Hospital-Berryville is calling upon its community to give back in support of the “Redesigning Healthcare…Room by Room” campaign.

Two community families, Richard and Mary Lou Harp and Bill and Freddie Ray, have answered this call, coming together to sponsor a private room in memory of John Patrick Bishop, nephew of Richard and Mary Lou Harp.

“We decided to name the room after our nephew because he was such a strong, deliberate and remarkable person,” says Mary Lou. 

Richard Harp and Bill Ray have served on the hospital board together for over 18 years.

“We would do anything to help the hospital because it is critical to our community and we are so grateful to have it,” says Richard.

“We knew that this room would help a lot of people, and be very useful for the patients,” says Freddie Ray. “That is why my husband Bill and I decided to donate to the hospital and give back to our community.”

Richard and Bill currently serve on the Foundation Board, the Hospital Board and the  Capital Campaign Committee, campaigning for community support and fundraising for the renovation.

St. John’s Hospital-Berryville, originally built in 1969, is a 25-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility with a critical access designation and employs more than 200 co-workers. It operates as a dominant provider of health care in Carroll County and a service area, which includes Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.

For more information about ways to support this campaign or to learn more about giving/naming opportunities, contact Nicole Hoppel at 870.423.5245.

Background on the Campaign:

“Redesigning Healthcare…Room by Room” was officially kicked off in March, during the Foundation’s annual Black and White Charity Ball, and aims to renovate all 16 rooms on the medical/surgical floor of the hospital. Renovations include:

  • Updating patient beds
  • New chairs in all 16 rooms, for both patients and visitors
  • New room furnishings
  • New ceilings
  • New wall coverings
  • New flooring

“This is an ambitious campaign, and offers a unique opportunity to this community,” said Nicole Hoppel, Director for St. John’s Foundation-Berryville. “Through support of this campaign, St. John’s can strengthen the healthcare services available to residents of northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, while allowing donors an opportunity to create a lasting legacy as they touch the lives of family and friends from this point forward.”

Media Contacts

Sonya Kullmann
Berryville, Branson, Cassville, Lebanon, Mountain View, Rolla, Springfield, Aurora
Phone: 417-820-2426