Debutantes Present Gift to Advocacy Center

January 13, 2012

Pictured are (from left) Kristine Blocker,

Hot Springs Debutante Coterie board

member and treasurer; Laura Gehrki, sponsor,

Courtney Hollansworth, debutante;

Shannon Ahlbrandt and Stacy Hudgens,

sponsors; Janice McCutcheon,

Cooper-Anthony Mercy

Child Advocacy Center Director and Amy

Whorton, nurse examiner.

The Hot Springs Debutante Coterie presented the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center at St. Joseph’s Mercy a check for $2,000 on Jan. 13.

The contribution comes from friends, family members and community members who attended or donated to the 66th Annual Red Rose Presentation and Charity Ball in December. In addition, the debutantes also volunteered with a workday at the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.

Debutante Courtney Hollansworth presented the check to Janice McCutcheon, director of the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center is an Accredited Member with the National Children’s Alliance. It is Arkansas’ first hospital-based facility for child abuse and neglect and was founded by St. Joseph’s Mercy in 2003 after it was learned Garland County was part of one of Arkansas’ top three judicial districts in the filing of child maltreatment reports. The center is dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. In 2012, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

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