Source: The News-Enterprise
Hardin Memorial Health Foundation board member Mimi Hornback presented a check Tuesday to the organization in gratitude for the care her late husband received at the hospital.
Lamonte Hornback, who was 90 when he died in June, spent several weeks in the hospital. Mimi said the Intensive Care Unit team members and doctors provided more than just care – they gave “exceptional care.”
“They made a very difficult time for him more bearable,” Mimi said.
Because of that care, Mimi presented the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation a $20,000 check to go toward assisting future patients with their recovery and comfort.
“A lot of times, we as a patient or a family, we don’t show our appreciation too easily. I want this to hopefully inspire other grateful families to give to this hospital,” she said. “Because the hospital needs all of our help, regardless of the name. … Whether it is Baptist or Hardin Memorial Health, it is our hospital and we’ll all need the care sometime.”
Baptist Healthcare Systems, which has managed HMH for several years, agreed in May 2018 to purchase HMH and its properties. The deal has been delayed in court by a lawsuit by Dr. Larry Hall to halt the sale.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the foundation was Chairman Joe Prather, who knew Lamonte for several years and worked alongside him on industrial development issues.
“He is a person who made a mark on this community that few others have made,” he said, calling Lamonte a pillar to the community. “The mark that he has made will continue for generations to come and for that I am eternally grateful.”
Prather, who received care in the ICU in 2010, said the grateful patient contribution Mimi made in memory of Lamonte was especially meaningful to him.
Prather said Mimi’s donation, and others like hers, “means even better things for what we are trying to accomplish here at Hardin Memorial.”