Meade County businesswoman and community leader Tara Powers was unanimously voted in as the newest member of the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) Board of Directors. Powers joins the board of 24 regional leaders who work to strengthen HMH and fund breakthrough initiatives that improve the health of Central Kentuckians.
“We are thrilled and humbled to have Tara join our strong group of regional leaders,” said Joe Prather, HMHF Board Chairman. “She is an accomplished entrepreneur who demonstrates servant leadership in so many ways. HMH cares for so many patients from Meade County and Tara will be a great voice for them.”
Co-founder of Powers Paper Company and owner of two other businesses, Powers has called Meade County home since she was 7 years old. She and her husband Martin, a seventh-generation Meade County farmer, have four children and five grandchildren.
Tara and Martin are passionate about giving back in this region and beyond. They support local schools, the Meade Activity Center and regularly travel to Africa for mission work.
Powers said she sees her service on the HMH Foundation board as an opportunity to help improve the health of people throughout Central Kentucky.
“I have a deep conviction that when you sow into fertile ground, you reap rewards far greater than what can be seen,” said Powers. “HMH means so much more to this community than people may realize. HMH not only has a growing presence in Meade County, but so many people I know work at one of HMH’s 50+ locations or at the main hospital in Elizabethtown. HMH is important to patient care but it is also so important economically I want to do my part to help the healthcare system grow.”
Since re-established in 2015, the HMH Foundation has secured more than $3.3 million to improve patient care by helping fund the HMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a pediatric therapeutic playground, and 3D mammography.
Most recently, the Foundation invested $29,693 to construct, furnish and equip a new Cancer Resource Center located at the HMH Cancer Center. This new center will help cancer patients and their caregivers find information, support and items they need.