Baptist Health Richmond recently welcomed first-grade students from around the county to the hospital its Teddy Bear Fair.

According to Baptist Health's Sara Stringfield, the fair is an educational opportunity for the hospital to partner with Madison County Schools. She said students in first grade attend to tour the hospital, learn about different departments and jobs at the hospital, ask questions about visiting the hospital and also get to meet first responders and learn about their vehicles and equipment.

"Our goal is to provide students the opportunity to ask questions about visiting the hospital, so they feel more comfortable if they or a loved one have to come to the hospital when they're sick," said Stringfield, marketing coordinator for Baptist Health Richmond. "We know it can be scary to come to the hospital when they're little, but we want them to know they're safe and are being provided the best care to help make them well."

All students receive an Erica Bear at the end of the tour, sponsored by the Erica Bear Foundation through the Baptist Health Foundation Richmond.

"I would like to give a big thank you to the first responders who partnered with us to make the event a success -- City of Richmond Police and Fire Departments, Kentucky State Police Post 7, Air Methods and the Madison County EMS," Stringfield said.

Saint Joseph Berea Foundation announces new board members

Saint Joseph Berea Foundation is proud to announce its new board of directors. The board will continue to lead philanthropic initiatives benefiting Saint Joseph Berea's outstanding facilities and services, according to a press release.

Board members are Chair Wendy Hechemy, Vice Chair David Gregory, Secretary Janel Lakes Davenport, Treasurer Danny Miller, Mark Carl, Mark Catron, Jake Duerson, Mike Hogg, Brad Hylton, Robbie Little, David Mayo, Stephanie Moore, Greg Powell, Keith Riley, Sandra Rose, Foundation President Leslie Smart, CFRE, Reagan Taylor and Saint Joseph Berea President John C. Yanes.

"Each member of the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation board brings a set of unique strengths that will greatly benefit the foundation and its associated hospital," Smart said.

Foundation board members assist with organizational planning, monitoring and managing financial resources, assessing and developing skills, serving on committees, recruiting new board members and advocating on behalf of the foundation.

'Happiness Speaker' keynotes Networking Event

Nationally known speaker and best-selling author Kim Hodous is keynote speaker for the Celebrating Success networking event at Churchill's in Berea on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m. Kentucky Networking Connections, whose membership is primarily small business owners from Madison, Clark and Estill counties, is event organizer.

Hodous is known as the "Happiness Speaker" based on her belief that "happy people make good things happen." She will share her innovative ideas on business and life success drawn from her experience of taking a kitchen-table hobby and turning it into a seven-figure business. The most recent of her three best-selling books is "Show Up, Be Bold, Play Big: 33 Strategies for Outrageous Success and Lasting Happiness." She speaks to hundreds of organizations and companies each year from her home base in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The event features a catered dinner, dynamic speaker and opportunity to meet and network with a diverse group of business professionals and community leaders. The cost is $65 dollars for one ticket. A table for eight is available for only $500 dollars plus a quarter page ad for free. For tickets and additional information, log on to

Churchill's is a spacious event facility located in the historic building where Churchill Weavers produced hand-woven woolen goods for 85 years. The address is 100 Churchill Court in Berea.

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