A letter from our Chairman:
Dear Fellow Community Members,
As the new Chairman of the Barton Foundation, I look forward to the challenges of the coming year. It is with some trepidation that we look toward the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the many challenges that it represents for Barton Health and our community.
While many in our community will benefit from having affordable healthcare, how that will affect our rural hospital remains to be seen. Each day we learn something new, and we won’t know the full effect of healthcare reform for years to come.
As Chairman of the Barton Foundation, it is my job to assist the Hospital in improving the quality of healthcare available to our community. One of the Foundation’s primary roles is that of a fund raiser for Barton Health, our vision statement is;
"To positively impact the health of everyone in our community by providing the financial resources necessary to fulfill Barton Health’s mission”
This coming year, I think we will have another role that may be just as important, if not more; and that is to help educate our community about how to better access care and how to improve their overall health. Basically, we need to move the emphasis in this country (not just this community) from curing disease to preventing it from happening altogether.
The most affordable healthcare program available today is prevention and early detection. As the new Chairman of Barton Foundation I am committing myself to getting this message out to the community. I welcome you to our board and I look forward to working toward achieving our mission together; to “inspire philanthropy for the health of our community”.
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