Karlie Belle Price For The Coal Valley News
November 19, 2013
MADISON — Boone Memorial Hospital held its second Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic and Veteran’s Day Tribute on November 11th.
“Two years ago one of our doctors, James Walker, suggested we do an event to recognize military personnel on Veteran’s Day. Since we already hold an annual Drive Thru Flu Shot Clinic, which we started several years ago our CEO Tommy Mullins thought it was a good idea to combine both events,” explained Marketing and Public Relations Director Karlie Price.
“We offered free shots to all Veterans and Military Personnel – those active, retired or honorably discharged. For everyone else the fee was $20.00. We felt this would be a nice way to thank our Veterans for their service,” said Mullins.
The Clinic was held at the Madison Funeral home thanks to cooperation and support from the Handley family. Forty-one total shots were given, twenty-eight of those being Veterans. The hospital served cake, punch, hot chocolate and coffee and gave out American flags and patriotic ink pens. The Veterans also received an American Flag lapel pin and a Certificate of Appreciation.
Boone Memorial Hospital nurses Teresa Meade, Terri Dolin and Angie Hall administered the flu shots.
“We were pleased with the number of shots given, especially since we were able to help several Veterans,” said Meade. “We try to make the process as easy on people as possible. They just have to drive up, roll down their window and get their shot. They don’t even have to get out of the car,” she said.
Student volunteers Blake Halstead and Shawntel Hunter helped with set-up, take-down and registration.
“It was wonderful meeting so many Veterans,” said Dolin. “They were sweet and appreciative and I was happy to be part of the event.”
For more information about future events or services at BMH please call the Boone Memorial Hospital Marketing Director, Karlie Belle Price at 304-369-1230 x431 or 304-437-1572. You can also visit us on-line at www.bmh.org.
To view pictures of the event visit: http://www.bmh.org/index.php/photos/category/82-veterans-day-2013