Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation to host inaugural golf tournament

8/20/2014

The Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation will host a charity golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 12 at Webb Hill Country Club in Wolfe City.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble format, featuring friendly competitions for the longest drive, closest to the pin and the elusive hole-in-one. Entrance fees are $100 per person and include the 18-hole round at Webb Hill and lunch.

Benefiting telemedicine at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, the foundation hopes that the event will bring awareness to the support of advancing healthcare technology in Greenville.

Telemedicine refers to the exchange of medical information from one site to another through the use of electronic communications. Examples could range from a local surgeon communicating with a hospital in another city or state or physicians consulting with patients or doctors at a remote facility such as the new emergency medical centers currently undergoing construction in Commerce and Quinlan. Telemedicine includes a growing variety services using video conferencing, smart phones and other wireless tools.

“There are multiple potential benefits for Hunt Regional patients through the development of a telemedicine program,” said Hunt Regional Healthcare CEO Richard Carter.

“Through the tournament, we hope to create an interest in the expansion of easy access to medical care, especially for chronic patients,” he said.

Assisting with coordination of the inaugural event is foundation friend and Greenville native Betty Williams, who has led the charge in generating awareness and funding for a telemedicine program in Hunt County. Following the death of her husband, James R. Williams, in 2011, Oak Creek Country Club in Greenville hosted their annual golf tournament in his name the following year, raising $10,000.
“Because of his friends and his involvement in the community, we were able to raise $10,000. I couldn’t find the right place to put it, but when I learned about the telemedicine program and its possibilities, I was very interested,” said Williams.

After a lengthy stay at Baylor hospital while her husband underwent cancer treatment, Williams says she has seen firsthand how patients could potentially benefit from advances in local medicine and the addition of digitally driven medicine.

“I know how inconvenient it is to go to a hospital outside of your home. I really want our hospital here to grow and thrive and for more people to stay in the community,” she said.

Williams says it is her desire to see Hunt Regional Medical Center flourish that has led to her support of the foundation golf tournament. She also hopes that many of the people who played in the original tournament hosted in memory of her husband will realize the importance of what the money went towards and will want to play again.

“I know my husband would approve of that and would love it,” said Williams. “Before he passed, he said he wished he had never left Greenville,” she said.

Opportunities for sponsorship include title sponsorship, golf cart sponsor, team sponsor and hole sponsor with benefits such as signage, banners, ads in the golf program, free team entry and more.

Check-in for the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Tournament play will officially begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. To register or sponsor the event, contact Katie McKenna before Sept. 8 at 903-408-1068 or kmckenna@huntregional.org. To sign up online, visit www.huntregional.org/golftournament.

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