Baptist hospital, foundation maintain excellence tradition
November 18 2010 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications

North Carolina Baptist Hospital (NCBH) has come a long way since 1923 when it was established as an 88-bed facility. The hospital now owns and/or operates facilities in other counties in the state and is a 1,000-plus bed hospital system.

Although health care faces unprecedented change, “in the midst of that some things remain the same,” said Paul Mullen during the Hospital’s report Nov. 10 at the Baptist State Convention’s annual meeting. Mullen is NCBH’s church and community relations director.

NCBH continues seeking to provide exceptional service that is faith-centered and offering “compassionate care to every patient” that is focused on sharing God’s love.

Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences comprise Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Mullen described the Medical Center as one of “tremendous vitality, world-class services and an ever expanding campus.” The Medical Center continues to be recognized as one of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

The Cooperative Program helps make the hospital’s ministry possible and as a result “people with no faith or shattered faith are finding hope,” Mullen said.

Mullen also brought an update on its partnership with Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India. NCBH made the first financial contribution to Project BELIEVE, an effort to help fight against cancer in Bangalore.

About 7,000 cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Bangalore, and most do not have access to any type of medical treatment.

Mullen shared that God has answered the prayers for help in India, as this month Bangalore Baptist Hospital treated its first patient in the new radiology/oncology department.

The North Carolina Baptist Foundation also brought a report Nov. 10 via a video greeting from Convention and Foundation employees. This year the Foundation celebrates 90 years of “generating an increased awareness of Christian estate stewardship principles as a means of financially undergirding churches, institutions, and mission endeavors on a permanent basis.”

The Foundation is the oldest Baptist foundation in America and now manages more than $128 million in assets. Clay Warf, executive director of the foundation, encouraged North Carolina Baptists to take advantage of opportunities to give to Kingdom causes through estate planning. The Foundation assists individuals in maintaining careful stewardship of resources in order to ensure their legacy will be one of continued support for Christian ministries.

The Foundation also works with North Carolina Baptists in setting up charitable endowments and preparing a will. A church loan program is available to help churches as they seek to increase their ministry efforts through renovations or expansions.

Warf challenged North Carolina Baptists to commit a tithe of their estate to Kingdom work. “The size of the gift is not important,” he said. “What is important is the commitment to the tithe.”
11/18/2010 6:50:00 AM by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments




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