Baptist Health Foundation Presents Two San Antonio Non-Profits with Donations Totaling $350,000 / Donations Celebrate Foundation’s 10th Anniversary and Dedication of New Playground
Since its founding 10 years ago, the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio (BHFSA) has remained steadfast in its commitment to support health and wellness causes in the community. To celebrate this decade of support, on Saturday, BHFSA presented the Mayor’s Fitness Council and CommuniCare Health Centers with donations totaling $350,000. CommuniCare Health Centers is a full-service primary healthcare system serving Bexar and Hays counties. The Mayor’s Fitness Council is a community-wide movement aimed at reducing obesity rates by transforming San Antonio into a healthier and more active community.
“We have enjoyed 10 wonderfully blessed years of helping to meet the healthcare needs of our community, so this is truly an occasion to celebrate,” says Cody Knowlton, BHFSA President and CEO.
The donations occurred during a downtown community event called Wellness in the Park that was hosted by BHFSA and Baptist Health System (BHS) at Madison Square Park. The free event featured health and wellness screenings, children’s activities, live entertainment and complimentary food and beverages. Among the event’s highlight was the dedication of a new $37,000 playground at the park which is located at 400 Lexington Ave, directly behind Baptist Medical Center.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson joined Xavier Urrutia, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Director, BHFSA Board Members, BHS executives and dozens of children for the dedication. The playground was made possible by donations from physicians, leaders and staff from BHS and a grant from BHFSA. Following the dedication, event participants, who were born at a San Antonio BHS hospital, since its inception in 1948, were invited to take a panoramic photo. The photo marked the first gathering of San Antonio’s “Baptist Babies.”
Since its beginnings in San Antonio, BHFSA has awarded more than 550 grants totaling nearly $37 million to non-profit organizations, throughout an eight-county region, that have a role in improving the health of the community. BHFSA was created when Vanguard Health Systems, based in Nashville purchased BHS in 2003. Proceeds from that sale established BHFSA. BHS is now owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, based in Dallas.
Great Day SA: Get Moving San Antonio! Wellness in the Park (KENS5, November 4, 2013) (watch video)
The Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio celebrated 10 years of a strong partnership with Vanguard Health Systems of Nashville, TN. In 2003, Vanguard purchased Baptist Health System. The proceeds from that sale funded BHFSA. To God Be the Glory for 10 wonderfully blessed years of meeting the healthcare needs of our community (September 10, 2013) (watch video)