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Community Involvement Programs

Being actively involved in community service is one of the many ways Baptist Health System lives true to its mission of being committed to ministries that enhance the health, dignity and wholeness of those we serve.

From addressing special needs of young people to providing care to the needy, Baptist Health System is a devoted member of the community. Read on to learn more about a few of the outstanding programs we provide:

"Shadow"
This program offers students the opportunity to actively participate in deciding whether to pursue a career in the health care industry. Currently, several students from the Shelby County and Birmingham area school systems are participating in the program. They spend five hours a month at Shelby Baptist Medical Center visiting different departments and shadowing doctors, nurses, and/or technicians.

Walker Baptist is the host each semester to Walker High School Healthcare Career students. These students spend one class period per day on the hospital campus visiting different departments and shadowing doctors, nurses, and/or technicians. These students are selected for this program and have the opportunity to actively participate in deciding whether to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Several of the former students have been accepted into medical school and are pursuing healthcare professions.

Clinical Interns at Shelby Baptist Medical Center
This program offers students the opportunity to actively participate in patient care and gain real life experiences that will help prepare them to continue their education toward a health care career.  Shelby Baptist partners with the Shelby County School of Technology's Health Care Sciences program for an 8 - 10 week clinical internship program.  These students have received classroom instruction and clinical skills training and are able to select their area of interest to complete an internship in the hospital.  Students work in several areas, including Medical Records, Physical Therapy and Nursing Units.

Princeton Achiever's Program
The Princeton Achiever's program introduces students from area high schools to health care careers. Students meet at Princeton during the school year and tour various departments at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and interact with health care professionals to learn about clinical career opportunities within a hospital setting. The Achiever's calendar follows the school year, beginning in late summer and ending in spring. Students who are regular attendees and who qualify can earn scholarship dollars for participating. The program is designed for students in grades 8-12 and an Achiever's committee determines the activities and curriculum. For more information contact Mary Jane Wesler at 205-783-3814.

Hemphill School Supplies Drive
Every year Princeton Baptist Medical Centers hosts a school supplies drive for its partnering school Hemphill Elementary in Birmingham's West End community. The hospital's employees donate bagfuls of notebooks, crayons, paper, cleaning supplies, art supplies and more. The supplies are donated to help the students and teachers of Hemphill Elementary throughout the school year.

Summer Youth Volunteer Programs
Princeton Baptist, Shelby Baptist, and Walker Baptist hospitals annually recruit teenagers, aged 14-18, (Walker's program requires that students be age 15 to participate) for summer youth volunteer programs. It's an opportunity for teens to gain valuable experience and exposure to the health care field and another way Baptist Health System helps introduce health care as a career option to young people.

Selected teens will spend one or two days a week working in areas such as patient care services, the cancer registry, health information management, patient escort and rehab services.

Teens interested in volunteering may click here or call the location of their choice for an application:

Princeton Baptist 205-783-3067
Shelby Baptist 205-620-7770 
Walker Baptist 205-387-4025

Walker Baptist Healthcare Explorer's Program
The Walker Baptist Healthcare Explorer's program is a coordinated effort between Walker Baptist and the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts and introduces students from area high schools to healthcare careers. Students meet at Walker Baptist during the school year and tour various departments at the hospital and interact with healthcare professionals to learn about clinical career opportunities within a hospital setting. The Explorer's calendar follows the school year, beginning in fall and ending in spring. The program is designed for students in grades 9-12 and an Explorer's committee determines the activities. For more information contact Renae McKinney at 205-387-4169 or Zac Lollar at 205-275-6454.

Citizens Baptist Project Fit Program
Citizens Baptist helped provide playground equipment to Lincoln Elementary School for their Project Fit Program. Says Sherry Hattaway, Physical Education Specialist at Lincoln Elementary, "The Project Fit America Program has been a huge success at Lincoln Elementary School.  We use the course every day that we are outside.  Our students love the challenge it offers. We use the fitness concepts in many of our lesson plans.  When we are preparing our students for the Presidential Fitness Tests we use the fitness course in timed relays, personal challenges, and for practice stations.  Our scores, especially in upper body strength and endurance, have risen as a result.  We love this program! Thanks again to Citizens Baptist for helping us attain such an asset for our student's health and fitness."

M-POWER Ministries
Sponsored by the Birmingham Baptist Association and Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, M-POWER Ministries is not a church but is a ministry of churches dedicated to helping people get back on their feet by offering free medical care, information resources and counseling services.

M-POWER Ministries seeks to develop and achieve healthy communities for individuals and families, to share resources and information, and to encourage mental and physical health, spiritual growth, educational advancement, community involvement, economic development and social interaction.

M-POWER has several teams in charge of different areas of fulfilling this mission. Those teams include:

--Family Revitalization
--Community Revitalization
--Human Resource Development
--Resource Development
--Administrative Coordination

Within the M-POWER mission, there are seven core values that are exemplified in every aspect of this ministry. Those values include:

--Valuing the sanctity of marriage.
--Valuing the family and the role of men, women and children within these family systems.
--Valuing the health and well-being of those without sufficient means to overcome adversities.
--Valuing the diversity of people groups.
--Valuing the open display of respect for each other and the open expression of sincerity in relationships.
--Valuing team members completing their commitments and following through on their relationships with people desiring assistance.
--Valuing the sharing of our faith making it possible for all individuals to become children of God.

To receive help or to volunteer with M-POWER Ministries, please call Grace McGraw at 205-595-5959.

*Baptist Health System (BHS) -- one of the largest health care systems in Alabama -- is a not-for-profit, 501(c) corporation that owns and manages four hospitals in the state of Alabama.

M-POWER Health Clinic
One essential program to M-POWER Ministries is the M-POWER Health Clinic. It is located at New Hope Baptist Church at South Avondale and is open from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Free medical checkups are given by licensed medical doctors and nurse practitioners.

The mission of the M-POWER Health Clinic is to provide care for those who may be working but without insurance or who are transitioning off welfare and don't have health insurance coverage, and to promote health and wellness through whole-person care.

Children, age one or older, and adults are treated at the M-POWER Health Clinic. Among the services and treatments offered are:

  • Regular checkups
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Treatment of minor injuries
  • School physicals
  • Treatment of minor illnesses - cough, cold, flu, sore throats
  • Sports physicals
  • Tetanus shots
  • General health information
  • Preventative health care
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Domestic violence counseling

While every effort is made to see and treat walk-in patients, appointments are recommended. All Health Clinic patients are first seen by a social worker who spends time with them getting to know the issues they are facing and those of their family.

Appointments with the physician can be scheduled through the social worker on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. by calling 205-592-8118.

M-POWER Health Clinic is jointly sponsored by the Birmingham Baptist Association and Dawson Memorial Baptist Church. For more information on assisting or volunteering with this program, please call 205-595-5959.

"Mission 2020 Society"
The desire to care for others is fundamental to those who choose to work in health care organizations. For some, this commitment goes beyond the workplace; it reaches out into the community...or even around the world. The Mission 2020 Society was created to offer support and encouragement to persons who volunteer their time and talents to charitable activities in service to others.

The Mission 2020 Society provides financial grants to support BHS employees who are personally involved in Mission-related volunteer activities. The fund is supported by the designated gifts of employees of Baptist Health System through the Employee Benevolent Fund for the express purpose of helping more BHS employees carry out the Great Commission.

The Mission 2020 fund is administered by a committee consisting of employee representatives of the Baptist Health Foundation and the Baptist Health System. The committee meets quarterly to consider each application for funding.

For more information on the Mission 2020 Society, please contact the Baptist Health System office at 205-715-5340 or e-mail us!

For information about volunteer opportunities or program information for all Baptist Health System hospitals, please e-mail us or click here to submit a volunteer form online.

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