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What is the CareGivers?

CareGivers is the White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation's employee giving program. Proceeds from gifts to the CareGivers directly benefit WRHS facilities and programs to enhance patient care provided by WRHS.

CareGivers promotes positive and rewarding charitable giving, and encourages teamwork for the continued development of the WRHS. Participation in CareGivers is voluntary.

Contributions are managed by the the Foundation as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Membership Benefits

  • ID badge that may be used for discounts at over 30 participating businesses
  • Four free tickets to monthly Melba Movie Night
  • Invitations to CareGivers Members Only events
  • Membership apparel after your four months of membership
  • Membership lapel pin
  • Membership rewards – After one year of membership
  • Monthly Incentives

White River Health System Initiatives Supported by CareGivers

  • Area of Greatest Need
  • Community Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing Scholarships
  • Patient Assistance
  • Physician Residency Program
  • Ribbons of Hope
  • WRHS Emergency Departments

How to Join CareGivers

Employees may join CareGivers at any time. Forms are available from the Foundation staff, Human Resources, or your Director. Complete and sign the application form and forward to the Foundation office via inter-office mail. The minimum gift for CareGivers membership is one hour of your salary per month with a mandatory four-month commitment. Deductions will begin in the pay cycle immediately following processing of your membership application. Employees may choose to increase their gift above the minimum membership requirement by indicating the amount on your membership application. You may terminate your membership at any time following the initial four-month commitment.

Bi-weekly payroll deduction is calculated as follows: Hourly rate multiplied by 12 months, and divided by 26 pay periods equals the bi-weekly payroll deduction. For example: ($10 X 12)/26 = $4.62/ pay period.

Gifts to CareGivers

Gifts to CareGivers improve the health our patients and create healthier communities throughout the WRHS service area. CareGivers gifts contribute to the continued development of WRHS, demonstrate employee commitment to improving healthcare, and encourage charitable giving by others. CareGivers members may choose a WRHS initiative for 75% of their gift. The remaining 25% of gifts to the CareGIvers gifts support the Area of Greatest Need (10%), Community Health Fund (5%), and Patient Assistance Fund (10%).

Projects Funded by CareGivers

  • Books for the Reach and Read program sponsored by The Children's Clinic
  • Community event supplies and support
  • Defibrillators, Pediatric Mannequins, and other clinical training tools
  • EKG machines for the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village
  • Medication, transportation, and medical supply assistance for patients following hospitalization
  • Signage for WRMC's Hand Hygiene initiative
  • Transportation and treatment related expenses for patients of Batesville Oncology and WRMC Cancer Care Center through Ribbons of Hope


The Foundation regularly recognizes the generosity of donors in advertising, publications, and social media. We do disclose the amount of CareGivers gifts. Please contact the Foundation office or make a notation on the membership application, to give anonymously.

About the Foundation

The White River Health System Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that supports the healthcare mission of White River Health System through charitable giving, grant writing, and fundraising events. Gifts to the foundation are used for the development of new clinical services, scholarships for health professionals, and capital building projects. Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible as allowed by Internal Revenue Service regulations.

For More Information Contact

White River Health System Foundation

Michele Wood, Foundation/Marketing Director

1989 Harrison Street

Batesville, Arkansas 72501

(870) 262-6033

Fax: 870-262-3248

Donate Now

Thank you for making a gift to the White River Health System Foundation. Your gift to White River Health System Foundation will be joined with others to deliver quality healthcare services and improve the health of residents in communities throughout North Central Arkansas.

White River Health System is a 501c(3) charitable organizations and gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Please consult your personal tax advisor for specific deduction information. The Foundation has provided a secure portal for your donation and the security of your information is of upmost importance.

For more information about the White River Health System Foundation and opportunities for giving, please contact Michele Wood, Foundation/Marketing Director at

Under normal circumstances, the Foundation will not return previously tendered donations to a donor. In the event of unusual circumstances, the staff and Foundation Board of Directors Executive Committee will review the matter and provide written documentation.

Privacy and Confidentiality Statement

White River Health System Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. An Annual Statement of Giving is mailed to all donors whose total yearly giving is in excess of $250.00. Please contact your personal tax advisor for specific information.

Foundation Leadership


The Mission of White River Health System Foundation is to support the mission of White River Health System by connecting the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better healthcare.


The vision of White River Health System Foundation is to support quality healthcare for patients and families.


Beth Christian


Jay F. Shell

Vice President

Janie Starnes



Philip Baker

Jeff Showalter

Robin Brock

Morris Street

Gene Crawford

Sara Walker

Dawn Jeffrey

Andy Walmsley

Steven Lewis

Sara Walker

Charles McClain, Jr. MD

Andy Walmsley

Josephine Raye Rogers

Jim Wann

Kevin Rose

Jim Whitson

Charles Schaaf

Richard Wilcox

Jay F. Shell

Ex-Officio Members

Gary Paxson, RN,BSN,MS,

White River Health System CEO

Carol Curtwright

Auxiliary President

Life Lights

Life Lights is an annual holiday fundraising campaign to benefit patient care at White River Health System facilities. Through your gift, you can submit an honorarium or memorial, which is a thoughtful, unique way to honor or remember the special people in your life – a nurse, doctor, teacher, or an angel in disguise. Some honor their children, parents or grandparents, best friends or co-workers, and soldiers, or remember those we love who have passed. Life Lights gifts are acknowledged with a card to the family of the honoree. The name you submit will be publicly acknowledged as well through advertisements. You can make an anonymous honorarium or memorial, if preferred.

Through your gift, you are not only choosing a special way to show you care, you are also contributing to a cause that helps your community. 2020 Life Lights contributions support 3D Mammography at White River Medical Center. Using this state-of-the-art technology, Radiologists are able to detect breast abnormalities at earliest treatable stage.  The purchase of the 3D mammography machines will provide the highest resolution possible to detect breast abnormalities. One in eight women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year.  Besides Skin Cancer, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in American women. 

You can make a gift online HERE, or contact the Foundation Office at (870) 262-1834 to make a gift.

Privacy and Confidentiality Statement

White River Health System, Inc. (WRHS) (DBA WRHS Foundation, Inc.) is committed to the privacy and confidentiality of personal information. WRHS recognizes that the security of your personal financial information is of great concern to you. To communicate the importance of personal privacy and confidentiality, WRHS has adopted use and disclosure policies (see "Use and Disclosure Policies"), and implemented various security measures (see "Security Measures"). Our commitment to your privacy is reinforced by our adherence to the following privacy policy.

Under NO circumstance will WRHS voluntarily disclose your personal financial information without your specific consent or as required by law.


The following paragraphs disclose WRHS's information gathering and dissemination practices for this Web site.

In order to provide you with accurate, useful and customized information, WRHS asks for the minimally necessary data which may include your name, address and email.

Any transactions performed requiring your credit card information are performed in a secure environment, and credit card information is discarded immediately upon completing the necessary transaction(s).

WRHS uses your IP address only in the event a Web server problem requires diagnosis and to administer the Web site and to count aggregate unique visits to the web site.


The WRHS site may have links to other sites that contain information WRHS believes may be helpful to you. WRHS cannot and will not be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other Web sites.


This site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your information under WRHS's control. These measures include:

Authorized Access: You must be registered to use portions of this Web site. Once you are registered, you will use a unique user ID and password to enter the site.

Authentication: WRHS uses GeoTrust to provide authentication, trust, and SSL encryption. This allows site visitors to verify WRHS with a trusted third party organization, while enabling communication with WRHS's web sites using secure, encrypted channels.

Cookies: A cookie is a piece of data containing information about the user or user session. Usage of a cookie is not in any way linked to personally identifiable information while on the WRHS site. WRHS uses a session cookie to ensure that your session remains secure by maintaining an identifier unique to your session. The session cookie self-terminates after you close your browser. Persistent cookies are only used if you choose to have your login and password information maintained for future connections. The default setting is set to not store login and password information.

Encryption: WRHS employs SSL encryption in the use of its products. We recommend the use of a browser supporting 256-bit encryption though the site will support down to 40-bit encryption.


If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy statement, the practices of this Web site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:


White River Health System, Inc.

1710 Harrison

P.O. Box 2197

Batesville, Arkansas 72503-2197

Fax: (870)-262-1112 or email contact

Acceptance of Terms


WRHS grants you a limited license to the access and make personal use of the documents and incorporated graphics on the Site (the "Documents"). The foregoing license is subject to the following limitations: (i) the Documents may be used solely for personal information and non-commercial purposes; and (ii) the Documents may not be modified or altered in any way. Except where your use constitutes "fair use" under copyright law, you may not otherwise use, download, upload, copy, print, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, post, transmit or distribute any information from the Site in whole or in part without the express authorization of WRHS.


You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to immediately notify WRHS of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. WRHS cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this provision.


You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Site, use of the Site or access to the Site.


The site is provided by WRHS on an "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" basis. WRHS makes no representations and warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content, materials, or products included on the site. You expressly agree that your use of the site is at your SOLE RISK.

To the full extent permissible by applicable law, WRHS disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. WRHS DOES NOT WARRANT that the site, its servers, or e-mail sent from WRHS are free of viruses or other harmful components. WRHS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.

Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. Some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights.


You agree to indemnify and hold us and our subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney's fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your breach of this agreement, or your violation of any law or the rights of any third party.

Scholarship Program

WRHS Foundation Nursing Scholarship Program

Since 1995, the White River Health System Foundation (WRHSF) Scholarship Program has helped deserving employees pursue a nursing education. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to employees studying to become Registered Nurses(RN) or pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN). A Foundation Scholarship rewards initiative and removes financial barriers for employees seeking career advancement. We are committed to supporting education and professional development of those who devote their careers to saving lives and improving the lives of others through nursing. The WRHSF gratefully acknowledges our donors, whose contributions make the Scholarship Program possible.

Every gift to the Foundation helps White River Health System achieve its mission of providing outstanding healthcare services and improving the health of our communities. Donate now to make a gift to the Foundation’s Scholarship fund. To establish a scholarship through the Foundation contact the Foundation at (870) 262-6033.

Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship (LPN to RN)

The Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship was established by Dick and the late Bonnie Bernard in 1996. Bonnie worked as an RN at White River Medical Center (WRMC) from 1986 until her death in 2004. The Bernard’s established the scholarship because, as a nurse, Bonnie worked with many qualified and motivated nurses who were unable to advance their career due to financial issues and family commitments. For 22 years, the Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship has provided LPNs a chance to grow professionally and personally in their careers.

Lela Honkonen Educational Scholarship (RN or BSN)

This scholarship was established in 2005 in memory of Lela Honkonen to help employees seeking career advancement in nursing.

Pat McClain Memorial Scholarship (RN or BSN)

Established in 2016, the scholarship honors the life and work of Pat McClain, RN. Pat worked as a Registered Nurse at White River Medical Center and as an Occupational Health Nurse at Future Fuel Chemical Company (formerly Arkansas Eastman). Pat had a great heart for serving others. The scholarship was established to honor her work and create a legacy to benefit others entering the field of nursing.

Carl and Amy Shaver Nursing Scholarship (RN or BSN)

Amy Shaver founded this scholarship in 2007 with her husband, the late Carl Shaver. For many years, the Shavers generously donated their time by volunteering at WRMC and serving on WRHS Boards. Amy continues to serve today as an active volunteer.

WRHS Board of Directors Scholarship (RN or BSN)

This Scholarship is funded by the WRMC Board of Directors and given in memory of Board Members to honor their service to the organization.

WRHS Foundation Scholarships (RN or BSN)

A Foundation Scholarship rewards initiative and removes financial barriers for employees seeking career advancement. The Foundation is committed to supporting the education and professional development of those who devote their careers to saving lives and improving the lives of other through nursing.

WRHS Foundation Scholarships Applications

All Nursing Scholarships available thru the WRHS Foundation are available to current employees of White River Health System. All applications must be complete and applicable official transcripts must be received by the WRHSF office by the application deadline. For more information contact, Michele Wood, Foundation/Marketing Director at (870) 262-6033.


The WRHS Foundation Tribute program provides a way to honor or remember a special in your life and improve the delivery of healthcare in North Central Arkansas. The Foundation will acknowledge your gift with a card to the honoree or their family.

The proceeds from Mother's Day and Father's Day Tributes benefit WRMC's efforts as a Cribs for Kids, Safe Sleep Hospital. Funded by an initial gift from the Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation, WRMC purchased Halo® SleepSack® wearable blankets for every baby born at WRMC and Pack-N-Play® portable cribs to be given to families who do not have a safe sleeping area for their infant. Research shows that providing a safe sleeping environment for children less than one year old dramatically decreases the chance of death in infants due to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The names of those being honored or remembered are publicly acknowledged through special thank you advertising.

With your donation, the honoree or family of .

Contributions to Foundation are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.

About the Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation

The Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation was established in loving memory of Taylor with a goal of increasing awareness of, and research into the cause of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) incidents. In addition to supporting the SUDC Program, goals of the Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation include supporting families who are living through similar tragedies and helping to provide healthy, physical activities for children.

SUDC is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of twelve months, which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation. Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation

White River Health System Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following gifts to the Mother's Day Tribute Campaign. Campaign proceeds benefit the White River Medical Center Cribs for Kids Program.

In Honor of

Verona Bebow

Verona Bebow

Marie Dover

By Boris and Pamela Dover

Vonda Oberbeck

By Tiffany Cox

Mary Bookout

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Maria Herrington

By Tiffany Cox

Kathleen Reynolds

By Amanda Roberts

Linda Creighton

By Melanie Creighton

Gail Howard

By Melanie Creighton

Ella Shelton

By Gary Bebow

Phyllis DeWitt

By Gary Bebow

Carly Mace

By Sheila and Mark Mace

Carolyn Wilson

By Travis, Michele, and Seth Wood

Sandra Dobbs

By Denise Provence

Monica Mace

By Sheila and Mark Mace

Brenda Wood

By Travis, Michele, and Seth Wood

In Memory Of

Louise Davis

By Lanae Bookout

Patsy Long

By Cynthia Long

Mary Marshall

By Mary Ann Marshall

Freda Provence

By Denise Provence

Nettie Ramsey

Nettie Ramsey

Allene Reynolds

By Boris and Pamela Dover

Taylor McKeen Shelton

By Jimmy Alexander

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WRHS Foundation

The Mission of White River Health System Foundation supports the healthcare mission of White River Health System through charitable giving and fundraising events. The Mission of White River Health System Foundation connects the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better healthcare.

White River Health System Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. An Annual Statement of Giving is mailed to all donors whose total yearly giving is in excess of $250.00. Please contact your personal tax advisor for specific information.