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

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

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.”