Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation has announced that Mel Coleman, John Dyess and Norene Prososki have been named to its board of directors.
Coleman is CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and lives in Salem. He joined NAEC in 1988 as manager of member services and in 1998 was promoted to assistant general manager. He became CEO in January 2001.
A graduate of Arkansas State University, Coleman is an active member of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Industrial Developers of Arkansas, National Community Development Society, the Southern Industrial Development Council, National Rural Economic Development Association and several other organizations. He was appointed delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business in Washington D.C., and a director of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority. He is now serving Arkansas on the board of directors of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Washington, D.C.
Coleman and his wife, Debbie, have two sons. Nick Coleman is employed by First National Bank in Mountain Home and is married to Leah, who is a teacher/coach at Nelson-Wilkes-Herron Elementary. Tanner is a senior at William Woods University in Missouri. Debbie is executive coordinator of a childhood early intervention program for the state of Arkansas.
Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation supports the services and efforts of Baxter Regional Medical Center. Regardless of the ability to pay, BRMC turns no one away. This leaves the hospital absorbing more than $8 million in unpaid medical bills each year. The need for support from donors is more important than ever.
"We appreciate all the community does for its hospital through the foundation and we are so grateful we have people like Mel, Norene and John who are willing to give of their time and talents by serving on the Foundation board," said Foundation Executive Director Barney Larry.
Anyone interested in supporting BRMC may contact the Foundation at 870-508-1770.