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l-r, Baptist President and CEO Stephen Reynolds greets Wallace and Jama Fowler during the NEA Baptist Health Care System dedication.

Largest gift in Baptist history will help cancer patients

Wallace and Jama Fowler’s recent gift to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation (dba NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation) will be used to create the Fowler Family Patient Assistance Endowment, which will expand and enhance support services for NEA Baptist cancer patients and their families. In honor of their generosity, the NEA Baptist Cancer Center will be named the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care.

“It is an honor to receive such a generous gift from the Fowler family for the new cancer center at NEA Baptist,” said Stephen Reynolds, president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care.” The Fowlers have given to many great initiatives in our community and this is no different. This gift will help transform cancer care in northeast Arkansas for generations to come.”

Reynolds added, “The generosity of the Fowlers will allow our health system to expand the cancer care services we currently provide and ensure that our patients in northeast Arkansas can get the care they deserve here at home.”

The only facility of its kind in Northeast Arkansas, the 34,000-square-foot Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care combines all components of cancer care under one roof, from diagnostics to chemotherapy treatments to support and educational resources. The center will offer 22 chemotherapy infusion suites, designed to help ensure that patients can maintain fellowship with other patients as well as retain personal space; a new HopeCircle program area, prominently featured off the main entrance, with group meeting and private consultation rooms; close patient parking; nature-influenced décor with floral space dividers and sky mosaics in radiation suites; a waiting room with seating for 75; and a private garden for patient enjoyment and private reflection.

Mr. and Mrs. Fowler have been longtime supporters of Jonesboro projects, including the Arkansas State University Fowler Center for the Performing Arts. He was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2011. They have three sons and live in Jonesboro.

“We look forward to working with Baptist and the cancer center to help provide additional support for patients,” said Wallace Fowler.

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