In February 2011, the Jerry C. Waggoner Medical Foundation Board of Directors hosted the First Annual 2011 Ungala as a means of raising funds for the Foundation’s projects: the Free Emergency Dental Clinic and the Educational Scholarship Program.
The generosity of many donors brought in over $4,000.00 to the Waggoner Foundation. Some of the donors opted to purchase “rocks” and “leaves” to be placed on the Waggoner Foundation Tree of Life in the Golden Plains Community Hospital lobby in memory or in honor of loved ones or organizations.
The following people purchased leaves: Mike and Sue Giesler in memory of Aiden Marshall; Julia Kasch in memory of Milton E. Kasch; Glen and Charlene Buckles in memory of Louise Waggoner; Jane Phillips Society; Jesse Shuffield in memory of Dorothy Shuffield; and Ann Hathaway in memory of Marie Perry.
Rocks were purchased by: Jeff and Nola Ann Waggoner in memory of Jerry C. and Louise C. Waggoner; Virginia Hall in Memory of Ben and Ellen Throckmorton; Jay and Cindy Campbell in memory of Lester and Martha Campbell; Melody Henderson in memory of Harlan and LaVirda Henderson; J.E. Dunn Construction in honor of the new Golden Plains Community Hospital building; Agrium U.S., Inc. in memory of Rod Collins; and Meryl & Beatrice Barnett in memory of Jerry and Louise Waggoner.
The Waggoner Foundation Free Emergency Dental Clinic has provided free emergency dental care for a number of deserving Hutchinson County residents since 2010. Those benefitting from the Dental Clinic do not have dental insurance and cannot afford to have dental emergency work done.
When an acute dental emergency arises and in order to determine if a person qualifies for the program, an appointment may be made at either the Fritch Medical Clinic located at 700 W. Broadway in Fritch, 857-2311, or the Golden Plains Rural Health Clinic located at 200 S. McGee in Borger, 273-5552. If a person qualifies, they will be referred to a dentist. The clinic is not for those who need dentures or chronic long term dental care. There is a charge for any visit to Fritch Medical
Clinic or Golden Plains Rural Health Clinic.
The Waggoner Foundation also provides scholarships for local high school seniors who are entering the healthcare field.
The Jerry C. Waggoner Medical Foundation was created in 1991 in honor of the late Jerry C. Waggoner, founding father of the Hutchinson County Hospital District. The Foundation’s charitable purpose is to promote, sponsor and carry out heath education
and health service activities and objectives of the HCHD.