Eddie L. Smith
The 14th annual Eddie Lee Smith Health Fair, put on by Alliance HealthCare System and Williams Medical Clinic, drew lots of vendors and people looking at products.
The affair was kicked off Thursday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Perry Williams, CEO of Alliance, who offered a welcome to guests.
Special guests were Kerry Atkins, director of Fresenius Medical Services; Lisa Mischike, mission manager of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; and Dale Sullivan, with Home Depot in Olive Branch.
The health fair, that began under a big tent on the grounds of Alliance Hospital 14 years ago, has since been moved inside to the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building. The fair was named in the late mayor’s honor since he was a strong supporter of improving the health of residents.
“The health fair has remained an educational and interactive event which is designed as an outreach entity providing basic preventive medicine and medical screening to people in the community,” Williams said. “The health fair also serves as a public health intervention.”
Fresenius Medical Services is a 2014 corporate sponsor for the health fair, and the largest dialysis company in the world.
“We are grateful for their participation and look forward to next year,” Williams said.
“Our goal is to educate members of the community and surrounding areas regarding health services and health issues. Each year we coordinate our health fairs with highly trained professionals to serve families with respect, dignity and compassion.”
Other sponsors included the Bank of Holly Springs, Wal-Mart, Judge and Mrs. Aaron Brown, Home Depot, Williams Medical Clinic and Tyson Drugs.
Nurse Catherine Keller Howard, who has served the community as nurse since 1955, and Luberta Smith, widow of Eddie L. Smith, were also recognized for their long-standing support of community health interests, the hospital and the clinic.
The Health Fair was produced by Alliance HealthCare System, Alliance Hospital, Williams Medical Clinic and Alliance Charitable Foundation.
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