The Salvus Center held its annual gala on Friday, March 31. The event celebrated the volunteers, donors, and patients and was held at Bagsby Ranch on Long Hollow Pike in Gallatin, raising approximately $55,000.
The mission of the faith-based health center is to reclaim the Biblical and historical commitment to care for those who are sick and in need as they might experience wholeness, wellness, and healing.
Salvus opened 11years ago, and has served over 50,000 patients providing life-saving medical care for many of those.
Each year at the gala a Salvus patient will tell those attending how the center impacted his/her life. This year, Dilya Knight spoke of how helpful the Salvus Center had been to her and her family, as she was getting her new business underway and couldn't afford health insurance.
This year's gala recognized retiring Medical Director Dr. Ted Hill, who has been with the center since its beginning, and retiring Executive Director Shelly Ames, who has been with the center almost as long. Both were given standing ovations for their contributions to the center.
Music for the event was provided by Ken Ozimek, and singer/songwriter Shelby Ann-Marie and Singer/Songwriters Root Road.
Dr. Jeremiah Judkins will be the new medical director and will work with nurse practitioners Jennifer Flynn and Kerri Suter. Judkins is with TriStar Health Hendersonville, and works with the Portland, Tenn. emergency room.
Jennifer Flanagan has been appointed the new CEO/President of Salvus. She has been serving as the executive director of Rock Castle in Hendersonville, Tenn.
In his final remarks, Hill encouraged those in the audience to let people, that might need Salvus, know it is there for them. At the same time, he asked people to be donors and to volunteer at Salvus.