Meade County entrepreneur, civic leader joins HMH Foundation Board of Directors


The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors has a new member.

It was announced Friday that Meade County businesswoman and community leader Tara Powers unanimously was voted in as the newest member of the foundation. Powers joins the board of 24 regional leaders who work to strengthen the hospital and fund breakthrough initiatives to improve the health of Central Kentuckians, a news release from the organization said.

“We are thrilled and humbled to have Tara join our strong group of regional leaders,” said Joe Prather, foundation board chairman, in the release. “She is an accomplished entrepreneur who demonstrates servant leadership in so many ways. HMH cares for so many patients from Meade County and Tara will be a great voice for them.”

Co-founder of Powers Paper Co. and owner of two other businesses, Powers has called Meade County home since she was 7. She and her husband, Martin, a seventh-generation Meade County farmer, have four children and five grandchildren.

Powers said she sees her service on the HMH Foundation board as an opportunity to help improve the health of people throughout Central Kentucky.

“I have a deep conviction that when you sow into fertile ground, you reap rewards far greater than what can be seen,” said Powers in the release. “HMH means so much more to this community than people may realize. HMH not only has a growing presence in Meade County, but so many people I know work at one of HMH’s 50-plus locations or at the main hospital in Elizabethtown. HMH is important to patient care but it is also so important economically I want to do my part to help the health care system grow.”

Since it was re-established in 2015, the foundation has secured more than $3.3 million to improve patient care by helping fund the the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a pediatric therapeutic playground, and 3D mammography, the release said.

Most recently, the foundation invested $29,693 to construct, furnish and equip a new Cancer Resource Center at the HMH Cancer Center.

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