Baptist Health Hardin’s Wellness on Wheels is lending a helping hand to Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville following the loss of the Dawson Springs clinic during the tornado and severe weather system that tore through western Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 11.

According to Assistant Vice President Steve White, they had their Wellness on Wheels mobile health unit on site that Sunday, ready for use on Monday.

“Members of our team went to Dawson Springs and set up the tent and the mobile health unit, and then were able to return home as their staff is now seeing patients,” he said. “We will leave our assets there until a new modular clinic is delivered — probably about two weeks. The modular will stay in place until the clinic is rebuilt from the ground up.”

As of Friday, White said the vehicle staff had seen more than 40 patients.

Cheryl McKnight, practice manager at Baptist Health Deaconess Medical Group Dawson Springs, said they still were seeing patients come in with minor injuries from the tornado including puncture wounds.

“Baptist Health Hardin has come through for Baptist Health Dawson Springs, and in such a phenomenal way, donating the use of a mobile unit, a tent we can use for triage and a generator,” she said. “Without these things we could not continue to serve our community as we are doing now.”

Additionally, McKnight said some Baptist Health employees even collected items for some of their people who had lost homes.

“It was just amazing that someone who doesn’t know us would be so generous. There are no words to say thank you for something like that. It is just above and beyond anything we could have ever expected,” she said. “They also loaded up a car with snacks and supplies and personally brought that here. It means the world to us.”

Baptist Health Foundation has established an emergency assistance fund to support Baptist Health employees affected by the catastrophic weather events in Kentucky. Donations can be made at

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or

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