Pat Wessler is pictured with her Grow Your Own Campaign tree and plaque presented by Kris Umbarger on behalf of Community Hospital-Fairfax.

Community Hospital-Fair­fax has created the Grow Your Own Campaign for scholarships and loans for students pursuing careers in healthcare. Community Hospital-Fairfax and the Community Healthcare Foundation had 16 trees planted by Earl May in recognition of the generosity of donors of the program. In front of each tree – evergreens, sycamores, maples, and oaks – is a plaque recognizing the donor.
A dedication ceremony was held Friday, May 5, to recognize the donors with plaques and for them to see their trees. Donors included Ryan Whitney, M.D., Aron and Joanna Burke in memory of Larry Shannon, Patricia Wessler in memory of Paul Wessler, Bill and Susan Slaughter in memory of Margery Slaughter, Donna Seymour in memory of Keith G. Seymour, Community Hospital-Fairfax em­ployees, Fairfax Kiwanis Club, Fairfax Agency, Inc. – Robert and Marilyn Alldredge, Kay Rosenbohm in memory of Donna Ireland, Citizens Bank & Trust, in honor of Amy Moore and in memory of Jerry Moore, Beta Sigma Phi – Xi Lambda Beta of Fairfax, Roger and Mary Lou Steinkruger in memory of Nancy A. Steinkruger, Earl May Store #22, James R. and Candice Cooper, Richard and Mary Ellen Oswald, Bob and Berdie Jackson, Mound City News, Joe Frede Farm, Hiawatha Implement Company, Atchison County Veterinary Clinic, and Glenn and Jayne Scott. Thanks to their donations, the hospital has already been able to provide local students pursuing healthcare careers with scholarships, including Boo Cooper, who attended the ceremony. Following the event, attendees were treated to refreshments in the conference room.
The trees are spread out along the entrance lane to the hospital, as well as in front of the building. Be sure to stop by and take a look!