Dr. David Jackson was presented the Jesse Bryant Service Award at WelcomeHealth’s “A Toast to Health” event on Saturday, April 7th at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum. The award was presented by Dr. James Norys, WelcomeHealth Volunteer Board President. Mary Alice Serafini was recognized for her years of services as a board member at WelcomeHealth.
Dr. David Jackson, a pediatrician at Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics, was honored with the Jesse Bryant Service Award for helping WelcomeHealth improve their services by adding pediatric care in 2017. When the WelcomeHealth board approached Dr. Jackson, he agreed there was a need for low-income and uninsured pediatric care in Northwest Arkansas. Welcome Health has two Nurse Practitioners on staff, but depends on physicians who volunteer their time and expertise. Dr. Jackson volunteers one Thursday evening a month and has recruited additional pediatric colleagues to do the same.
“Because of his insight and volunteerism, it was an easy decision to recognize one of Northwest Arkansas’ best pediatricians,” said Monika Fischer-Massie, Director of WelcomeHealth. “Dr. Jackson was instrumental in getting our pediatric program started at WelcomeHealth,” Monika added. “From mentoring our nurse practitioner to suggesting the types of care needed, he stepped in when we needed him most.”
A murder mystery show was performed by Tableside Theater and a lovely meal was catered by KFB Events. The event raised $18,000 for WelcomeHealth.
WelcomeHealth, Northwest Arkansas’ free health center, was established in 1986 and today provides quality medical care, dental care, and pharmacy services to low income individuals. Patients include those without insurance and those who have insurance but may not be able to afford the copays or out of pocket expenses who meet the income requirements.
WelcomeHealth is located at 1100 N. Woolsey Avenue in Fayetteville, just behind UAMS Northwest and has set hours Monday through Friday. For more information on WelcomeHealth, visit welcomehealthnwa.org.