The Bates County Community Health Foundation (BCCHF) has begun preliminary efforts to explore the construction of a community center and invites members of the community to be involved.
In May, the Board of Directors of Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) was approached by an investment broker. The broker had set up a trust several years ago to be used toward a Community Center for the Butler area and requested that it be constructed on the BCMH campus.
An Action Committee has been organized to spearhead this project. In the next month, the committee will meet with several architects and YMCA officials to explore the best options.
In 2019, BCMH completed a Community Health Needs Assessment in which the hospital held town hall meetings for residents of Bates County. The hospital retained a consultant who published a report based on community feedback, and the findings showed a community center was top on the list.
The project has temporarily been named: “Proposed Regional Activity Center” to include everyone from the Bates County area. All donations for a community center will be routed through BCCHF, a tax-deductible charity.
How the Community Can Help:
Complete a survey indicating your interest in what you and your family would utilize in a regional activity center: https://forms.gle/Vtr6GETQwFFrGPaj7