In Memoriam: Dr. Mack Nathaniel Barnes

Dr. Mack Barnes

When Dr. Mack Barnes passed away on June 24, 2023, he left behind an indelible mark on the field of oncology at Ascension St. Vincent’s, so it is only fitting that his legacy be commemorated in a lasting way. Thus, the Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation has commissioned a portrait of Dr. Barnes to be hung […]

Giving Hearts, Personal Experiences Compel Board Chairs to Serve

T J Willings, Chair, Board of Directors

By the time T J Willings became Chair of the Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation Board of Directors, he already held a deep appreciation for the health system. “Ascension St. Vincent’s has always been our family’s hospital,” said Willings. “We have depended on the doctors and staff for many decades, especially through my two diagnoses of cancer – prostate and melanoma – both of which were successfully treated. I cannot say enough good things about the hospital and the doctors who work there.”

Bench Honors Camp Bluebird Counselors

memorial bench for camp bluebird

Camp Bluebird counselor Myra Franklin wanted to honor her friend, Judith Anthony, a fellow counselor who had recently passed away. Myra discussed it with other counselors and they decided to not only honor Judith but five other counselors who passed in recent years. A decision was made to recognize them with a memorial bench. Lloyd […]

Love for Camp Bluebird Prompts Legacy Gift

Olivia Davidson

Since 2015, Olivia Davidson has served as a Camp Bluebird volunteer. Her sisters also volunteer, driving from Georgia and using vacation time for camp time. “It’s become a family affair,” said Davidson, who helps with registration. “We make gift bags, sort and fold T-shirts, and make cute little door tags (bluebirds of course!) so campers […]

A Cardiologist with a Heart for Giving

Dr. Alain Bouchard

Some people have a talent for gift-giving, a knack for selecting the perfect gift, one that delights the recipient for having received it and the giver for having given it. Dr. Alain Bouchard is one of those people. A cardiologist with Cardiology Specialists of Birmingham who practices at Ascension St. Vincent’s, Dr. Bouchard has not […]

Father/Son Donations Honor Bruno Cancer Center

Dr. Merle Salter, Dr. Sally Salter, Dr. Susan Salter, Austin Blackwell, and John Blackwell

A father/son duo recently expressed gratitude for life-saving treatment rendered to the son at Ascension St. Vincent’s Bruno Cancer Center with separate gifts to Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation. The donations were directed to the radiation oncology department. “It was just a token of our appreciation to St. Vincent’s,” said John Blackwell, the father of 42-year-old […]

One NICU Family Donates to Benefit Others

Tyler and Jessica Hinton with son, Sam

The arrival of Samuel “Sam” Hinton on September 19, 2019, was a big surprise to his parents, Tyler and Jessica Hinton. Not that they weren’t expecting him. They just didn’t expect him to arrive quite so soon. Born at Ascension St. Vincent’s Birmingham two months ahead of schedule, Sam spent the first six weeks of […]

Caring for Our Community: Then, Now, Always

On a rainy, windy evening in November 1898, two members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, along with their spiritual director, arrived in Birmingham from St. Louis. As described by author Tom Wofford in The St. Vincent’s Story: A Century of Caring, the world they stepped into was a frightful place. […]