The Bateman Horne Center’s spring campaign set a goal to raise $300,000 that would allow BHC to move into a larger facility in order to serve more patients, expand education efforts, and increase research participation. Earlier this month, they announced that they had exceeded the goal by more than 260%, raising more than $1.08 million.
BHC is now getting settled in the new space. It was all-hands-on-deck for moving day. Everyone chipped in and played a part – volunteers, staff, and Dr. Bateman herself – to ensure everything would be safely, quickly and economically moved the one block over to the new, larger facility.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Watch a brief video of moving day HERE.[/pullquote] We were thrilled to install all-new, custom-made furniture for the reception area and beyond. Because of the tremendous generosity of a faithful donor, all of the furniture was donated to ensure patient spaces were comfortable, colorful and classy: everything that ME/CFS and FM patients deserve. Dr. Bateman has long given patients first-class, comprehensive and compassionate care, now she has a space that visually reflects that and welcomes patients in comfort and style.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Watch a brief video tour of the new space HERE[/pullquote] But even greater than the new location and new look is the new opportunity. This new location gives BHC the opportunity to expand research and medical staff, increase the number of patients they can see, and increase the number of well-categorized patients they can enroll in cutting-edge research. They are now actively seeking to expand clinic staff and increase their reach in this way.
In addition to greater clinic and research space, this new location provides for an education center (still under construction.) In this new space, BHC plans to:
- House an ever-expanding and engaging patient library
- Host additional education events for patients, both live and streamed on-line (as well as recorded for future use)
- Offer opportunities for skilled patients to come together and volunteer, giving them an opportunity to utilize their skills and expertise in an environment that understands their needs and can accommodate their energy envelope
- Host healthcare provider education, for medical staff, interns and students, in order to expand the pool of knowledgeable and compassionate providers in the field
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”While we couldn’t be more proud of the new space or more excited about what’s on the horizon, we are also impatient. We know all too well that there remain many thousands of patients with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia that do not have access to the first-class care they deserve,” says Dr. Bateman. “While we celebrate this blessing to our clinic and look forward to welcoming more to it, we know that is not enough.”[/pullquote]
Dr. Bateman and all at BHC will not rest until all patients, everywhere, receive a ready diagnosis, are effectively treated, and are widely met with empathy and understanding. First-class care needs to be the standard in our community, not the exception. This is what the Bateman Horne Center is working to bring about.
For all who have invested in us and helped BHC get this far, we want to offer their tremendous gratitude. For all those who hope to see this dream become a reality in our lifetime, you are invited to become a monthly donor. Your support will allow BHC to lead this charge more effectively and make progress more swiftly.