Nurses affiliated with Southeastern Health now have access to a higher level of learning through an endowment announced by the Southeastern Health (SeHealth) Foundation during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council on May 8 as part of National Nurses Week.
The grant, named the Baker Endowment for Nursing Excellence, was established by Stephanie and Wil Bass of Raleigh. The Basses made the multi-year commitment in honor of Stephanie’s grandparents, Dr. Horace Baker, Jr., a surgeon who was a member of the medical staff at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, and his wife Dorothy, a former nurse. Dr. Horace Baker, Sr., Bass’s great-grandfather, was also a surgeon and founder of the Baker Sanatorium which later merged with Thompson Hospital to form what was known as the Baker-Thompson Memorial Hospital in Lumberton in 1946. These two older facilities were replaced by a new hospital known as Robeson County Memorial Hospital in 1953, which later became Southeastern Regional Medical Center.