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Foundation honors Lay family, auxiliary with garden dedication

The Baptist Health Paducah Foundation honored supporters during the dedication of the hospital’s W.N. “Buck” Lay and Helen Lay Tribute Garden today.

The Lays, now deceased, started B & H Towing, Inc., in 1983. Mr. Lay served on the foundation board in 2010-11 and donated $100,000 to the foundation in May 2011.

“It is very humbling and an extreme honor to have this named for my family,” said Phyllis Boyd, one of the Lays’ four children. “They had no idea how much impact they had on so many people’s lives.”

A sculpture was unveiled honoring the Baptist Health Paducah Auxiliary for their $50,000 donation. The foundation commissioned Paducah sculptor Linda Ogden to celebrate past, present and future hospital volunteers.

Since its beginning in 1953, the auxiliary has played a major role in providing hospitality services to patients and families and raising funds for the purchase of equipment and educational materials.

The hospital’s cornerstone and other plaques commemorating donations throughout the years are now displayed permanently in the garden. Garden entrances are located in the Coffee Shop and in Doctors Office Building 1.

“The hospital has a rich philanthropic history,” said Laurie Latham, foundation director. “The garden is really a place to honor that rich history and a place to honor those who have contributed to our success.”

Donors also have purchased personalized bricks, benches and fountains in the garden. For more information on ways to recognize or memorialize a loved one in the garden or in front of the Earl Feezor Regional Radiation Therapy Center, phone the foundation at (270) 575-2871.

The hospital foundation raises funds for patient-care services, such as the recent Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the current surgical expansion.