Educational Classes at Floyd

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My dad was a smoker, unfiltered Camels. For years and years, I never was too far from a cigarette. In the mornings, I'd finish up the pack that I started the day before and I'd have it gone by noon and I'd open a new one at lunch and I'd smoke it. And then I'd open another one when I got home and that's the one I'd start on the next morning.

I didn't think I'd quit, I really didn't, and I'd tried before. In 2000, I had 60 guys under me. I was a general foreman for the ironworkers. So I said, "I'm going to quit," and it lasted about two days.

Probably about two years ago, I started coughing real bad all the time. A couple of times I'd be out, I live on a pretty good hill right in the very front, 15 feet, it's real steep so I've got to weed it. I can't mow it and there's been twice since we moved here in '15 that the wife's come out and found me laying on that hill. I had to quit because I couldn't breathe anymore.

I saw it on the TV, the advertisement for smoking cessation class from Baptist Floyd here. So it's easy to come down here, it's a nice, beautiful place and I'd come in and I met Carla and Rebecca and got the big folder and all that kind of good stuff and I thought, "Well, I'm going to come back next week, too." So I came back and then we went two weeks and then we quit on Valentine's Day and I haven't picked up another one since. They had things in the book, you know, where you kept track and they'd give you, you know, hey, I did another one.

And you'd write down when you were smoking, what time you did it, and why. I turned out that most of it I did because I was bored and they showed me all the different things to do. You know, change your behavior like I did. I did go over here and do this instead of that.

Great-granddaughter come to live with us. I wanted to beat it this time and with all the information I had, like, the breathing techniques and the little exercises and stuff like that, I was doing them and it worked. I've always done everything on my own. On that, I needed help.

It's not impossible. Not if I did it. Anybody can do it. I thought I was going to fail but I was wrong.

I'm glad I was. ♪ [music]

How is Baptist Health Floyd involved in our community?

Baptist Health Floyd is very involved with the community in Floyd and surrounding counties. It is important to us to give back to the community that supports us and seeks care from us at important times in their lives. We also want to encourage our community to be as healthy as they can be through screenings, educational programs and our internal efforts. Baptist Health Floyd’s Healthier Community Initiative, which is funded by the Floyd Memorial Foundation, leads and funds three coalitions that are made up of community stakeholders in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and tobacco prevention and cessation.


Many of our strategic partnerships are listed below and are attributed directly to the community needs assessment for Floyd County. 

  • Schools: New Albany and Floyd County, Indiana University Southeast, Ivy Tech Community College.
  • Non-Profit Groups: Hope Southern Indiana, “Let Us Learn.”
  • Children’s Programs: Open Door Youth Services, Prevent Child Abuse Clark/Floyd counties 
  • Senior Citizen Programs: Life Span Resources.
  • Medically Underserved Populations: Family Health Center, Lifespring.
  • Poverty Guideline Programs: New Albany Housing Authority. 
  • Addiction/Tobacco Usage Programs: Our Place Drug and Alcohol Educational Services, Floyd County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator
  • Nutrition Coalition: Focus on increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables in Floyd County. 
  • Physical Activity Coalition: Focus on increasing physical activity by 10 minutes at a time through the “Give me 10” program.
  • Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Coalition: Focus on reducing the rate of cancer, heart, lung disease and other chronic tobacco-related diseases by reducing tobacco use, nicotine dependence and the exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • HCI Mini Grant Program: Each year the Healthier Community Initiative awards up to $1,000 grants ($10,000 total) to non-profits in the community. The grants that are awarded are in line with the health priorities that are found in our community health needs assessment.

Charities Supported by Baptist Health Floyd


Contributing to charities both locally and nationally is very important to us at Baptist Health Floyd. Our top five charities contributed to are:

  • Fund for the Arts
  • American Heart Association
  • Metro United Way
  • Carleigh’s Kicks for Kids (shoe drive for children at Our Lady of Peace)
  • Floyd Memorial Foundation

Not only is the hospital as an organization involved in the community, but our staff and employees are very involved as well. 

  • Pride Program: Our Pride Program allows nurses to participate in community events giving them insight into the prevention and early detection side of diseases. We have good participation in this program from our nurses.
  • Community Event Participation: Management council participates in an average of 5 or more community events every year and supervisors participate in two or more every year.
  • CARE for You: Every employee has the opportunity to participate in our wellness program to earn points for various health activities and volunteering.
  • Giving Back to Volunteers: Our Human Resources Department takes pride in giving back to our employees who volunteer. Hi5 points are awarded for any staff member who volunteers their time to help with a community event.

Community Awards & Recognition


Baptist Health Floyd is the largest employer in Floyd County and because of this; we are able to give to our community in many ways, which have led to recognition throughout our time giving back. We have an internal wellness program for our associates called CARE for YOU and they have received eight awards in the last 4 years due to the programming that is offered to increase the health of our associates. In addition to that, we have also received the following:

  • 2018 The Spirit of the Red Ribbon Award was received for both Carla Christie and Rebecca Didelot (HCI staff). This award honored those who have made a significant contribution toward the prevention, education, and intervention of drugs and alcohol in our community. 
  • 2014 The Spirit of the Red Ribbon Award was received by Shannon Carol (previous HCI staff) for the work that was done toward prevention, education and intervention of drugs and alcohol in health services.
  • 2014 Healthier Community Initiative received the Health Communities Institute Healthy Communities Achievement Award.