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Barren County Fiscal Court Honored with Steward Circle Recognition

Barren County, KY – October 2, 2023 – The Barren County Fiscal Court was bestowed with the prestigious Steward Circle recognition by the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation during their annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon on September 29, 2023. This distinguished accolade was presented to the Fiscal Court in appreciation for their lifelong support and unwavering commitment to the Foundation's mission.

The TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing healthcare services, promoting wellness, and improving the overall quality of life in Barren County, is privileged to recognize the Barren County Fiscal Court for its exceptional dedication to the community. The Foundation is the philanthropic branch of TJ Regional Health and has been around since 2014. The first capital project of the Foundation was the construction of the Shanti Niketan Hospice Home, which opened its doors in 2021. Since then, we've had several smaller projects that we've done, including the TJ Sweet Seats Car Seat Program and the TJ Healthcare Heroes Serenity Garden, among others. In 2022, the long-standing Barren County non-profit Community Medical Care (which has served this community for over 20 years) became a part of the Foundation.

"We are grateful to the Barren County Fiscal Court for its support of the TJ Community Mission Foundation over the years, including all of its past support of the Community Medical Care program," stated Randy Burns, Executive Director of TJ Community Mission Foundation. At our recent Donor Appreciation Luncheon, we wanted to recognize donors who had surpassed specific benchmarks in lifetime giving with the presentation of giving level (donor circle) awards. Throughout the history of the Foundation, including donations to CMC, the Barren County fiscal court has given a total of just over $108,000, placing it in the Steward Circle of donors to the TJCMF ($100,000-250,000). We are incredibly grateful for the support of our programs from the Court and, because of it, have made a difference in the lives of citizens of Barren County for 20 years."

The Donor Appreciation Luncheon provided an ideal platform for the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation to express its gratitude for the invaluable support received from the Barren County Fiscal Court. During the event, foundation representatives highlighted the Fiscal Court's substantial contributions, which have been pivotal in advancing healthcare initiatives, supporting patient care programs, and improving access to quality healthcare services within the county.

Judge Executive Jamie Byrd expressed deep gratitude for the honor and reiterated the county's commitment to fostering a healthier, more vibrant community. "We are humbled to receive this recognition from the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation," Judge-Executive Jamie Byrd remarked. "Our commitment to the well-being of Barren County residents remains unwavering, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the foundation to ensure a brighter and healthier future for all."

The Steward Circle recognition is a great honor bestowed by the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation. It is reserved for those who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and generosity. This accolade reflects the Barren County Fiscal Court's enduring commitment to the Foundation's mission and vision of creating a healthier, happier community.

About the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation:The TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing healthcare services, promoting wellness, and improving the overall quality of life in Barren County, KY. Through the support of generous donors and partners, the foundation strives to provide exceptional healthcare experiences and ensure that everyone in the community has access to high-quality medical care. For more information about the TJ Samson Community Mission Foundation, please visit

About Barren County: Barren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,173. Its county seat is Glasgow. The county was founded on December 20, 1798, from parts of Warren and Green Counties. It was named for the Barrens, meadowlands that cover the northern third, though actually the soil is fertile. Barren County is part of the Glasgow, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Bowling Green-Glasgow, KY Combined Statistical Area. In 2007 Barren County was named the "Best Place to Live in Rural America" by Progressive Farmer Magazine. From caves and canoes to culinary delights, all the best adventures start with a little curiosity. Visit to explore all that is Barren County.

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