Baptist Health Foundation Welcomes Dawn Turner

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Dawn Turner recently joined Baptist Health Foundation as the development and special event officer for the nonprofit organization’s operations in western Arkansas. 

Baptist Health Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to advance the healing ministry of Baptist Health through purposeful and philanthropic partnerships. In this new role, Turner will coordinate and implement the foundation fundraising efforts in the River Valley.

“Dawn joins our team with many years of experience in cultivating meaningful relationships,” said Lena Hayes, chief development officer of Baptist Health Foundation. “She knows and loves the community, so we are thrilled to have her help us build philanthropic partnerships that strengthen Baptist Health’s ability to provide hope and healing in the River Valley.” 

Turner most recently served as membership engagement administrator at the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, she was the advancement director for Christ the King Catholic School. The Fort Smith native earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2013. In her free time, Turner stays busy with her daughter, who plays competitive travel volleyball. 

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About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app