Melissa Purl, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights marketing director, spoke to the Copperas Cove Rotary Club on April 25 about the financial and medicinal impact of the hospital’s location in Harker Heights.

Seton opened in 2012 with more than 400 employees, she said. Every doctor at the hospital is a board-certified physician, which enables Seton to compete with other facilities in the region.

“It’s not all about the doctor,” Purl said. “It’s not all about the nurse. It’s about the patient.”

Scholarship, West disaster

Members discussed a $500 scholarship open to area students who apply by writing an essay on the topic: “In what ways can we personally promote peace through service?”

Helping victims of the West fertilizer plant explosion was discussed.

Seven warehouses are full of supplies for West residents and victims, said Gary Young, Copperas Cove deputy fire chief.

Volunteer organizations are turning away physical donations but are still accepting money and gift cards for groceries.

The National Fallen Firefighter Fund has set up a link on its website to donate to the families of first responders who died and to replace lost equipment, Young said.

The West Volunteer Fire Department lost three vehicles and other equipment estimated at $500,000.

People can donate to the fund at

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