Monday, April 18, 2016

Skaggs Classic to support local cardiac and pulmonary rehab patients

Rex Asselin, who had open heart surgery in November 2015, is receiving cardiac rehab services at CoxHealth Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab in Branson thanks to a scholarship from Skaggs Foundation.

Charity golf tournament returns May 6 to Thousand Hills Golf Resort

Some people dread going to the gym, but not Rex Asselin. Asselin had open heart surgery in November and looks forward to going to CoxHealth Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab in Branson three times a week for his workouts.

“I feel stronger, healthier and so much better,” Asselin said.

He’s not only grateful to be regaining his health, but he’s thankful for the generosity of others who are making it all possible. Asselin is one of many patients who are able to attend rehab thanks to Skaggs Foundation’s Jan Harper Cardiac Endowment Fund. The scholarship fund makes it possible for patients like Asselin to afford necessary cardiac and pulmonary rehab following an event.

“Without the scholarship funding to be able to attend rehab, I’d be nowhere near where I am today,” he said. “I’m so thankful for the scholarship fund and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be doing rehab here, where the staff is so caring, compassionate and supportive. It means a lot to me to be able to be here.”

On average, 22 to 30 patients each month are able to receive cardiac and pulmonary rehab services through Cox Medical Center Branson thanks to the scholarship fund.

“We see patients three times a week for 12 weeks and for some patients, their deductible is as high as $50 per visit, so they’d be facing $150 a week out of pocket for rehab,” explains Hollie Holderfield, clinic nurse manager, Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab. “Many of our patients cannot afford that and without this scholarship, they wouldn’t receive the care and services they need to get stronger and healthier.”

Funds raised during Branson’s Skaggs Classic charity golf tournament will support the cardiac rehab scholarship fund as well as Skaggs Foundation’s area of greatest need fund. Branson’s Skaggs Classic will be held this year on May 6 at Thousand Hills Golf Resort.

Registration is now open for the annual four-person scramble. Corporate sponsored teams are $1,000 or individual players are $250 each. Fees include lunch and beverages as well as appetizers during a silent auction and awards ceremony. The tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start.

“Funds raised during Branson’s Skaggs Classic will be used to help improve the health and wellness of many of our friends and neighbors, like Rex Asselin, who without the Skaggs Foundation scholarship, could not afford the cardiac rehab services he needs,” said Meghan Connell, president of the Skaggs Foundation. “We have an incredible event planned this year for our golfers, including the chance to win a boat, thanks to our Hole-In-One-Sponsor, The Harbor Boat & Yacht Sales. We just need sponsors and golfers to come out, have a great time, and support this worthy cause.”

For more information about Branson’s Skaggs Classic, call Skaggs Foundation at 348-8002, email or to register, visit