Boy Scout Builds Picnic Area for OCH

Boy Scout Builds Picnic Area for OCH OCH Regional Medical Center patients, visitors, and employees can now take a break under shade trees thanks to local Boy Scout Murphy Buckner.  He is a member of Troop 14 in Starkville and started the project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in boy scouting.  As a former physical therapy patient at OCH Rehab Services, Buckner knew he wanted to give back to the hospital when it came time for his Eagle Scout project.  “It wasn’t the easiest job to do, but now that it’s complete, I’m proud I was part of something that people can use and enjoy,” said Buckner. The newly mulched area consists of a new picnic table and bench.
      OCH COO/Associate Administrator Mike Andrews said the medical center appreciates Buckner’s work. “We are honored Murphy chose to earn the rank of Eagle Scout by being a part of the growth here at OCH,” said Andrews, adding that achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is an impressive feat.   
       Buckner’s Scout Master, Russ Hayes, said the project is more about learning leadership skills than carpentry skills.  “Murphy budgeted for the project and coordinated all of the materials and man power.  He is an example of any Scout Master’s ‘dream scout,’” said Hayes.

“OCH is such an important part of this community, and we are just glad to be a part of it.”