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Why It Matters

Doris Jean Carmichael Baynes

Doris Jean Carmichael Baynes Foundation, Inc.

Why it Matters:

What sets the Doris Jean Carmichael Baynes Foundation, Inc. apart from other service-based, nonprofits are the relationships we develop for those we help. We are intentional about getting to know people, remembering their names, and finding out how we can help those with questions, concerns, and in need of information about healthcare and education.

The path to entering the healthcare field is not one-size-fits all. 

Not all healthcare workers need eight years of schooling and a residency before they can begin their careers. Some healthcare roles, like pharmacy technicians or medical assistants, have education options that can be completed in less time than an Associate’s degree.


Many others, like surgical technologists, radiologic technologists, physical therapist assistants and more can find themselves positioned for success with Associate’s degrees. Other roles, like nursing, offer education pathways from a Practical Nursing Diploma on up to a graduate degree. Pursuing a career in healthcare and medicine requires discipline and multiple years of higher education which could add up to a substantial cost.


An Education major prepares students to better understand the learning process as well as the different factors, including social, environmental, cultural and psychological influences, that can affect a student’s ability to learn and engage in school. Public schools have struggled for years with teacher shortages, particularly in math, science, special education and languages. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the problem. The stress of teaching in the COVID-19 era has triggered a spike in retirements and resignations.


The foundation is named after Doris Jean Carmichael Baynes. Doris was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend to everyone she knew and came into contact with. She was passionate about education and the healthcare profession. What we do matters because we assist those who are unable to afford the education expenses of pursuing degrees in healthcare and education, to increase the numbers of teachers in schools, and to address the needs of those who want to be better educated and be made more aware about healthcare related topics.

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.” —Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor

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