The Renaming of the Aaron Henry Center to The William Booker Medical Center


BY: Tom Williams | July 1, 2024

Clarksdale, Mississippi – In a momentous event, the Aaron Henry Center has been officially renamed The William Booker Medical Center in honor of Dr. Booker Day, a dedicated physician who has served the community for 39 years. Dr. Booker, a proud graduate of West Tally High School where he graduated as salutatorian, has been a cornerstone of healthcare in the region.

The ceremony saw a gathering of community leaders, family, friends, and colleagues. Commissioner Bo Plunk spoke on behalf of Mayor Espy, highlighting the significance of the renaming and Dr. Booker’s contributions to the community. The Aaron Henry Center, which serves seven counties in Mississippi, will now bear the name of a man who has dedicated nearly four decades to the health and well-being of its residents.

Dr. Booker’s wife, Dorothy Booker, along with his son, daughter, sister, nephews, and nieces, were present to celebrate this milestone. The event was a testament to Dr. Booker’s impact, with numerous friends and well-wishers presenting gifts. One notable gift was the addition of an Urgent Care facility, a significant asset to the community’s healthcare services.

Senator Robert Jackson, a patient of Dr. Booker, spoke at the event, emphasizing the doctor’s unwavering commitment to his patients. Josephine Rhymes, Vice President of the board, also shared words of appreciation, reflecting on Dr. Booker’s dedication and service. State Legislator Orlando Paden was among the dignitaries in attendance, underscoring the widespread recognition of Dr. Booker’s contributions.

The William Booker Medical Center employs 160 staff members who continue to provide exceptional care under its new name. The renaming ceremony also featured a variety of vendors and activities, including Wicked Wings, Molina Healthcare, Save the Children, Unique Treats, a blood mobile, water slides, and sports memorabilia, making it a festive occasion for all attendees.

Additionally, the ceremony honored two centenarian patients, Bernice Foster and Sammie Jones, who, at 100 years old, continue to receive care at the center. Their presence was a poignant reminder of the long-lasting relationships Dr. Booker has built with his patients over the years.

Dr. Booker Day’s legacy, now enshrined in the William Booker Medical Center, will continue to inspire and serve the community, reflecting his enduring commitment to healthcare and the people of Mississippi.

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