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Hospital advocates recognized at annual Corporation Dinner
October 24, 2013
Madison County Hospital held its 38th annual Corporation Dinner on October 10 at the
Corporation members elected Chad Eisler and Jim Slagle as new members to the Hospital Board of Trustees. Dr. Mitchell Spahn was also elected to a second three-year term.
Also recognized at the event was outgoing board member Dave Joslin. Dave completed two three-year terms on the Board of Trustees and served on both the Finance and Nominating Committees. He has also served as Chairman of the Board.
Incoming CEO Dana Engle provided the keynote talk for the event. Dana expressed his excitement to join the MCH family later this month.
"I see a very dedicated group of employees, physicians and volunteers that would be the envy of any hospital," said Dana. "I want to work with each of you to continue the effort of informing our community about MCH and ensuring them that we will do everything as a hospital to be their first choice when it comes to healthcare."
The evening also included Interim CEO Michael Browning's state of the hospital address.
Over the past year, MCH has focused on six key areas of continuous improvement including quality, service and reputation, workplace of choice, innovation and growth, productivity and efficiency, and financial performance. These areas have led to hospital initiatives such as employee stay interviews and have helped MCH earn distinctions like ranking third out of 15
The staff at MCH has also been a champion for best practices and have been invited multiple times this year to present at area conferences. On June 10, Jennifer Piccione, Chief Nursing and Clinical Services Officer; Becky Rozell, Chief Human Resources Officer; and Jennifer Clarke, Director of Organizational Development and Education, presented MCH's patient satisfaction success story at the annual Ohio Hospital Association meeting. In September, Tracy Stewart, RNC-EFM, BSN, Director of Obstetrics at
With all of the changes in healthcare that have occurred, MCH has also been active in government affairs. Representatives from the offices of both Senators Brown and Portman visited to the hospital to discuss the importance of rural hospitals to the local community and economy.
In conclusion, Michael said, “Thank you to everyone for helping me fill such a vital hospital role during the past ten months. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the public and interact directly with our patients. I look forward to continuing the work of living our mission and making a difference where we can."
The evening concluded with Dr. Mitchell Spahn presenting special awards to a hospital board member, volunteers and employees.
Anne Carter was recognized as outgoing President of the Auxiliary. Anne served a two year term as President and under her leadership, Auxiliary members celebrated reaching $1 million in giving to MCH. The Auxiliary organizes countless fundraising activities each year and runs Edie’s Place, the hospital gift shop. She has been an MCH volunteer since 2006.
Barb Geesling was recognized for receiving the Jean Smith Award for the most volunteer hours in one year. Barb currently serves as Auxiliary Secretary and volunteers at the front desk and in the gift shop. Barbara has been an MCH volunteer since May of 2010, one month after she retired from the hospital. Since that time she has accumulated 1,845 volunteer hours.
Linda Houser was recognized for volunteering more than 5,000 hours at the hospital. Linda has volunteered at MCH, been an active Auxiliary member and has delivered food to local residents with LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years.
Employees were also recognized for their years of service including Jim Walls for 25 years, Teri Turvy for 40 years and Phyllis Follrod for 50 years. Jim is a respiratory therapist in the Cardiopulmonary Department, Teri is a Central Scheduler in Patient Access and Phyllis is a registered nurse in the Obstetrics Department,
Hospital Employee of the Year, Ruth Roddy, was also honored. Ruth is a registered nurse for the Prenatal Clinic and the Patient Navigator for the