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Madison Press: Hospital celebrates growth at annual meeting
October 27, 2016
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Madison Health supporters and leaders gathered to celebrate the hospital’s recent growth and recognize some of their own during the corporate dinner and annual meeting.

The event was held Wednesday at the London Country Club.

Three, three-year terms were filled on the hospital’s community board by corporation members.

Alan Homewood was elected to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Mitchell Spahn, who has completed two terms, the limit allowed in the organization’s bylaws. Jim Slagle was re-elected to a second term on the board. George Lohstroh will serve another term as the county commission’s appointment.

CEO Dana Engle presented the annual report, which included an update on the hospital’s upcoming $26 million expansion. The plans are in the design stage, he said.

Construction will begin in spring 2017 on a two-story, 24,000-square-foot addition at the front of the hospital. The addition will face North Main Street and cover most of the current front of the hospital, providing a new front entrance, lobby and emergency department.

To offset the cost the hospital is hoping to raise $6 million in a community campaign, and has raised $2 million so far, said Engle. He recognized the Byers Family for its recent $1 million contribution and commitment to the hospital. Board members and Madison Health employees have pledged to each give $350,000 over the next five years, respectively, he said.

Significant growth has happened in the last two years, he said. The hospital has hired 10 primary care physicians, 11 specialists and opened satellite locations in London, West Jefferson and Mount Sterling.

ER visits have increased from 14,349 in 2010 to 17,115 in 2015. Outpatient admissions are also on the rise, increasing from 25,157 in 2010 to 31,272 in 2015. The hospital is financially sound, he said, with an anticipated operating margin of $1.46 million in 2016.

Dr. Joshua Glupker, the hospital’s newest general surgeon, spoke to attendees prior to the report. A Michigan native and father of three, Glupker said he is trained to be “a head to toe surgeon.”

“I like to put my hands where most people don’t,” he said, drawing the audience’s laughter.

Hospital administration also recognized volunteers and employees.

Bethanie Gossard, a registered nurse in the oncology department, was recognized as the 2015 employee of year. Nancy Snyder was the recipient of the 2016 Jean Smith Award for volunteering 772 hours this past year.

Four Madison Health employees were recognized for their milestone years of service at the hospital: Beth Fordyce, director of pharmacy, 25 years; Lorna Sanders, sterile processing tech on the surgery team, 25 years; Chastity Harmon, environmental services team, 25 years; and Brenda McNeal, executive assistant for the administrative team, 30 years.

Andrea Chaffin can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.

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