The Madison County Hospital Foundation honored 74 businesses and civic organizations at a Business Partners Breakfast June 27.
“Today our goal is twofold: to recognize all of you for making a difference in local health care and to learn more about the challenges still ahead of us. I’m truly honored to be part of this outstanding group of community leaders,” said Gary Feliks, the Foundation’s corporate gifts chairman.
Foundation President Karen Peters thanked Feliks and members of the Corporate Gifts Committee for their role in helping the Foundation reach its 2005-06 $2 million dollar goal in less than two years.
“Because of your generosity, we celebrated the conclusion of that campaign last fall, several months ahead of schedule,” she said.
Proceeds from that campaign helped to fund the hospital’s MRI/cardiopulmonary project, expansion of information technology, and renovation of the inten-sive care unit (ICU) in memory of Dr. William T. Bacon.
“Within the next month, every ICU patient will experience your generosity firsthand,” said hospital CEO Fred Kolb. “The new ICU will offer a more comfortable and healing environment for patients and their families.”
At the breakfast, Dr. A.J. Beisler addressed the fact that Madison County has the state’s highest mortality rate from breast cancer.
“The county also has a very high incidence of breast cancer, and we are determined to do something about it,” he said.
Beisler explained what breast cancer is, how a woman can reduce her risk factors, the importance of early detection and treatment, and the scope of services that are available locally.
He also announced that the Foundation’s new $2 million dollar capital campaign will help to fund educational programs, staff, and technology related to breast cancer detection and treatment.
Following Beisler’s presentation, nine new members were inducted into the hospital’s Business Partners Honor Roll: byersauto.com, Flax Law Firm, Fraternal Order of Eagles 950, the MCH H.E.A.R.T.S. Employee Giving Club, Iota Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Nelson & Ball Heating & Cooling, Open Buggy Furniture Gallery, Radiology Inc., and West Jefferson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005.
Eight other Business Partners were recognized for making additional pledges or new campaign gifts during the past year: Aladdin Temple Shrine, Battelle, B.S.T. Co., CVS/Pharmacy, Kiwanis Club of London, Madison County Area Realty Association, MCH Auxiliary, and Ohio Edison/First Energy Foundation.
Feliks made a special point to commend members of the hospital’s Auxiliary and H.E.A.R.T.S. Employee Giving Club. The Auxiliary recently added to its 45-year giving streak by donating $40,000 to help fund the purchase of a breast coil for the hospital’s new MRI unit. H.E.A.R.T.S. members consistently give back over $20,000 per year to help fund special capital and patient care projects at the hospital.
Business Partners were encouraged to consider making a new pledge for the breast cancer campaign, and to “Think Pink.” Companies and organizations that pledge $1,500 or more over the next three years will receive “No Excuses” pink t-shirts to promote breast cancer awareness.
Members of the Madison County Hospital Foun-dation’s Business Partners Honor Roll are listed below.
Pacesetters—Top honors at the gold level ($500,000 or more) go to the Madison County Hospital Auxiliary.
At the bronze level ($100,000+) are MCH H.E.A.R.T.S. Employee Giving Club, Showa Aluminum Corp., and Stanley Electric U.S. Co.
Leaders: At the Gold Level ($75,000+) is Friends of Hospice.
Giving at the Silver Level ($50,000+) are Agricultural Lands Inc., Aladdin Temple Shrine, and Battelle.
Recognized at the bronze level ($25,000+) are B.S.T. Co., Church & Dwight Co., H.V. Christopher Post 1176 & Auxiliary, Jefferson Industries Corp., London Industries, and Ohio Edison/First Energy Foundation.
Partners: At the gold level ($10,000+) are CVS/Pharmacy, The Huntington Bank, London Kiwanis Club, the MCH Medical Staff, and Radiology Inc.
Recognized at the silver level ($5,000+) are Advanced Drainage Systems, Coughlin Automotive Group, Ernie’s Medicine Shoppe, Fraternal Order of Eagles 950, FirstMerit Bank, London Rotary Club, Madison Memorial American Legion Post 105, MATCO Industries, National City Bank, the former Nichols, Stonecipher & Flax, Open Buggy Furniture Gallery, Plain City Lions Club, Ruth Lyons Fund, and Wolfe Associates.
At the bronze level ($1,500+) are Advantage Bank, Andrix & Co., Arbors at London, Buckeye Ford Mercury, byersauto.com, Charleston Pharmacy, Realtor Janie Cox, Creamer Metal Products, Dan Hatfield Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Dillion Realty, Dunlap-Hay Insurance Agency, Dwyer Bros., Fairbrook Homes, Fine Designs & Interiors, Flax Law Firm, Richard Flax – Midland Title West, The former Goodyear Plymouth Chrysler, Hankins Development, Iota Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Jay Car Construction, Kearfott Eye Group, Kronk & Scaggs Insurance, The former Londontowne Pharmacy, Madison County Area Realty Association,Madison Lawn Care, Madison Messenger, Madison Press, Madison Senior Living Community, Merchants National Bank, Mid-Ohio Oncol-ogy/Hematology, Nelson & Ball Heating & Cooling, O’Connor’s Office Products, Peters Photography, Premier Healthcare Services, Michael C. Quilter with New York Life, Rader-Lynch & Dodds, pharmacy consultant Al Renner, State Farm Agent James Peart, West Jefferson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005, Realtor Al Wilderman, and Wilson Printing & Graphics.
Business partners were invited to attend the hospital’s ICU dedication and open house from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15. The public is invited to attend, too. Following a short ceremony dedicating the new facility in memory of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Bacon, the newly remodeled unit will be open for tours. Dr. Bacon’s favorite dessert, pie and ice cream, will be served.