West Jeff woman named to DD board; Mt. Sterling man named to hospital board

(Posted Nov. 5, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

On Nov. 5, the Madison County commissioners approved two appointments.

Susie Taylor of West Jefferson is filling an unexpired term on the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities governing board. George Lohstroh of Mount Sterling will start a second term on the Madison Health governing board.

Taylor and her husband, Terry, have three children and have lived in Madison County since 1998. Their oldest child is an adult with disabilities who attended Fairhaven School in London and the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus. He currently receives services at the PCS Day Program in Marysville.

“We have benefited greatly from the board’s support,” Taylor said. She volunteered for the board position as a way to give back.

Commissioner Mark Forrest said Taylor will make a good addition to the board because she knows firsthand the challenges families face when caring for loved ones with special needs.

“She is class all the way,” added Susan Thompson, MCBDD superintendent, praising Taylor for her devotion to her child.

Taylor is a former newspaper reporter and worked in public relations for the Ohio Farm Bureau. Currently, she is a freelance writer and editor.

Her term on the MCBDD governing board starts on Jan. 1 and ends on Dec. 31, 2021, at which time she will be eligible for appointment to a full four-year term.

The board’s primary responsibility is to set policy. The county commissioners appoint five of the board’s seven members. The county probate judge appoints the other two.

Lohstroh will start his second three-year term on the Madison Health governing board on Jan. 1.

Initially, he served on the hospital’s nine-person local board, which is responsible for preserving and growing the hospital’s core assets. The local board also appoints three of its members to the hospital’s nine-member governing board, which handles key decisions related to hospital operations.

In his second term on the local board, Lohstroh was named to the governing board. Because of a two-term limit, he will be leaving the local board at the end of this year.

“It’s been a learning experience and very rewarding,” Lohstroh said about his service on both boards. He praised Dana Engle, Madison Health CEO, and the hospital’s entire leadership team for bringing the hospital to where it is today.

In addition to the three appointees from the local board, Madison Health’s governing board includes a physician, a Madison County resident, the hospital’s chief of staff, and three representatives from the hospital’s affiliate partners, Mount Carmel and Ohio State University.

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