Hospital Foundation Grants Fund Community Health Advances
Greensburg — Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $15,252.11 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to support programs and services. The funds are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, individual donations and bequests.
Programs receiving funding this round include:
The Department of Staff Development was awarded $3315 for the purchase of a Lifepak 12 Biphasic Defibrillator. The Lifepak will be used for emergency training of EMS, Nursing, Respiratory Therapists and community first responders including fire/rescue personnel. This will allow staff to practice and train in treating cardiac emergencies in a safe learning environment without removing the defibrillator from the emergency room. The new dedicated training defibrillator will also expand the possibility of moving simulation training out to community fire/rescue departments and county venues.
The community will be better prepared for the Flu season this year thanks to a $5000 award given to the Infection Prevention Department of the Hospital, to help cover the costs of Flu vaccinations. With an escalation of Flu-related cases reported last year, the coming year should prove a challenge as well. Each year the Hospital provides free Flu vaccinations to anyone in the county wanting protection from the influenza virus.
A $5000 grant was made to the EMS department to help fund an EMT Training Center. The center will be open to the community, and offer the EMT-Basic and EMT-Advanced training required for becoming an EMT. First responders that are often called to respond with the ambulance service are also encouraged to attend the classes.
The Radiology Department will be joining the IU Health “Cloud” thanks to a $1937.11 award from the Foundation. Currently, CD's and DVD's are used to transfer CT scan and X-ray information via the patient. By uploading the exam results to the secured, shared IU Health "Cloud" trauma surgeons will be able to access a patient's results prior to their arrival without fear of incompatible systems, offering speedier and better quality care.
According to Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, "The Hospital Foundation felt these projects addressed both community needs and enhanced the services our Hospital and its professionals provide. From effective training, to flu vaccinations, to embracing the latest technology, DCMH continues to advance the health and wellness of our community, and donors to the Hospital Foundation' can be proud to be a part of that progress.
The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Cleo Duncan, Vice-President, Susan Burkhart, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Guy Folkman and Board members Daryl Smith, George Reiger, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.
In upcoming events, this year’s 8th Annual Event "fore" Caring golf outing will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at the Greensburg Country Club. For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/golf or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.
ROBBINS NAMED HOSPITAL FOUNDATION DIRECTOR
The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County has announced the selection of Bryan Robbins as its new Director. In his new position Robbins will be working to support the healthcare initiatives of, and develop funding for, Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH.)
According to Hospital Foundation Board President Cleo Duncan, “We are so pleased to have Bryan join our Hospital Foundation and share his passion for our community and ultimately our Hospital. He brings a wealth of not-for-profit experience and an appreciation for the role our Hospital plays in the vitality of our county.
DCMH President and CEO Linda Simmons commented, “Bryan has very capably and professionally demonstrated his ability to lead, collaborate and develop funding for unique projects. We look forward to him using those talents for the advancement of our organization.”
When asked about the new position Robbins stated, “I look forward to working with the Hospital Foundation Board and the Hospital to help promote and expand DCMH services, while solidifying its position as a building block for the community’s development.”
Robbins fills the vacancy left when David Fry was named VP of Operations for DCMH. Fry held the position since 2005 and, despite the Hospital Foundation being founded in 1992, was its first Director.
Robbins is a Decatur County native and has a Bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and a Masters from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a certified Grant Administrator for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and a Certified LPA Project Coordinator. Robbins currently serves as President of the Economic Development Corporation of Greensburg/Decatur County and the Historical Society of Decatur County. He is immediate past president, and serves on the board of the Arts & Cultural Council. He also serves on the board of the Decatur County Family YMCA, is a member of Rotary International and has been involved in multiple other community initiatives including the Greensburg/Decatur County Multi-use Path Committee. He was named Business Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. Robbins, his wife Jennifer, and daughter, Dot, reside in Greensburg.
Fry Assumes New Responsibilities
Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has announced David J. Fry of Greensburg has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations. Fry had previously led the efforts of the Hospital Foundation and has been with DCMH for nearly eight years.
Linda Simmons, President & CEO of DCMH stated, “We are so pleased to welcome David to the Senior Executive Team for DCMH. As a lifelong community resident he has a deep appreciation and passion for serving our Hospital and community, which is complemented by an extensive background in business and nonprofit management. Most recently he has served as a catalyst in advancing our Foundation and helped to streamline our Marketing efforts.”
In his new role Fry will be responsible for oversight of the leadership staff in the Facilities, Dietary, IT, Materials Management, EMS, Radiology and Lab areas. As part of the Senior Executive Team he will work in conjunction with the CEO and Board of Trustees toward implementation of the Hospital’s Strategic Plan and other special projects & initiatives.
“My new position offers a unique opportunity to provide leadership to our Hospital staff and support the operational needs of our facility,” Fry said. “We are fortunate to have a Hospital of our caliber located here in Decatur County and I look forward to helping DCMH advance in new ways in what is a challenging environment for healthcare.”
Fry possesses a Masters in Philanthropic Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Non-profit Management, a Bachelor’s in Management and Communications and is a Certified Treasury Professional. He has been extremely active in the community, helping found nonprofit organizations, serving on organization boards and in leadership roles of multiple local, regional and state organizations. In addition, he has facilitated numerous retreats for organizations pursuing strategic planning and organizational development efforts.
A search committee is currently meeting to interview candidates to replace Fry in the Hospital Foundation position with the hope of naming a replacement in early June. More information regarding Decatur County Memorial Hospital is available at www.dcmh.net and the Hospital Foundation at www.dcmh.net/foundation.
MEMORIAL PROJECT HONORS MOELLER
He was known as a kind and caring man with the ability to “light up a room” and get things done. By all accounts, Del Moeller was a volunteer that gave of himself in ways that few others have, to multiple organizations. Many have said that his passing on February 26, left a void in the volunteer community. Now, a new project in his memory seeks to honor his various contributions along with his passions, and area residents are able to participate in the proposed memorial.
According to David Fry, Director of the Hospital Foundation, “Del Moeller was a consummate, model volunteer, the type of volunteer that organizations wish they could clone. In fact, I told him that several times.” Fry continued, “When a request for volunteers would be made at a meeting, the room would become strangely quiet. However, you could count on Del to break that silence and share which piece of the task he could pick-up, and most importantly he’d follow through.”
It’s obvious he had done that quite often where the Hospital was concerned. In addition to serving on the Hospital Board for eight years in the 1980’s, Del had recently completed a six- year term on the Board of the Hospital Foundation and served as the Board President in 2009-2010. He also served as the chair, or co-chair of all five of the Hospital Foundation’s golf outings and was serving as co-chair of this year’s gala event, in addition to other assistance that he’d provided the group.
“Del was definitely passionate about our Hospital and the important work it does,” Fry said. “He saw the value first hand and felt strongly that it deserved the support of the community. He was willing to dedicate his time and energy to help advance the programs and services. We were always humbled and grateful to have him help us in so many ways. His spirit and determination are sadly missed.”
According to Fry, several projects were considered to honor Moeller’s volunteer contributions but one seemed to be most appropriate, having a personal connection. “Another of Del’s passions was the Optimist Club and its ‘Avenue of Flags’ and when combined with his patriotism and concern, the idea of raising funds for a new flagpole and small healing garden seemed the best way to remember Del and help others.”
The project would require several thousand dollars to complete but nearly $1,000 in individual memorial contributions have already been received. Others that would find this an appropriate way to honor his memory may make their checks payable to the Hospital Foundation and note “Del Moeller Memorial” in the check’s memo. They can be mailed to the Hospital Foundation at 720 N. Lincoln, and notification will be provided to his family.
“When tragic situations such as these arise, we’re faced with difficult paths in the midst of grief,” Fry said. “Our hope is to channel the pain of a loss into a promising message, having a visible impact on patients and visitors for years to come. Our Board and Del’s family have agreed that the project mirrors the positive spirit and selfless giving that Del exemplified in his life.”