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Bootlegger’s Ball collecting ‘clams’ for Hospital Foundation

Annual Gala fundraiser successful

  • By Amanda Browning Daily News

GREENSBURG – The roaring ‘20s made a triumphant comeback with the Bootlegger’s Ball, the ninth annual Hospital Foundation of Decatur County Gala which was held April 8 at Walhill Farms in Batesville.

According to Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins, approximately 320 people attended the Gala. Though Robbins said fundraising totals are still being calculated, the 1920s-themed event raised nearly $44,000 from the games, activities and silent auction.

The money raised at the Gala will be used to support the projects and programs at Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH), as well as continuing outreach services that work to improve and maintain the health and healthcare of the community. In 2015, the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County funded community flu vaccines, housekeeping carts for environmental services at DCMH, pediatric and adult advanced life support training for healthcare providers and blood testing at the healthy fair.

The speakeasy-style of the ‘20s was in evidence everyone one looked, from the glittering flapper dresses and feathered headbands worn by the ladies to the suspenders and fedoras the men sported, not to mention the decorations, which included a photo booth complete with a car.

The best-dressed contest was a tough one, with so many people dressed to the nines. Mary Newhart was declared the winner for women, with Leslie Thackery as the runner-up. Eric Stokes won the men’s contest, and the runner-up male’s name was not available by press time. Cris and Angie Reynolds won the couples category, with Katie and Jim Grossman as the runners-up.

“The Hospital was founded in 1922, so the theme fit well with the community coming together to continue supporting it; essentially keeping the commitment made to the community back at that time. The outfits and party were just an added bonus…” Robbins said.

Upon entering, each guest was given a card for $10 in “casino chips” and two prize drawing tickets. The gaming tables in the Aspen Place Casino, which were for entertainment purposes, brought in additional donations for the Hospital Foundation as well.

“Aspen Place made the casino games possible, which not only provided great entertainment throughout the evening, but provided a means for the Foundation to attract additional donations through the prize drawing,” Robbins said.

There was a large selection of prize drawings available in which Gala attendees could enter. In addition to the two tickets each person was given, extra tickets could be earned throughout the evening. Some of the prizes up for grabs were multiple gift baskets, an office shredder and an $8,000 electric generator donated by Lohrum Electrical, as well as week-long getaway in Northern Michigan.

Darol and Toni Collins donated a week-long stay in a condo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which was entered by purchasing a string of beads and awarded in a heads or tails contest towards the end of the evening.

“We really strive to make the Gala fun, and a lot time and effort by many people go into making it happen,” Robbins said. “The fact that all those in attendance really took the theme and ran with it makes all those efforts. Everyone looked great. These events are always more successful when you can marry a great cause (health in our community) with a fun night out, and I believe our committee pulled it off quite well.”

The silent auction brought in a significant amount of funds for the Hospital Foundation, according to Robbins. The items up for purchase were widely varied. With items ranging from a three-night stay in North Carolina or a personally-engraved whiskey barrel to a selection of private dinners for parties of six or more, a Microsoft Surface Pro with keyboard or a Gangster Tour weekend in Chicago, it’s not hard to imagine why so many people were interested in the auction.

Of course, the evening wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the event’s sponsors. Robbins expressed his gratitude for all the sponsors who contributed to making this year’s gala possible. While it isn’t possible to mention them all here, each one had an important part in bringing this event to fruition.

“We can’t say enough about the support the Hospital Foundation receives from its sponsors,” Robbins said. “Many donate both volunteer time and money to these events, and it’s through such support that the committee is able to do what they want to do. This year we’d especially like to thank Morning Breeze Retirement Community (a “High-Roller” sponsor) and Aspen Place Health Campus (our “Casino Boss” sponsor) for their generous support.”

Robbins also extended his sincere thanks to the Gala Committee and its chair, Alex Henkle. According to Robbins, only those who have been through the process of planning and executing large fundraising events can truly understand “how important volunteers are, as well as how much I appreciate what they do and have done.”

Whether it was the giggle water or the glad rags that got attendees in the mood to give, the ninth annual Hospital Foundation Gala appears to have been the cat’s pajamas to those who were present. Guests showed their generosity in droves and continue to support the health of the community at large with their hard-earned money.

“We want the Gala to be a great social event that kicks-off the spring. On Friday, we had snow in the morning, rain and hail in the afternoon, a smidgeon of sun I the evening, and sleet at night… consider the Indiana spring kicked-off. We thank everyone who attended, volunteered, donated and sponsored this year’s Gala, and appreciate their support for quality healthcare in our community,” Robbins said.


Hospital Foundation Looks to Future

Posted: March 29, 2016

GREENSBURG — Thursday March 3 proved to be a rainy cold mess, but as Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins presented to a large crowd in the conference room at Decatur County Memorial Hospital, the past year for the organization has been anything but.

Robbins opened this year’s Annual Luncheon event with a review of the Foundation’s mission, emphasizing the commitment of the organization to the community, especially in the ever-changing face of healthcare: “The Hospital Foundation was founded to help the Hospital meet the diverse and evolving health needs of the community, for this generation and the next, and we honor that contract.” He provided an overview of 2015’s initiatives and events, including the 2015 Annual Gala, which raised a record $72,000; the annual “Event ‘Fore’ Caring” golf tournament, which added $16,000; the increasingly popular “Tee-off Fore Ta-Ta’s” “goofy golf” event which raised over $20,000 for the Mammogram Assistance Program, and their newest “Men’s Health Forum” which targeted males in the community and brought Colt Gary Brackett to speak. The forum planning committee was pleased with the attendance at the men’s event, and hopes it will be even bigger in November of 2016.

Various community-initiated donations were also highlighted, including efforts by The Greensburg Fire Department and GamePlan Graphics, Decatur County REMC and Nelson Tree Service, the GCHS Girls Volleyball team and WTRE. “It’s a testament to the community that individuals and organizations see a need and address it,” shared Robbins.

He then detailed what the Foundation does with the many donations they receive. $50,000 in grant funds were allotted to various hospital and community initiatives and programs in 2015, including; $5,000 for DCMH’s Flu Vaccination Clinic; $3,600 for Advanced Life Support Training, $4,000 for Environmental Service’s housekeeping carts; $3,000 for screenings at DCMH’s Healthy Fair; and $3,000 toward emergency evacuation safety chairs.

Two additional departments granted funds by the Hospital Foundation presented to the lunch crowd, highlighting for what the money was used and its impact on patient care. Director of Rehab Services Lisa Oldham provided a synopsis of the Hospital’s new Pediatric Therapy Enhancements, which includes swings, a crash pad, a tactile cube and more. Oldham explained that the playground-like constructions offer children going through physical therapy more than fun, but help the patients develop sensory skills, balance, coordination, and strength.

DCMH Home Health Care’s John Wilson followed, thanking the Foundation for funding the purchase of a portable ultrasound unit. The equipment can be used for treatment of many different conditions, including deep tissue healing and pain control. Wilson emphasized the value of its portability allowing the caretaker to bring it to the patient’s home, and provide the same benefit as in a clinical setting.

The 2015 Annual Report again provided good numbers for the organization. Foundation revenues in 2015 totaled $184,801.42 versus last year’s $172,860.40. Expenses remained steady at $155,561.35, compared to $160,921.85 incurred in 2014.

Net income rose in 2015 to $29,240.07 and the organization collected $211,377.04 in total donations in 2015, beating the $161,562.47 collected in 2014.

Robbins then turned the program over to Hospital CEO Linda Simmons, who highlighted upcoming DCMH initiatives. She apologized for the ongoing construction this past year, but showcased its results in the new Cancer Care Center and retail pharmacy. The Cancer Care center has had an increase in patient numbers and satisfaction since being moved to the fourth floor, and the focus on patient comfort has improved the experiences for both cancer and infusion patients. Renovations on the first floor have been the result of moving the Pharmacy Department closer to the action, providing quicker access to medication throughout the hospital, as well as providing the community with a retail pharmacy later this year. This will allow medications to be ready upon a patient’s discharge, after an exam, or after a clinic visit. Equally, the general public can call-in to have their prescriptions filled for easy pick-up. Simmons related this advancement along with the success of the Hospital’s Immediate Care Clinic, is another example of DCMH serving as the center for healthcare in the area.

Simmons also outlined an extremely large undertaking for the hospital staff: the adoption of a new electronic medical records system. The new Meditech system will help provide doctors with immediate access to patient records, and cut-down on paperwork. The process is over a year in the making, and launches in April.

Finally, Simmons elaborated on the Hospital’s first endeavor into behavioral health services.

Looking first to meet geriatric psychiatry needs in the community, seniors will soon be able to be treated in group sessions at the hospital, dealing with issues of depression, loss of a loved one and more. DCMH is excited at offering this service for the community, and will look to expand behavioral services as the need grows.

Robbins reminded the crowd of the upcoming 2016 Hospital Foundation Gala “Bootlegger’s Ball” on April 8th, at Walhill Farm in Batesville. He thanked the many corporate sponsors that help make the many fundraising events possible, as well as recognized outgoing Foundation Board members Cleo Duncan and George Reiger: “When I took the job approximately three years ago, I was understandably nervous… but seeing these two across the table dissolved much of that. They are each community pillars in their own right, and I’m proof that they can help anyone.”

The Director closes the luncheon by reminding attendees that 100% of donations to the Hospital Foundation go to benefit the local community, helping to keep the commitment the Hospital founders made to the area in 1922: “They believed, and we believe, quality care close by saves lives.”


Hospital Foundation’s 10th Golf Outing Enjoys Perfect Weather, Success

Posted: October 3, 2015

GREENSBURG – After the initial date for the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County’s 10th Event ‘fire’ Caring proved too wet to play, Director Bryan Robbins placed his bets on Wednesday the 23rd of September to be better—and it proved true. Twenty-two teams took to the links at the Greensburg Country Club to chase the white ball under beautiful skies and raise money for the Foundation and the projects of Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

“You couldn’t have a nicer day,” shared Robbins, a sentiment shared by the 88 golfers that participated in the event, “Whether you play well or not-so-well, at least you’re outside on a beautiful day.” Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Event “Fore” Caring has raised over $150,000 to support such programs as low-cost Flu vaccinations, the Re-Charge program targeting elementary students, iPads for therapy, Healthy Fairs throughout the county, and many more. Such programing is organized through Decatur County Memorial Hospital and provide important health benefits to the entire community. The outing is a scramble of teams of four, and features numerous side competitions throughout the day. These include a “Draw ‘Fore’ Poker” Game, hole-in-one contests, skills competitions, and a chance to putt for a gift certificate to Sullivan’s Steakhouse.

Golf is a game of patience, and that was no more evident than in this year’s competition. The team representing the Pharmacy Department of DCMH, featuring Tracy Springmeyer, Megan Schaefer, Sheri Slaven, and Brianna Scheidler, was the last team to submit their score, and walked away with 1st place at 19 under par. Brad Green, John Wilson, Dr. Noel Mungcal, and Dave Green made up the Tree City Medical Partners team that pulled-out 2nd place; 3rd place was captured by the team from North Branch Golf Course represented by Angela Gauck, Joey Dwenger, Cliff Hildebrand, and Claude Cavin; and 4th place was taken by team Eversole DDS made up of Dr. Rob Eversole, Clayton Tressler, Scott Dennett, and Roger Young.

Robbins thanked all the players, sponsors, and volunteers alike: “These types of events are always stressful to plan, but having the support of sponsors such as Lincare (who provided lunch), KJWW Engineering, Arbor Grove Village, and Collection Associates, to name a few, takes much of that pressure off. Add to that all of the players that were able to come out and the many volunteers that helped things run smoothly, and you have a successful event.” The event was chaired by Guy Folkman and Daryl Smith for the fifth year, joined by a committee including Brad Green, Jim Sturges, Randy Domingo, Cris Reynolds and Vicki Rudolf.

Robbins capped-off the day and its importance: “All who participate in these events have taken a genuine interest in healthcare in our community, and that’s special. They’re helping to fund programs that will potentially benefit all of our family and friends. Equally, they understand that a healthy community is a prosperous community, and supporting the Hospital Foundation ensures that we help stay in that path.”

Members of the Hospital Foundation Board include President Susan Burkhart, Vice President Cleo Duncan, Treasurer Cris Reynolds, Secretary Joan Eversole, George Reiger, Linda Simmons, Dr. Mary McCullough, Rheadawn Metz, Lisa Tressler, Sandy Nieman, Mary Lou Davis and Dudley Myers.


Sea of pink for ‘Tee-Off ‘fore’ Ta-Ta’s’ Goofy Golf Outing

Posted: Oct 3, 2015

On Friday, Sept. 18, North Branch Golf Course was a sea of pink: pink tutu’s, pink t-shirts, pink socks and even pick hair. No, it wasn’t a new golf league. It was the second annual “Tee-Off ‘fore’ Ta-Ta’s” Goofy Golf Outing organized by the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County. Last year’s event proved to be fun for the participants and fruitful for the Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Fund, and this year’s followed suit.

The proceeds from the event go to benefit programs that help fight breast cancer in the community, programs like the Mammogram Assistance Program for uninsured or under-insured women, and the Nurse Navigator Program, which helps guide those that do need treatment through the continuum of care process. All 176 ladies hit the links with this important cause on their mind… as well as on their costumes.

“In about the first 5 minutes of the event, you knew it was going to be another fun evening—the energy was high and the you could tell the teams had really gone all-out this year,” shared Foundation Director Bryan Robbins. “The only people not having fun were the judges of the team names and outfits—not an easy decision this year at all.” Coconut-bra-clad judges Sheriff Greg Allen and Sean Lecher settled on “The Hakuna Ma-Ta-Ta’s” (Ag Production Enterprises) as the best name and the “Mammy Grammies” (WTRE) as the best dressed.

After the awards, the teams took to their carts and tackled this year’s challenging “holes.” Pots and pans, hula-hoops, pink solo cups and bra-slingshots were all part of the course, calling upon skills and talents of all kinds. After the grueling contest, the ladies adjourned for a meal sponsored by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana and Aramark as ticket numbers were read for the evening’s fundraising raffle prizes. The event closed with the lighting and releasing of Chinese lanterns featuring personalized messages of love and support for those who are fighting or who have fought breast cancer.

“To say this was another success would be an understatement,” Robbins stated. “We had great weather, the players really took it to the next level costume-wise, they had a great time playing, and we were able to raise a lot of money for a wonderful cause… it’s the definition of a successful Ta-Ta’s event.” The Hospital Foundation was also quick to thank this year’s big sponsors: the “Double D” Sponsors SIHO Insurance and Conner Insurance, the “C-Cup” Sponsor Morning Breeze Retirement Community & Healthcare Center, and the “A-Cup” Sponsor WTRE. “We had great support again this year, from the large sponsors down to those that gave some wonderful items in our swag bags. This event isn’t possible without them,” said Robbins. The Hospital Foundation would especially like to thank the Decatur County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for committing $5,000 to the Pink Ribbon Fund again this year.

Robbins reminded that the event has its own Facebook page, and all are encouraged to check-out “Tee-off ‘fore’ Ta-Ta’s Goofy Golf Outing” for uploaded photos. Equally they would like to thank Angela Belter and the people of North Branch Golf Course, as well as all of the volunteers that helped make the evening a success. Thanks to those listed above and more, the Hospital Foundation is proud to be able to remind anyone who has delayed getting their annual mammogram due to lack of funds, to please contact the DCMH Radiology Department at (812) 663-1157.


Men’s Health Forum a Success

Posted: July 2, 2015

The first Men’s Health Forum organized by the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County on Thursday June 4 proved to be a success in more ways than one. “We had a contingent that were probably pressured by wives or other loved ones to attend, but it was a testament to our presenters that everyone had a great time and were glad they came,” shared Foundation Director Bryan Robbins. Featuring dinner and a keynote by Colts favorite Gary Brackett, Robbins shared that the purpose of the evening was to create an event to highlight the need for the men of the community to take a proactive role in their health, while providing information to help them do so. He explained that this purpose alone typically wouldn’t attract interest: “Unfortunately men tend to avoid doctors like the plague, unless, well, they have the plague. We needed a draw, and grilled pork chops and football seemed to work. Even if we did have some help from the women of the community,” Robbins admitted jokingly.

Attendees, both forced and of free will, were treated to appetizers and an assortment of health-related information booths prior to the dinner. The evening’s meal was courtesy of the Decatur County Pork Producers and grillmaster Shawn Bainbridge. Gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Crane (a North Decatur grad) provided the crowd of 100-plus with a down-to-earth and humorous presentation on the importance of healthy eating, refraining from smoking, and nurturing one’s spiritual development in attaining a healthy life. Equally, highlighting colon cancer as the #2 cancer killer in the US, Dr. Crane explained that exams such as colonoscopies can be both diagnostic and preventative. This dual benefit makes them even more important to get as recommended: “Colonoscopies can not only detect early symptoms of colon cancer, it can help remove abnormalities that could become cancerous in the future” explained Crane. Dr. Crane currently serves both as the Medical Director of the Gastroenterology program at Decatur County Memorial Hospital and Chairman of the Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology Quality Institute.

A four-minute montage of football highlights introduced the night’s keynote speaker, Gary Brackett. Mr. Brackett shared stories from his nine years as a defensive specialist for the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts, including his experience as a walk-on at Rutgers University and the difficulty of losing his father, mother, and his brother (to whom Brackett provided a bone marrow transplant)–all in the span of his first 16 months as a Colt. Where this might break many, he was committed to being strong and overcoming anything that stood before him: “I made a decision early, to never stop working to be the best that I can be, and that fueled me on and off the field.” These incidents also led him to establish his IMPACT Foundation, which focuses on the health, education, and relief of underprivileged children. Brackett also shared some of his keys to excellence covered in his new book “Winning: From Walk-on to Captain in Football and Life” and related the new challenges he’s taking on running the Gary Brackett Restaurant Group, which owns such popular names as “The Stacked Pickle” and “Georgia Reese’s Southern Table and Bar.”

The evening concluded with a giveaway to audience, with 25 random attendees walking away with signed copies of Brackett’s book, each of which Gary was willing to personalize. “He was a class act, all the way,” related Robbins. “He was humble, inspiring, and very personable with everyone. You can tell why he’s an Indy favorite, and we thank both Gary and Dr. Crane for making this a great night.” Robbins shared he’d received a number of wonderful comments from those that attended, and looks forward to next year’s forum.

The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County is dedicated to supporting the healthcare initiatives and developing funding for Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and improve the quality of life in our community. The organization’s board includes President, Susan Burkhart, Vice President, Cleo Duncan, Secretary, Joan Eversole, Treasurer, Cris Reynolds and Board members George Reiger, Rheadawn Metz, Mary Lou Davis, Lisa Tressler, Dudley Myers, Sandy Nieman, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.


 

Hospital Foundation makes a Run for the Roses

Posted: Friday, May 1, 2015 7:00 am

By Amanda Browning Daily News

GREENSBURG – The eighth annual Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) Foundation Gala started with a bang right out of the gate, with a delightful Kentucky Derby theme on April 17 at Walhill Farms in Batesville.

According to Bryan Robbins, Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County, more than 380 people attended the gala, raising $78,595. Of the nearly $80,000 raised, games and activities at the gala brought in $8,919; the silent auction raised $8,415 and the live auction netted $2,340.

The money raised at the event will be used to support the projects and programs at DCMH, as well as continuing outreach services that benefit the health of the community, Robbins said. Some of the projects funded so far this year include digital infant scales for the Well Clinic, free health screenings for the public at the DCMH Healthy Fair (June 24), pediatric therapy equipment for DCMH Rehabilitation services and blood sugar test kits to accompany the diabetes class DCMH offers.

The derby theme was in evidence everywhere one looked, from the themed games, including a virtual horseracing game that proved to be quite popular, to the gorgeous dresses and sumptuously extravagant derby hats worn by the ladies attending the gala.

“This was a great event this year—great theme, great location, great food, great sponsors and wonderful help that made it all possible,” Robbins said. “I was more than blown away by how much the ladies embraced the Kentucky Derby theme and donned extravagant creative hats. It really made the evening.”

Toward the end of the evening, winners of the derby hat contest were announced. Prizes were given to the most unique hat, as well as the overall favorite for the evening.

A massive silent auction offered guests the chance to bid on a wide variety of items, including everything from a “princess party with Miss Indiana” for little girls, to a huge selection of gift baskets, to a genuine aged bourbon barrel and so much more.

Laughter filled the banquet space at at Walhill Farms and everyone seemed to be having a great time as they took part in an enjoyable, relaxing evening. At the end of the gala, Robbins said guests were invited to take part in purchasing large “Cupcakes for a Cause” courtesy of Fifth Third Bank and Piece of Cake Catering.

Robbins expressed his gratitude for all the sponsors who contributed to making this year’s gala possible. While it isn’t possible to mention them all here, each one had an important part in bringing this event to fruition.

“We had wonderful sponsors this year: Morning Breeze stepped-up once again as a sponsor of our virtual horseracing game, which was a highlight of the evening; SIHO Insurance, Arbor Grove Village and Franciscan St. Francis Health were all great partners as Silver Sponsors, Hilliard and Lyons sponsored our Bourbon Trail live auction trip, and we had a record number of Bronze Sponsors this year.”

The eighth annual Hospital Foundation of Decatur County Gala appeared to be a wild success, with attendees showing their generosity in droves and supporting the health of the local community with their hard earned money.

“The theme (Run for the Roses) was very fitting, celebrating all of the traditions surrounding the Kentucky Derby and the Bluegrass State,” Robbins said. “In our 8th year, the Gala itself is developing its own traditions– all centered around people coming together to support quality healthcare in our community. The fact that it’s a great night out is a bonus…”


 

Hospital Foundation luncheon offers look at past, future

Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:00 am

GREENSBURG — Wednesday, March 4 proved to be a reflection on the past year at the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County, as well as an announcement of things to come as the organization held its Annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

Foundation Director Bryan Robbins opened the event with a review of the Foundation’s mission, emphasizing the importance of the organization, especially in the currently changing healthcare environment: “The Foundation was founded to aid the hospital and community, and we continue to focus on that dual purpose.” He provided an overview of 2014’s initiatives and events, including the 2014 Annual Gala, which raised $40,000; the annual “Event ‘Fore’ Caring” golf tournament, which added $16,000; and their newest event “Tee-off Fore Ta-Ta’s” which proved to be highly successful and a great time. The “goofy golf” tournament raised over $20,000 for the Mammogram Assistance Program, and the committee hopes it will be even bigger in 2015. Also giving special recognition to the fundraising work of the Cherry family in honor of their mother Colleen, and to Robert and Michelle McAuliffe for establishing their endowment to benefit the children of Decatur County, Robbins highlighted that these were great examples of the Foundation and donors meeting the community’s health needs.

Robbins then detailed $50,000 in grant funding allotted to various hospital and community initiatives and programs throughout the previous year, including; $10,000 for DCMH’s Flu Vaccination Clinic; $4,767 for OB Fetal Monitors, $4,200 for the Cancer Care Rehabilitation Program; $4,000 for screenings at DCMH’s Healthy Fair; $2,090 for a Vendormate security program; and $2,500 toward a Women’s Care power exam table.

Three additional departments granted funds by the Hospital Foundation presented to the lunch crowd, highlighting for what the money was used and its impact on patient care. Dietary’s Connie Million provided a synopsis of the Hospital’s successful Re-Charge education program, in which Hospital employees take to the local schools to teach kids about healthy eating and exercise. It is now currently offered as an after-school program that continues to grow.

Lori Hunter and Jenny Simon outlined the “Reducing Readmissions Project” of the Med/Surge Unit, which received a $5,000 grant. The program purchases home equipment and provides education for discharged patients to provide a continuum of care and keep them from be readmitted to the hospital. DCMH’s readmitance rate has fallen in the last year, and Hunter stated that this program should help lower it even more.

The Surgery/OR Department’s Jae Riedeman thanks the Foundation and its donors for the $5000 grant used toward the purchase of a warming cabinet. The device keeps warm blankets at the ideal temperature for patients either going into or returning from surgery and other services.

The 2014 Annual Report again provided good numbers for the organization. Foundation revenues in 2014 totaled $172,860 versus last year’s record of $196,914.85. Due to some adjustments expenses incurred in 2014 eclipsed those of 2013 which totaled – including grants awarded – $160,921 versus $132,504.07 in 2013. Net income in 2014 was $11,938.55 versus 2013’s record $64,410.78, and the organization collected $161,562 in donations in 2014, comparable to the $169,104.74 collected in 2013.

Robbins then turned the program over to the Hospital’s VP of Operations Eric Stokes, who spoke for a laryngitis-stricken CEO Linda Simmons. Stokes highlighted the new Immediate Care clinic and soon-to-be-launched Pain Management services offered by DCMH, both advancements for the community’s health. He then made the big announcement of a new Oncology Center to be constructed on the fourth floor of the most recent addition of the hospital. This development will largely be covered by donations made to Phase 2 of the REACH Campaign which concluded in 2013. “The Hospital made a great effort in analyzing the best and most efficient use of the donors’ money, and it was determined that this would best serve the patients and staff that make up that department,” shared Stokes.

The new facility will feature 7 infusion bays, 3 exam rooms, an education/conference room and centralized nurse’s station. Construction is expected to start as soon as late March/early April.

Robbins also stated that there would be commemoration and memorial opportunities in the new unit, and thanked the donors present for helping the hospital to build facilities “That are fit for the professional expertise and caring of the doctors and staff of our Oncology Department.”

Robbins closed with the formal announcement of the 2015 Hospital Foundation Gala, to be held at 6 p.m., April 17th, at Walhill Farm in Batesville. The theme for 2015 will be “Run for the Roses.”

He thanked those in attendance for their giving, and highlighted that the Hospital Foundation “Remains the best investment for those who want to improve our local community’s health, with 100% of our impact benefiting your family, neighbors, and friends.”

 


Hospital Foundation grants fund community health advances

Posted: Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:00 am

GREENSBURG — Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $13,970 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, and through individual donations and bequests.

Programs receiving funding this round include:

Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care Department was awarded $350 for the purchase of a patient transfer board and cast saw. These new items will allow for better patient care and safety, with the transfer board allowing for easier transfer of the patient from wheelchair to bed, and the cast saw replacing the previous model.

Equally, the DCMH Well Clinic received $356 in funds to purchase a digital infant scale to aid the staff getting accurate readings of little children. The Hospital Foundation awards small grants of $500 and under to additional projects without counting against the applying department’s per annum limit.

The Marketing Department received $4000 to fund free screenings to the community during the various Healthy Fairs held during the year. This programing provides free healthcare and screenings to those who cannot afford it otherwise, while educating community members on healthier living and lifestyles. The family-fun events encourage community members to take preventative action with their health, and to take advantage of services from DCMH. The Hospital Foundation is a proud sponsor of the community Healthy Fairs each year, and was pleased to learn attendance and participation is increasing each year.

The DCMH logo sign facing Lincoln Street will get a much needed upgrade thanks to a $3538 award to the Facilities Department. The new sign will feature the correct logo, LED lighting and also help direct visitors and patients to the ER entrance.

DCMH’s Rehabilitation Services was awarded $2900 to go towards additional therapy equipment to enhance treatments for pediatric patients. These items are specific to therapy use due to durability, weight restrictions, and anti-microbial properties. Some items will include: folding mats for the floor, a tactile cube, crash pad, a toddler swing, massager for sensory input, and glassless mirrors—all designed to alleviate or help treat conditions in children, usually from birth to the age of 18.

The Diabetes Care Unit was granted their request to purchase $1002 in A1cNow+ test kits to help those who take the diabetes class offered through DCMH accurately test what their blood sugar levels have been for the past 3 months. Tests would be done at the start of the respective classes to give the participant perspective on how their progress in managing their condition. This information should provide immediate feedback, further motivating patients to better take care of themselves and reduce the risk of complications due to the disease.

Finally, the DCMH Pharmacy was awarded $1823 toward launching the Medication Therapy Management pilot project. Through this program a specially-trained pharmacist meets with patients to educate them on proper medication use, identify patterns of medication overuse and underuse, and ensure disease states are being treated according to correct guidelines. This service complements the primary care physician’s work by summarizing medication-related information and presenting to the physician, so he or she can devote time to either a more thorough work-up or visit more patients. The initial project will focus on employees and spouses on the hospital’s insurance plan. Data will be gathered from this process and assessed to determine the expansion of the program.

According to Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, “The Hospital Foundation felt these projects both involved community outreach and enhanced the services our Hospital and its professionals provide—all for the benefit of our community’s health. From diabetes care, to community health fairs, to the enhancement of specific therapy services, DCMH continues to advance the health and wellness of our community, and we thank the donors to the Hospital Foundation for enabling that progress.”

The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Susan Burkhart, Secretary, Joan Eversole, Treasurer, Cris Reynolds and Board members Cleo Duncan, George Reiger, Rheadawn Metz, Mary Lou Davis, Lisa Tressler, Dudley Myers, Sandy Nieman, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons. In upcoming events, the Hospital Foundation’s 8th Annual Gala Fundraiser “Run for the Roses” will take place on Friday, April 17 at Walhill Farm in Batesville. For more information check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220.


Fight against breast cancer gets local boost

The fight against breast cancer got a boost from the friends and family of Colleen Cherry, as the “Colleen’s Closet” group recently contributed $3,300 to the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County in honor of the daughter, mother, and friend that meant so much to the community. The funds will be designated for Decatur County Memorial Hospital’s Mammography Assistance Program, reported Bryan Robbins, director of the Hospital Foundation.

The group raised the funds through generous donations in Colleen’s name, as well as the inaugural “Colleen Cherry 5k” fundraiser held Oct. 4. Husband Dave Cherry was happy to see the funds go to such a great cause, and shared his vision of the Colleen A. Cherry Cancer Association: “We’re extremely pleased to be supporting the Mammogram Assistance Program, and look forward to expanding beyond breast cancer to help those fighting the disease in other areas. Cancer is something that affects all aspects of life, and we’d like to help members of the community going through that process in as many ways as we can. Ideally this would include anything from paying for necessary prescriptions, providing transportation, to affording insurance premiums and/or specialty equipment.”

“Groups like these are very special–” shared Robbins: “They’ve come together out of love of a single person and a desire help others through her experience. The Hospital Foundation and DCMH sincerely appreciate the support they have provided the Mammogram Assistance Program, and are inspired by their devotion to helping the community.” Robbins highlighted the Hospital Foundation’s function as a vehicle to make an impact on the community’s health: “The initiative was obviously all theirs, and we were happy to be able to help them accomplish their initial goals. Just by talking to those involved with “Colleen’s Closet” you know that this energy will continue, and we look forward to working with them in the future. We both share a commitment to support the health of our neighbors, family and friends, and the more cooperation the better.”

Any profits Colleen’s Closet and the Cancer Association collect will be used to benefit Decatur County cancer patients and their families who may be struggling financially. The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County was organized in 1992 to support healthcare initiatives and develop funding for Decatur County Memorial Hospital and improve the quality of life in the community.


Extension Homemakers plant over 300 daffodils

Raising their shovels, trowels and other implements of destruction into the air, the Decatur County Extension Homemakers took to the campus of Decatur County Memorial Hospital to once again plant daffodils for the Hospital Foundation. In a cloud of dust they were soon finished, planting over 300 bulbs in the landscape, all set to bloom next spring and welcome visitors to the community’s health center.

The flowers were part of the Hospital Foundation’s annual Daffodil Campaign, in which generous donors give to the Foundation in memory of individuals, special occasions, extra efforts, or simply as a thank you, and an according number of daffodils are planted in honor of that purpose. Since 2007, over 2,400 daffodils have been planted and decorate the campus each spring. Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins related that over $4,000 was again raised this year, all of which will go toward funding the special equipment and program needs of DCMH. “It’s a great way to honor someone or something while giving back to the community. The blooming daffodils are sentimental reminders as visitors and patients enter our hospital.”

Contributions to the campaign are accepted throughout the year, at the Foundation’s Hospital office or online atwww.dcmh.net/Daffodil. The bulbs need to be planted in the fall, so any contributions collected after October will be included in the following year’s order and planting. Those honored may also receive additional recognition through interior plaques and an engraved exterior stone, depending on the contribution level. “It’s an especially unique way to recognize members of our community, because the funds will be staying completely local, to benefit local health.” Speaking on behalf of the Foundation Board, Robbins wished to thank all of this year’s donors, as well as organizations like the Extension Homemakers, stating: “They truly provided the green-thumb for all of this, and I helped by staying out of their way.”

The Hospital Foundation Executive Board includes: President, Susan Burkhart; Vice-President, Daryl Smith; Secretary, Nancy Sheffer; and Treasurer Cris Reynolds. Additional Board members include: Cleo Duncan, George Reiger, Dudley Myers, Lisa Tressler, Joan Eversole, Rheadawn Metz, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.

In upcoming events, next year’s 8th Annual Gala “Run for the Roses” will be held on Friday, April 17 at Wahill Farms in Batesville, IN. For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220


 

Hospital Foundation Grants Fund Community Health Advances

Greensburg — Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $16,293 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to support programs and services. Funds for the program are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the Daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, and from individual donations and bequests from caring members of our community.

Programs receiving funding this round include:

  • DCMH Workwell Occupational Health was awarded $1500 for the purchase of an automatic urine chemistry analyzer.  The new equipment will allow for comprehensive point -of-care urinalysis in routine testing, detection of early kidney disease and HCG pregnancy testing to improve clinical decisions.  This system can also connect directly into the patient’s electronic health record, providing instant assistance in the analysis process.
  • The Women’s Care Office will be more accommodating thanks to the Foundation’s $2500 contribution to a new power exam table.  This electrically-powered, fully adjustable table will enable obese, handicapped, and elderly patients to get on and off easily and comfortably during their examinations.
  • A $2500 award went to Health Information to help the Hospital make the transition from paper to electronic records.  Funds will be used for the purchase of a high-speed scanner, enabling the existing physical records to be recorded and entered on an electronic file, providing for better secured access and coordination of care between caregivers when required.
  • DCMH continues the fight against the flu in Decatur County thanks to a $5000 award given to the Infection Prevention Department of the Hospital, to help cover the costs of Flu vaccinations.  DCMH’s discount flu clinics have provided over 1600 quadrivalent flu vaccines so far this year, and the Hospital hopes the public continues to get vaccinated to help lessen flu cases this season.
  • With a $4767 award, the IT Department of DCMH will be replacing 7 fetal monitoring workstations in the OB Department.  These important computers allow nurses to monitor contractions and fetal heart rate, and will be equipped with the latest Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.  This will increase reliability and allow nurses to devote more attention to the needs of the patient.
  • Finally, the DCMH Home Health Care Department received $200 to be used toward the purchase of scales for low-income patients.  The individual scales will be used for patient weight checks, which are important in monitoring patients with Congestive Heart Failure and other heart-related diseases.

Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, highlighted how these projects are an example of how the Foundation works with DCMH to better the hospital and the community: “Our purpose is to help Hospital initiatives that allow it to advance the health and wellness of the community, and from projects as small as affording a home scale for a needy patient to ensuring the most up-to-date technology for mothers-to-be, we’re doing just that.”  Robbins attributes the ability to support these projects to donors to the Hospital Foundation: “None of this would be possible without the caring people and organizations that give to the Foundation.  They are the ones who have chosen to make a local impact to help address local health issues, and we appreciate their support.”

The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Susan Burkhart, Vice-President, Daryl Smith, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Cris Reynolds, and Board members Cleo Duncan, Joan Eversole, Dudley Myers, George Reiger, Lisa Tressler, Rheadawn Metz, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.

In upcoming events,next year’s 8th Annual Gala “Run for the Roses” will be held on Friday, April 17th at Wahill Farms in Batesville, IN .  For more information, check out www.dcmh.net/gala or call the Hospital Foundation at 663-1220


 

Tee Off ‘Fore’ Ta-tas comes to the rescue

GREENSBURG – To say that Tee Off ‘Fore’ Ta-tas was a success hardly describes the magnitude of Friday’s event at North Branch Golf Course. Carol Blasdel said the hospital had received grants for Mammography Assistance for several years from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. When donations dwindled the foundation had to make cuts. Blasdel, Mammography Supervisor at Decatur county Memorial Hospital, said “That’s when our Hospital Foundation came to the rescue.” This was a project of the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County.

The Ta-Ta committee, chaired by Susan Doerflinger Burkhart, got busy and planned an event that will be remembered for years for the merriment and for the lives that will be saved. The money raised will be used to help patients who have little or no insurance be able to afford a mammogram and also cover the costs for reading the images. All proceeds go to the DCMH Mammography Assistance Program.

Blasdel expressed her thanks in the program given to each woman at the Hospital Foundation project, “If you know of anyone who has delayed getting their annual mammogram because they can’t afford it, please help spread the word about this fund by having them call the Radiology Department (812) 663-1157.”

About 20 ‘fore’somes were hoped for, but 42 signed up. Each ‘fore’some could choose their name and the names added to the high spirits of the day: Breast Fiends, The Big Squeezes, Bosom Buddies, The Mammy Grammys, The Honda Headlights, Thanks for the Mammaries, Ladies of Santee, BooBees, Putters for Udders, The Bedazzled Babes, Crystal Coconuts, The Boobsters, Ta-Ta’s of the City and Big or Small Save Them All, and on and on.

The Ta-Ta committee was: Susan Burkhart, Chairperson, Lynzee McDowell, Vicki Rudolf, Carol Blasdel, Jan Ziegenfus, Angela Belter, Jenni Hanna, Cheryl Johnson, Molly Pierson, Jennifer Cutsinger, Shannon Allgeier and Bryan Robbins.

Sponsors included SIHO Insurance Services, Morning Breeze, WTRE 1330 AM, Tina Kramer The Learning GIFT and RBSK Partners PC.

Many donations from individuals and merchants and many vendors and Ta-Ta volunteers made the occasion one to remember. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Hospital gave the Foundation $5,000 for the DCMH Mammography Assistance Program.

The women played nine ‘out of the ordinary’ holes. Examples include the ninth hole when the ladies were to tee off with a provided frying pan and hitting the golf ball baseball style; the Bra Sling Shot was used for hole number two; and the Hula Hoop Survivor Challenge was not easy to do with everyone shaking with laughter. Other holes were played with a croquet mallet, kick balls and tennis rackets. A couple of the holes were played fairly close to the usual way.

Bryan Robbins said The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County and Decatur County Memorial Hospital would like to thank everyone for their support of the Mammogram Assistance Program and game thanks to everyone for the success of the first annual “Tee-Off ‘fore’ Ta-Ta’s.

 

The winning teams were DCMH radiology and North Branch. The best dressed team was from Letts Volunteer Fire Dept. “Save Second Base” and the best team name went to the ladies of “Thanks For Squeezing Us In.”

GREENSBURG — The skies were gray and the wind was blowing, but no rain came for this year’s Hospital Foundation “Event ‘fore’ Caring” Golf Outing.  Twenty-eight teams took to the links in search of fame and glory, and to benefit the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County and the projects of Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

According to Hospital Foundation Director Bryan Robbins, over 110 golfers participated in the event, now in its 9th year.  The Event “Fore” Caring features numerous side competitions throughout the day, including a “Draw ‘Fore’ Poker” Game, hole-in-one contests, skills competitions, and a chance to putt for an iPad Mini, in addition to the tournament itself.  The wind and weather favored those familiar with the course and it was the North Branch GC team, consisting of Angela Belter, Cliff Hildebrand, Joey Dwenger, and Joseph Gauck, that walked away with the top prize after firing a 23 under par.  Daryl Smith, Brad Smith, Tom Stewart and Blake O’Mara made up the First Federal Savings & Loan team that pulled-out 2nd place, and 3rd place was captured by the team from Arbor Grove represented by Brenda Gridley, Tony Prickel, Jeff Olsen, and Alvin Dickman.


Hospital Foundation’s 9th Annual “Event ‘fore’ Caring” a Success

This outing also featured a raffle provided by Aspen Place Health Campus, with all of the proceeds going to the Mammogram Assistance Program at DCMH.  The raffle’s theme was based on the “Tee-Off ‘fore’ Ta-Ta’s” event coming up this Friday, September 19th.

Robbins called the day a great success: “Events like these are always stressful to plan, but the time and support we received from hospital employees, volunteers and others really made the entire day run quite well.”  Robbins was happy with this year’s turnout: “It’s always wonderful to see such a large number of teams and sponsors take a genuine interest in healthcare in our community.  It’s through events like these that the Hospital Foundation is able to support the projects and programs within the hospital that benefit the health of our family neighbors and friends.”  The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County funds such programs as low-cost Flu vaccinations, the Re-Charge program targeting elementary students, iPads for therapy, Healthy Fairs throughout the county, and much more.  “We understand that a healthy community is a prosperous community, and Decatur County Memorial Hospital is a leader in that regard.  Supporting the Hospital Foundation ensures this continued progress.”

The event was chaired by Guy Folkman and Daryl Smith for the fourth year.

In addition to Folkman and Smith, the event committee included John Wilson, Brad Green, Jim Sturges, Randy Domingo, David Fry, Nancy Sheffer, Vicki Rudolf and Aaron McElhoe.

Members of the Hospital Foundation Board include President- Susan Burkhart, Vice President- Daryl Smith,  Treasurer-Cris Reynolds, Secretary-Nancy Sheffer, Cleo Duncan, George Reiger, Linda Simmons, Dr. Mary McCullough, Mary Sue McGinn, Joan Eversole, Lisa Tressler, and Dudley Myers.


 

Hospital Foundation grants help fund community health advances

Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) received $21,400 in grants from the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County to support programs and services.

Funds for the program are raised by the Hospital Foundation through the Daffodil project, special events such as the Gala and Golf Outing, and from individual donations and bequests from caring members of our community.

Programs receiving funding this round include:

• The OR/SPU Department received $5000 in funding toward the purchase of a new blanket warming cabinet to provide added comfort to patients. This important process of keeping the patient at a regulated temperature during both pre-operation and post-operation goes well beyond simply satisfying the patient’s comfort, as it can help prevent hypothermia. Equally, the new cabinet will have a larger capacity and be more accessible, enabling the staff to keep up with patient volumes.

• The community will be better prepared for the Flu season again this year thanks to a $5000 award given to the Infection Prevention Department of the Hospital, to help cover the costs of Flu vaccinations. DCMH’s free flu clinics provided over 3000 flu vaccines to the public last year, and the goal is to once again lessen the number of cases for this upcoming flu season.

• A $1500 award went to Nursing Administration to help bring DCMH to this year’s Decatur County Fair. The hospital will provide nurses and/or EMTs/Paramedics for a first aid station at the fair each night from 5 to 9 p.m. The medical staff will be on hand for first aid treatment in the event someone has a minor injury or concern, and the local EMA will provide an air conditioned trailer for the station.

• The Med/Surg Department of DCMH will be helping more people with Congestive Heart Failure and Diabetes after receiving $5000 from the Hospital Foundation. One of the hospital’s goals is to reduce the number of readmissions seen each month, and two of the leading reasons for returning patients involve complications related to these two ailments. Funds will go toward the purchase of scales, glucose meters, test strips and other supplies to educate patients and families on their use prior to being discharged from the hospital. Medicine boxes will also be purchased to help patients organize and remember to take medications, all in an effort reduce readmissions to DCMH.

• DCMH will be heading to the schools again this year for the ReCharge Project, which teaches the community’s youth about the importance of active living and healthy choices. $2500 was awarded to the Dietary Department in this grant round, to be used in purchasing supplies for the program, including free Frisbees, pedometers and water bottles for the children to take home.

• Finally, the DCMH Women’s Center received $2400 to be used toward educating their staff on the interpretation and documentation of fetal heart rate tracing. The ability to properly monitor and track this pattern will better equip the center in assessing the health of the fetus during pregnancy.

According to Bryan Robbins, Director of the Hospital Foundation, these projects are an example of how the Foundation works with DCMH to better the hospital and the community: “Our Board is dedicated to not only assuring that patients in our hospital will receive the quality care they deserve, but also to promote good health and wellness beyond our campus.” Robbins also highlighted the importance of donors to the Hospital Foundation: “None of this would be possible without the caring people and organizations that give to the Foundation. They are the ones who have chosen to make an impact on the health of the local community now and in the future, and we’re honored to be able to help do just that. Every dollar the Hospital Foundation collects goes to improve the health of our community, regardless of age, income or background.”

The Hospital Foundation Board includes President, Susan Burkhart, Vice-President, Daryl Smith, Secretary, Nancy Sheffer, Treasurer, Cris Reynolds, and Board members Cleo Duncan, Joan Eversole, Dudley Myers, George Reiger, Lisa Tressler, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough and DCMH CEO Linda Simmons.

In upcoming events, this year’s ninth annual Event “Fore” Caring Golf Outing will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10 at North Branch Golf Course. Players and sponsors are able to register online at dcmh.net/golf. Also at North Branch, the Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce the Tee-Off for the Ta’Ta’s Non-Golf Golf Tournament Friday Sept. 19. All proceeds from this fun afternoon/evening of “goofy golf” will benefit the DCMH Mammogram Assistance Program, which helps uninsured or underinsured individual receive needed breast examinations. For more information about either of these events, check out www.dcmh.net/Foundation or call the Hospital Foundation at (812)663-1220.


 

DCM Hospital Foundation welcomes board members

Earlier this year, the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County Board of Directors decided to follow in the footsteps of the Hospital Board and expand its directorship by two.

As a result of the change, the Hospital Foundation welcomes Lisa Tressler and Dudley Myers to its leadership roster. Together, along with 2014 new Board member Joan Eversole, they join current Directors Susan Burkhart, Cleo Duncan, Daryl Smith, Nancy Sheffer, Mary Sue McGinn, Dr. Mary McCullough, Linda Simmons and George Reiger.

Lisa Tressler was elected to a three-year term to be completed in 2017. Having moved to Decatur County in the 5th grade, she is a graduate of Greensburg Community High School and the IU School of Business. She and her husband, Pete, have raised three children in the community, and she is currently a partner at RBSK Partners PC, offering accounting, tax and specialty advisory services to businesses and individuals. She is very active in the community, having served on the Greensburg Community School Board of Directors, the Executive Board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Decatur County Community Foundation Investment Committee, the Pregnancy Care Center Advisory Board, and as the Youth Leader and member of the Finance Committee for the First Baptist Church.

Tressler shared: “I truly appreciate the benefits of living in Greensburg and raising a family here, and want to be a part of continuing to improve the community so others see and reap those rewards as well!”

Dudley Myers was also elected by the Foundation membership to complete a three-year term. A lifetime Decatur County resident, Myers graduated Sandusky High School and later from the Purdue Ag Banking School. He retired from the banking industry after 48.5 years, but stays quite active with the Greensburg United Methodist Church, Greensburg Lions Club, as a volunteer for Bread of Life, as a volunteer tax preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program.

Myers lives in Greensburg with his wife, Bonita, having raised two daughters: Julie Myers and Tammy (David) Baluyot; and now enjoying two granddaughters: Lauren and Allison Baluyot. Dudley stated he is looking forward to the position and felt: “It is an honor to be invited to serve on the Hospital Foundation Board.”

Joan Eversole was elected to the Hospital Foundation Board in February to replace outgoing Director Guy Folkman. She has resided in Greensburg since 1988, and she and her husband, Dr. Robert Eversole, DDS have three daughters: Jada (James) Ogle, Carlee (Jordan) Wallpe and Morgan Eversole. She has served as an Advocacy Committee member for the Pregnancy Care Center, as a Member and Council Coordinator for First Baptist Church of Greensburg, and as a past member of Tri Kappa.

Eversole understands the significance of the Hospital Foundation: “Having a hospital in our community is of the utmost importance. Without the support of our community it would be impossible to maintain a patient-orientated progressive facility.” She also encourages others to get involved: “While there are not enough hours in the day to be involved in everything, find the thing that you are passionate about and come along side that organization to help them make a difference. Decatur County is a wonderful community!”

More information about the Hospital Foundation and its activities may be found at www.dcmh.net/foundation or www.facebook.com/dcmhfoundation. Funds raised by the Hospital Foundation support the work at DCMH throughout the year. Interested donors may contact the Hospital Foundation at (812) 663-1220.

 


 

Hospital Foundation Takes Attendees to the “South Pacific”

The Hospital Foundation of Decatur County held their 7th Annual Fundraising Gala last Friday to benefit the projects and programs of Decatur County Memorial Hospital. Nearly 350 attendees were transported to Polynesia in the 1940’s with the theme “South Pacific Sunset,” complete with Hula dancers welcoming guests, an Andrews Sisters tribute group harmonizing to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and a pacific barbecue display taken straight from a luau.

This was Director Bryan Robbins’ first time overseeing the event, started under previous Director David Fry back in 2008. Robbins stated that the evening was quite an endeavor, one that takes months of planning: “Everyone said it took a large effort, and they were right. It truly highlights the importance of a great support group, and luckily the committee I had this year went above and beyond to make it happen. None of this happens without them.” Robbins also pointed-out the involvement of the various hospital departments in the silent auction, were each sector was asked to fill a small wooden crate with items they would want if they were stranded on a deserted island. “There was a lot of creativity in those crates, and it was neat to see what each department delivered. I think the attendees enjoyed investigating every little object they included.”

Another big promotion was the “Cash for Cards” game sponsored by Morning Breeze Retirement Community & Healthcare Center. Participants purchased replica vintage World War II postcards to win prizes ranging from $25 to well over $100. “Last year it was picking grapes this year it was selecting postcards—it’s always a popular promotion and a fun way to show support for the Hospital Foundation. It was especially great that Morning Breeze was able to be the sponsor again this year. The folks there are wonderful—giving both time and funding to make this a reality.” Robbins also thanked his other sponsors: Fifth Third Bank; SIHO Insurance Services and Hickory Creek at the Silver Level; and Aspen Place; Arbor Grove Village; Enhanced Telecommunications; Pepper Construction; Barnes and Thornburg LLP.; MainSource Bank; Rolfes, Garvey, Walker and Robbins Attorneys; and Enneking Auto Body at the Bronze Level. “It’s special when you have local businesses recognizing the importance of healthcare in your community, and be willing to lend their support toward fundraisers such as the Gala. It makes them a true partner dedicated to addressing the challenges our community has before it.”

Entertainment was provided by “The Ladies For Liberty”, “Indy Hula” and “The Cox Brothers” and all were well received by the audience. The Live auction saw a bidding war for two great items: a treasure chest full of themed objects commemorating the Greensburg Boys Basketball team’s back-to-back State Championships, and a three night stay in Nashville, Tennessee and passes to the CMA Musicfest.

Robbins related that he hoped all had a great time, and extended his appreciation to all that attended: “I didn’t want to be the Director that oversaw the Gala that nobody attended, so just seeing everyone felt good. It felt better to know that they all supported the work the Hospital Foundation funds, and that they would like to see it continue and expand well into the future.”

 


 

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.”