Memorial Health Foundation Launched

Monday, 27 October 2014 17:17

The Board of Directors of the Union County Hospital Association has created the Memorial Health Foundation to provide expanded philanthropic giving opportunities in support of the charitable mission of Memorial Hospital, Memorial Gables, and related operations. These entities were recently re-named and now reside within Memorial Health.

“The transition from the Union County Hospital Association into the Memorial Health Foundation results from a careful, year-long analysis of best practices for nonprofit entities as well as a review of federal and state regulations,” explains Chip Hubbs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Health.  “The Union County Hospital Association is the non-profit corporation formed in 1945 by local leaders to plan and build the hospital for the people of Union County. Now, that same organization, doing business as Memorial Health Foundation, will help support our next generation of growth and expanded community services.”

All gifts to the Memorial Health Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, are tax deductible. Expanded gift opportunities will include a new sustaining or annual fund (The Memorial Health Fund), charitable estate planning, and a variety of event and project sponsorship opportunities.

Chris Norman, Executive Director of Memorial Health Foundation, arrived in August to begin planning and implementation efforts. Norman is a veteran development and community relations officer with an extensive background in philanthropic management for nonprofit organizations including healthcare, higher education, and community service organizations. He can be reached at (937) 578-6098 or at christopher.norman@memorial .

Memorial Heart Failure Clinic Opens

Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:23

Pharmacists at the new Memorial Heart Failure Clinic are collaborating with doctors of heart failure patients to devise individual plans designed to improve and prolong their lives. Participants are referred by their doctors, who receive reports after each visit.

Patients with heart failure are often on highly complex medication regimens that can be difficult to follow. Clinical pharmacists help each patient organize their medications and related schedules and provide education that can improve their health: tips for diet, exercise, stress management, and tobacco cessation. The goal is preventing the progression of heart failure.

“We see our patients on a regular basis. Their first visit is typically within a week or two after a hospital stay,” explains Craig Baker, Pharm. D, MBA, Clinical Pharmacist for the Memorial Medication Therapies Center, which includes the Heart Failure Clinic. “I develop a relationship with each patient, and understand their own needs and issues. “Education and communication are key. If we reduce the amount of medication needed, we reduce the side effects and adverse effects on the body.” 

Michael Donnally, MD, board-certified Cardiologist and Medical Director for the Memorial Medication Therapies Center says “The techniques and education used at the clinic help optimize the quality of life for each patient by making the best use of all treatment options available and providing helpful oversight for their personalized care plan.”

Heart failure is one of the most common causes of hospital admissions for patients over the age of 65. There is no cure, but active involvement in managing medication and lifestyle should also be understood and supported by the patient’s family for the best outcomes. The Memorial Medication Therapies Center, featuring the Heart Failure and Anticoagulation clinics, is located at 112 Morey Drive, Suite B, Marysville. For information or questions, call (937) 578-4281.


Memorial Hospital of Union County, The Gables at Green Pastures and its related services and locations have become Memorial Health, a multi-specialty, full-service system of health and wellness services. 


Memorial Hospital of Union County Chief Financial Officer Jeff Ehlers is named in the national list of “150 hospital and health system CFOs to know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Awardees were selected for leadership in financially successful healthcare organizations.

A recent study by the Union County Health Department indicates that 62% of Union County seniors believe that falling is just a normal part of aging and 48% worry or have anxiety that they might fall..

The Union County Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Hospital of Union County, and the Union County Drug Free Coalition are partnering to hold a prescription drug “Take-Back”, a national initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), seeking to reduce pill abuse and theft.

Memorial Hospital of Union County is pleased to announce the addition of Adam Barker, MD to its team of surgeons.

Columbus Business First has named Chip Hubbs, President/CEO at Memorial Hospital of Union County, to its list of 2014 C-Suite Awards honorees, who will be celebrated at an October 30th gala featuring Les Wexner, L Brands Inc. founder and CEO, as the keynote speaker.

Memorial Hospital of Union County was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates (Columbus, OH).

Victor A. Trianfo, DO, Memorial Hospital of Union County’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review list of 500 People to Know in Healthcare.

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