Memorial Hospital of Union County's Sleep Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Memorial Hospital of Union County on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Clete Kushida, AASM president. “The center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

Since it opened its doors in 1952, Memorial Hospital of Union County has been filling a need in the community – a need for quality health care that is close to home. Over the years, the hospital has seen many changes and as the community has evolved, so have the services provided by Memorial. Many key developments were made throughout the past year to assist Memorial’s highly skilled staff in providing up-to-date, expert care.

Effective January 1, 2010 John Evans, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs, will assume the new title of Vice President of Medical Affairs Emeritus as part of his transition to retirement at the end of 2010.

Dr. Evans is the longest tenured physician on Memorial’s medical staff, serving Memorial Hospital for 45 years. During his decades of service to our local community, he has held a variety of positions, including Chief of the Coronary Care Unit, Chief of Medicine, Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, and Medical Director. In 1996, he was asked to serve in his current position to be a liaison between the hospital’s CEO, Board of Trustees, Medical Staff, and the community where medical and medical staff issues are concerned.

The Diabetes Education program at Memorial Hospital of Union County was recently re-awarded the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for having a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate ensures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994 and 2000.

Board members and executives from Memorial Hospital of Union County recently participated in a multi-hospital training, with leading national experts to help make Ohio the safest place in the nation for healthcare and reduce the overall cost of healthcare in Ohio, as part of the Solutions for Patient Safety initiative.

Memorial Hospital of Union County was named as a Top 10 Finalist for the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP)’s 2009 Hospital of the Year Award. The nationwide award is designed to find America’s most customer-friendly hospitals based on either an extensive application process or a review of a facility’s public communication and staff interaction with customers. Memorial Hospital is the only facility in Ohio to make the Top 10.

Memorial Hospital of Union County is pleased to share that five physicians on its Medical Staff were named to the 2009 – 2010 Best Doctors in America list, joining more than 40,000 other physicians from around the country. Recently recognized are pediatricians Dr. Mary S. Applegate and Dr. Justin Krueger, family physician Dr. David T. Applegate, II, cardiologist Dr. Charles J. Love, and vascular surgeon Dr. William L. Smead.

Memorial Hospital of Union County sponsored its fifth annual Holiday Card Contest for local students. The contest is for the design of the hospital’s holiday card which is sent to staff, physicians, donors, and other members of the community.

This year’s contest was open to the fourth and fifth grade students at Fairbanks Elementary School. One winner was selected by the hospital’s Board of Trustees, Medical Staff Officers and Senior Leadership Team. This year’s winner is fifth grader, Jack Iannarino. For his artistic talents, he received a $100 savings bond and a Toys ‘R’ Us gift certificate.

Ohio hospitals have elected Memorial Hospital of Union County’s President/CEO Olas A. (Chip) Hubbs, III, FACHE as one of six new Trustees-At-Large to serve on the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Board of Trustees, beginning in 2010 for the next three years.

To ensure that all patients entering its doors can feel confident about handling medical expenses incurred, Memorial Hospital of Union County has initiated a new, free financial counseling service.

“People often think of a hospital as a place to treat your physical wellbeing, like when you’re sick or injured,” remarks Shelly Reser, Director of Revenue Cycle at Memorial. “Our team also looks after the emotional wellbeing of our patients and their families. We understand that finances can be stressful during medical events, especially in current economic times. This new program is designed to meet the needs of the people in our community.”

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