Hospitals Sign Management Agreement
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Tuesday, March 27 2012 14:52

Butler Health System and The Ellwood City Hospital Sign Management Agreement

Crystal Ball Overwhelming Success

The Boards of Trustees of the Ellwood City Hospital (ECH) and Butler Health System (BHS) announced that they have entered into a 5-year Management and Collaborative Initiatives Agreement. Under the agreement, Ray Beck, ECH President & CEO, will become a member of the BHS executive team. Mr. Beck will continue to have primary responsibility for The Ellwood City Hospital. ECH will maintain its Board of Trustees and governance structure.

Ken DeFurio, BHS President & CEO, said, “The Board of Trustees at ECH decided that it wanted a strategic partner. ECH faces the same uncertain and difficult future that challenges Butler Memorial Hospital and all U.S. hospitals. After a period of due diligence, our organizations decided that there is an excellent cultural fit, and both organizations are committed to working together to improve upon existing foundations of high quality and solid financial performance. This is proof that in these turbulent times it is possible for independent community providers to come together, work collaboratively, and do it with mutual respect – all for the betterment of the communities they serve.”

The Butler County Chamber of Commerce congratulates both organizations for their insight and spirit of cooperation.

In other Hospital News, Butler Health System Foundation’s annual Crystal Ball was held Saturday March 17 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp. The capacity crowd of guests enjoyed a “St. Patrick’s Day” celebration and raised nearly $120,000. This year’s proceeds are being directed to fund vehicles and staffing to create access to healthcare services for those in our community who have little or no transportation. BHS Foundation staff, along with a group of committee volunteers plans the event. Vicki Hinterberger of the Butler Media Group was this year’s Committee Chair.

The “Women of Legacy Award” was presented to Sue Bennitt of Butler Township. Sue has contributed to many segments of the civic community and has served on the boards of directors for several organizations. She is currently serving as chair of the BC3 Foundation. She was a founder of the Butler County Day Care Center, now known as Butler County Children’s Center, and served as president of its board of directors. She was honored with the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Junior Distinguished Service Award in 1978.

The “Women of Legacy Award” honors those who have notably contributed to the health and well-being of the Butler county community through excellence in patient care, overcoming personal illness or crisis, or improving some aspect of our community’s health. For information on donating to Butler Health System’s Foundation, please contact the Foundation at 724.284.4716.

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