Leaders VALU health and human services

With a day dedicated to health care and human services, local business leaders in Auglaize County got a look into the operations of many crucial health providers.

Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity (VALU) class, which is co-sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce, toured five of the county’s health care facilities.

VALU member Tim Dickey, executive director of the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce, said he enjoyed taking a tour of the facilities at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.

After hearing a presentation from Grand Lake Health Services CEO Kevin Harian, the VALU class took a tour led by Community Outreach Coordinator Ann Larger and Administrative Assistant Jill Dickman.

“It’s fascinating,” Dickey said. “I’ve always known this was a really good hospital for this kind of area, and it’s a big resource for this area.”

Students viewed various centers in the hospital and heard from experts from each field. Some of the departments included the Cardiac Rehab Clinic, Wound Care Center, Emergency Center, Women’s Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Hospice Center and Birthing Center.

VALU members had the opportunity to see inside stress-testing rooms, trauma and treatment rooms, birthing suites and hospice suites — many of which have been remodeled. They were introduced to much of the equipment used at the hospital, including hyperbaric chambers, mammography machines and various other life-saving devices.

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.