Horizon Health holds annual meeting, welcomes new Life Members
The annual meetings of the Hospital & Medical Foundation of Paris, Inc. (HMFP) and the Paris Community Hospital Foundation, Inc. were held on Monday, June 11, in the Paris Clinic. These two legal bodies are the organizations that comprise Horizon Health.
Nolan Longest, chairman of the HMFP Board of Directors, called the first meeting to order by highlighting the recent name change to Horizon Health and the organization’s work in the community. “I love to brag about the hospital,” said Longest. “I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”
Business included welcoming new Life Members, Rick E. and Renee Craig; Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC; Anonymous; Mrs. Eugene Sunkel; and Ultragroup, LLC to the foundation, as well as a financial report and an update from the nominating committee. Martin Adams, CFO and Vice President of Finance for Horizon Health, spoke mostly about the changes to the financials since the new foundation was formed in 2017. He also highlighted successful years for both EZ Care and Senior Care. Board member David Frisse, representing the nominating committee, presented four board members for reappointment, which the membership approved: Ned Jenison, Nolan Longest, Renee Craig, and Brian Blair.
Horizon Health President and CEO Oliver Smith addressed the membership with a recap of 2017 accomplishments:
Recruitment of Dr. Laney Martin, a local family physician to begin work in 2021
Addition of Dr. Robert Blumthal, optometrist, to the Acklin-Shackelford Clinic as a visiting provider
Return of Dr. Batey, gastroenterologist from Carle. While he is doing surgical work again, he’s also expanded his time at Paris to include a GI clinic.
Development of nursing home coverage
Opening of the new EZ Care building, to include the NAL Health Clinic
Following Smith’s comments, the meeting of HMFP was adjourned, and the annual meeting of the Paris Community Hospital Foundation began. The bulk of the meeting was run by the new chairman, David Frisse. Frisse discussed the role of the Foundation and its primary objective to “support, preserve, protect, and procure funds.”
Frisse emphasized the financial strength of the foundation saying, “The difference between us and others like us is our level of economic support in our community.” He cautioned, however, that now is the time to continue to build that endowment so that the organization can remain financially secure.
“If we want to remain independent, we can’t do it standing still . . . now’s the time to put planning in place and grow the organization.”
Pictured are Nolan Longest, chairman of the HMFP Board of Directors; Renee Craig, new Life Member; Mrs. Eugene Sunkel, new Life Member; and Oliver Smith, President and CEO of Horizon Health. New members not pictured are Rick E. Craig; Dimond Bros. Insurance, LLC; Anonymous, and Ultragroup, LLC.