Chamber names ‘Volunteers of the Year’

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named three recipients of the 2019 Samuel C. Schlosser Volunteer of the Year award. The honorees received the award Thursday evening during the chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner in Indianapolis.

The recipients include Ginovus Executive Managing Director Larry Gigerich, Katz, Sapper & Miller Partner Donna Niesen, and Casey Stanley, vice president of marketing and business development at Muncie-based Ontario Systems.

“Whether it’s helping shape public policy at the Statehouse that impacts a company’s bottom line or being a valuable resource for our staff, Larry, Donna and Casey have truly made a difference,” Indiana Chamber Chief Executive Officer Kevin Brinegar said in a news release. “I would like to thank them and all our volunteers who share their time and talents with us. Their leadership and expertise benefit all Hoosiers as we work together to accomplish the Chamber’s mission of making Indiana a place of great prosperity.”

Gigerich serves as chair of the chamber’s Economic Development Committee. Niesen serves on the chamber’s Tax Policy Committee, while Stanley also serves as a board and committee member at the chamber.

In addition to receiving the award, the recipients will be featured in the chamber’s BizVoice magazine.

The chamber also presented the Business Leader of the Year award to Chuck Surack, founder of Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound. Governor Eric Holcomb received the Government Leader of the Year award. Indianapolis entrepreneur John Thompson was given the Dynamic Leader of the Year award and the city of Plymouth was presented the Community of the Year award.


Seven rural Hoosier hospitals named to Top 100 list

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Seven hospitals serving rural communities in Indiana have been named Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S. by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The center is run by Chicago-based Chartis Group, a consulting, analytics and technology focused on the healthcare industry.

The index is based on a variety of factors, including market, value and finance-based categories. Chartis says the hospitals on the list received the highest overall scores among all rural and community hospitals across the country.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Here’s the list of seven Indiana hospitals to earn the achievement:

  • King’s Daughters’ Health, Madison
  • Major Hospital, Shelbyville
  • Marion General Hospital, Marion
  • Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper
  • Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington
  • Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville
  • Schneck Medical Center, Seymour

Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health has two hospitals to make the list. The health system says it’s the second straight for Parkview Noble and Parkview Huntington to be recognized as a Top 100 hospital by Chartis.

“It is such a pleasure to receive this important recognition again,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Our hospital team members take great pride in providing world-class care for every patient, and Top 100 recognition is a great reinforcement of all their hard work, patient advocacy and teamwork.”

Click here to view the entire list of top 100 rural hospitals.