OVHS&E Adds Corporate Director of Development to Administrative Team

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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WHEELING, W.Va. – Michael J. Caruso, president and chief executive officer of Ohio Valley Health Services & Education Corporation, parent company of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital, has announced the addition of Laurie Labishak to its administrative team as the organizations’ new Corporate Director of Development. In her new role, Labishak will spearhead major fundraising efforts for the OVHS&E Foundation including major capital campaign initiatives and supporting the hospital’s commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care. Labishak joined the OVHS&E team in April.

“This is a challenging time for hospitals across the country, and the role of philanthropy has never been more important in enabling us to meet the current and future health care needs of our patients and our community,” said Caruso. “Laurie’s extensive experience as a development professional will be key to our fundraising efforts and major capital projects and initiatives as we enter a new and exciting phase in our organization’s future.”

Labishak, an Ohio Valley native, most recently worked with Second Wind Dreams®, an international non-profit organization granting the dreams of elders living in nursing homes and assisted living communities. As the National Membership & Chapter Development Director, Labishak worked to expand the non-profits’ activities in several communities across the country including Chicago, New Orleans, Atlantic City, San Diego, and Las Vegas including extensive work with the Ceasars Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“As a former member of the OVHS&E team, I’m thrilled to return home and work closely with the great administrative, physician, and employee team OVMC already has in place,” said Labishak. “I feel like I have come home to family here at OVHS&E, and am thrilled at the opportunity to lead this group. I’m excited to work together with our team and cultivate an even higher level of philanthropic outreach and support in our community. I’m really looking forward to taking on this new role.”

Labishak is most known in the Ohio Valley for her musical contributions over the years. In 1991, Labishak released a song worldwide in support of United States military troops serving in Desert Storm. Proceeds from the song, “Fly Our Flag for Me,” were donated to the local SOCM groups to help offset expenses for families whose loved ones had been deployed.

Labishak currently resides in the Wheeling area with her husband Michael and daughter, Micah. The couple’s son, Joey, is currently serving in the United States Air Force and is stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.

Laurie Labishak
Corporate Director of Development, OVHS&E