OVHS&E Foundation Announces Celebration for 125 Years of Caring

Legendary Country Music Group Comes to Wheeling

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Participating in the press conference are: Steven Reese, Mason Ridge Entertainment; Jim Pennington, president and CEO of The Health Plan; Orphy Klempa, chairperson of OVHS&E Foundation Board of Directors; Lynn Wallace, president of Wallace Jewelers; and Shaun Lambert, Mason Ridge Entertainment.

Representatives from Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Foundation announced the Denim and Diamonds birthday celebration for Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital on May 23rd where the legendary country music group, Shenandoah, will perform a concert for the Ohio Valley in honor of the hospitals’ 125th birthday at WesBanco Arena.



The foundation also will be raffling a one-carat diamond, donated by Wallace Jewelers. The funds raised will benefit the OVHS&E Foundation, which supports the hospitals in providing quality healthcare. The foundation chose the Denim and Diamonds theme to give a casual, family-friendly atmosphere as a way to celebrate the dedication of employees, families, and the community relationship the hospital has had over the past 125 years.



“We are honored to have served the health care needs of the Ohio Valley community for 125 years and are proud to be a part of moving healthcare forward for many years to come,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education. “This truly marks a celebration for our hospital and we welcome the community to celebrate alongside with us.”



Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. “Next to You, Next to Me” topped the charts for three weeks and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the year and a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. Shenandoah also won the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1991.



Dr. Carlos Jiminez, an internal medicine physician with the hospitals, says that this speaks to the hospitals' longevity of caring for people in the Ohio Valley and is excited the hospital is bringing such talented musicians to celebrate the hospitals’ milestone.



“The hospitals have provided quality care for 125 years which is due in part to the dedication to the employees and leadership of the hospitals for many decades, and that is something certainly to celebrate,” said Jiminez.



The event is open to the public at a reduced ticket price of $15 and $10 tickets. A VIP reception will be held before the concert with tickets sold at $75. The VIP ticket includes floor seating, a BBQ dinner provided by R&R Smokehouse and an open bar with beer and wine. The event's presenting sponsor is The Health Plan of the Ohio Valley, Wallace Jewelers is the Diamond Sponsor and Hartley & O’Brien, PLLC are sponsoring the opening act. Other sponsorships are still available and will be announced at a later date.



“We wanted to reduce the general admission price so that our community could join us in celebration and attend the concert of a great, well-known country band like Shenandoah without reaching deeply into their pockets. We are grateful for The Health Plan, Wallace Jewelers and Hartley & O’Brien, PLLC for their support and sponsorship that allowed us to give this concert to the Ohio Valley community at a reduced price,” said Caruso.



Tickets are available online at or by calling Etix at 1-800-514-3849. Raffle tickets for the one-carat diamond are currently being sold through the hospital's marketing department for $5 a ticket or six tickets for $25. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling 304-243-8233 or from any committee member.


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