OVMC Auxiliary and Twigs Pledge Over $100,000 to Elevator Modernization Project

Friday, December 9, 2011

November 28, 2011


WHEELING, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and its Twigs have pledged over $100 thousand to the hospital’s elevator modernization project, providing a major boost to patient care and satisfaction as well as a benefit to employees and staff and adding to the Auxiliary’s legacy of giving that has continued to help the hospital throughout its history.

“For as long as the Auxiliary has been part of the OVMC tradition, our Auxiliary has prided itself on helping our hospital grow to meet the needs of our community,” said Gina Smith, president of the auxiliary. “The Auxiliary considers it an honor to step up to the plate, once again, to provide a major gift that will help make this most worthwhile project possible.”

The elevator modernization project, which began July 18, includes the replacement of all controllers, drives, motors, door operators, buttons and signals for each of the six elevators for the entire elevator bank in the hospital’s patient care building. The overhaul has been a welcomed renovation by patients and employees alike. Elevator #3, a patient access elevator, was the first complete renovation and certified on Wednesday, October 5 during an Auxiliary kick-off media event. Since then, an additional staff elevator has been completed and work has begun on another patient access elevator.

“The work of the OVMC Auxiliary and its individual Twigs is truly tremendous,” said George G. Couch, president and CEO of OVMC. “They’re a group of wonderful volunteers from around our community who have been committed to helping our organization for decades and continue to support us in unique ways.”

The renovations also come with several new technologies including benchmarking and remote monitoring accessibility that allow for enhanced control in case of an emergency.

“New technologies in the inner-workings of the elevators have microprocessors that will give our patients and staff a much more reliable ride,” said Brad Simms, director of safety and facilities. “Remote monitoring will give us an opportunity to monitor diagnostic points 24-hours a day, motors are designed for better life and our operators will help to ensure passenger safety as well as a much more quiet and comfortable riding experience. Issues or problems are even diagnosed before they actually happen to make sure we have ample time to repair the elevators in case of a breakdown.”

In addition to the elevator modernization project, the Auxiliary and Twigs also donated numerous patient care items throughout the hospital including cardiopulmonary monitors and hand sewn baby outfits for newborns, large screen televisions for the child and adolescent behavioral health units, new grill for cafeteria as well as lobby decorations and homemade cookies and punch during employee appreciation days during the holiday season.

To date, the OVMC Auxiliary Board has donated a total of $40 thousand and has pledged an additional $60 thousand to the elevator modernization project. In addition, all profits from the Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Gala, held earlier this month, have also been designated for the project. Various Auxiliary Twigs have also donated funds toward the elevator modernization project including: Cherry Blossom Twig, $5 thousand; Japonica Twig, $2,256; Lily Twig, $1,000 and Lotus Blossom Twig, $1,500. The hospital also received a $25 thousand grant from the Bernard McDonough Foundation.

“The members of our Auxiliary continue to be our biggest fans as we move forward toward a new chapter in our organization’s future,” said Couch. “We are so thankful for their support and look forward to honoring them through their gift and continuing to provide the highest quality of patient care to our community.”

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 1600 employees providing the only comprehensive acute and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.


Photo Caption: President and Chief Executive Officer George Couch, joined by Auxiliary President Gina Smith, Holiday Gala co-chairs Elsie Reyes and Nanci Walker, Lori Hocking and Carrie McKenzie.