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2015
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OhioHealth Doctors Hospital receives $431,200 gift from the Westside Community Fund

Funds to support two key women’s health initiatives for
Columbus’ West Side

COLUMBUS, Ohio – OhioHealth Doctors Hospital will improve women’s health and provide enhanced access to care thanks to the support of the West Side Community Fund. 

The Westside Community Fund will provide $431,200 to the OhioHealth Foundation to support two Doctors Hospital initiatives—Doctors Hospitalrenovating the Maternity Center and purchasing a new state-of-the-art tomographic mammography unit.

Renovation of the Maternity Center includes adding emergency triage rooms to meet capacity needs.  The new mammography unit will bring the most current breast cancer screening technology to the west side of Columbus. Thanks to the generosity of this funding, more vulnerable women and babies will have access to high quality care.

“This donation from the Westside Community Fund to Doctors Hospital will make it possible to improve the quality of healthcare for women in the area by providing access to prenatal as well as other inpatient and outpatient services,” said Councilmember Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee.  “The City has used the fund to enhance the lives of residents by investing in programs that strengthen our neighborhoods and build a better Columbus.”

The Westside Community Fund invests in programs that increase quality of life for residents of the west side.

“We are proud of the services we currently offer in the community to improve the health of those we serve,” added Karen Morrison, president, OhioHealth Foundation and senior vice president, OhioHealth. “These new initiatives will increase access to quality care for hundreds of women on the west side. We believe this increased access will save many lives.  And we are very grateful for the support from the Westside Community Fund.”

“We are very excited about this new partnership with the Westside Community Fund,” said Mike Reichfield, president of Doctors Hospital. “This gift will help deliver an enhanced standard of care and help meet the current and future demand for women’s health services in our community.”

As the leading women’s healthcare provider on the west side of Franklin County, Doctors Hospital serves a large proportion of medically underserved and uninsured patients who otherwise might lack access to care.

The Maternity Center realized a 9.4 percent increase in births last year with nearly 1,000 babies delivered. In addition, over 2,500 maternity emergency triage visits took place.

The number of breast cancer diagnoses has steadily increased in several west side areas in recent years. Doctors Hospital performed nearly 6,000 mammograms and identified more than 120 breast abnormalities for follow-up in 2013.  Among those served, there was a 47 percent increase in volume from medically underserved patients.

About OhioHealth

OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics and has received the honor six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for nine years in a row, 2007-2015.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.

OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.