Created on Saturday, 30 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagles and the local lodge, Eagles High Point 2166, recently provided $10,000 in funding to Mary Rutan Hospital to assist with the purchase of telemetry equipment used for monitoring patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation.
“Staying up to date on new technology is critical in health care,” Michael Hoehn, MRH coordinator of cardiac rehabilitation services, said in a release. “The new equipment we were able to purchase with the help of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagles will help ensure safety for all of our patients with the most up-to-date technology available.
A monitor shows new telemetry equipment recently at Mary Rutan Hospital, while Eagles President Larry Peters demonstrates its use a on treadmill. With Mr. Peters are members of Eagles High Point 2166 lodge, from left, Chuck Peyton, past officer; John Marquis, past president; and Tom King, 2013-14 state president. Members of Mary Rutan’s Cardiac Rehab Team are shown in the back row. PHOTO | MARY RUTAN HOSPITAL
“We’ll also be able to interface with the hospital’s new electronic medical record, allowing other clinicians in the hospital direct access to important records. All of these things mean better continuity of care for our patients.”
The recent contribution continues the Eagles’ financial support of the hospital’s cardiovascular programs, with donations totaling $75,000 since 1996.
Through past financial support, the Eagles were instrumental in the Heart Partners Program, where more than 3,400 Logan County high school freshmen learned the risks for heart disease early in life, giving them the opportunity to make lifestyle changes.
In addition, the group provided funding for the Power-up 4 Fitness Program that teaches area fourth-grade students the importance of good nutrition and living an active lifestyle, as well as providing funding for heart failure patient booklets and educational materials.
Local community member and Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagle 2013-14 President Tom King has selected the Eagles Heart Fund for his annual charity and Mary Rutan Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab as his special charity for fundraising efforts during his term.
In addition to the support provided to the local hospital, the Ohio Eagles Charities supports numerous programs across the state, including their donation of $1 million over the past seven years to the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University for research programs.