Rushville Republican


July 2, 2012

Two new members join RMH Foundation Board

RUSHVILLE — The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation Board is welcoming its newest members, Jim Finan and Kelly Kennedy.

Jim Finan is the Executive Director of the Rush County Economic Development Corporation. He grew up in Rushville and his career moved him up through the ranks of Vectren Energy until he moved into another career on the East Coast. He took the reins of the Rush County Economic Development Council in late 2010 and joined the RMH Foundation this spring with great enthusiasm.

"I was honored to be invited. Given my role as the director for the Rush County ECDC, I know firsthand the funding pressures associated with achieving a particular mission. The number of national and state grant opportunities is dwindling," Finan explained. "Providing reputable healthcare services means making a real effort to secure those opportunities by those willing to serve and support. I feel a strong connection in being a part of that effort."

Kelly Kennedy began her employment at Rush Memorial Hospital nine years ago and is currently a staff accountant. She joined the Foundation Board this spring in her role as the chair of the hospital's Cultivation Club.

The Cultivation Club is an organization of RMH employees and board members who, mainly through payroll deduction, generously donate and/or pledge monies to be used for hospital improvements through the RMH Foundation.

"I have lived in this community all of my life. I cannot think of a better place to raise my family. By working at Rush Memorial and living here, I see firsthand the impact the Foundation has made on the hospital," said Kennedy.

The Cultivation Club chair will now be a permanent position on the Foundation Board.

"I'm honored to serve on the Foundation Board. I've been involved with the Foundation through the Cultivation Club for nearly all of my employment here," Kennedy continued. "The Cultivation Club also holds silent auctions with funds benefiting the Foundation as well as boosting our employee moral. The Foundation has and will help pave the way for RMH's future, and I will do anything I can to help."

Brad Smith, President and CEO of Rush Memorial Hospital had this to say, "I am very pleased that Jim and Kelly decided to join The RMH Foundation Board. Both of them bring a very positive outlook towards the hospital and our community. Jim and Kelly will add a lot of value to our Board. Also, both of them truly understand the importance of having a hospital in our community not only from a patient care standpoint, but from an economic development standpoint as well. I am looking forward to working with them."

Smith continued, "The Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation is a necessary part of Rush Memorial Hospital. Tax-deductible gifts made to the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation help bridge the gap and makes certain that Rush Memorial Hospital continues to provide a quality service for years to come."

Other members of the Rush Memorial Hospital Foundation Board include: Shannon Cagle Dawson, Anne Zachery, Nancy Rice, Karen Meyer, Michele Gettinger, Julie Dragoo, Paul Barada, Sr., Tim Yazel and Linda Levi.

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