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Auxiliary Defeated? Never

Editor, News-Register:

It was with great shock and surprise to read in the editor’s note of the article titled, “A History of Ohio Valley Medical Center” (Sunday, Sept. 29) that, “The auxiliary disbanded after OVMC was purchased by Alecto Healthcare Services as a for-profit hospital on June 1, 2017.” That is false.

Upon the purchase of Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) by Alecto in 2017, the OVMC Auxiliary Board Inc. (“the auxilliary”) legally separated from the hospital and incorporated as a 501C3, not-for-profit corporation. While we could not longer raise funds to support the hospital, we dedicated our organization to improving the health and wellness of our community. Alecto advised us that they fully supported the Auxiliary and intended to partner with us in our endeavors. While the Auxiliary wrote its strategic plan and began to develop programs to meet our goals, it became apparent that the hospital’s future was grim. Monies Alecto owed us were no longer regularly paid and eventually, not paid at all.

The Auxiliary was founded 129 years ago with establishment of the hospital. Through the last century, despite world wars, economic depressions and local population declines, the Auxiliary sustained and held true to its original mission: to improve the health and wellness of our community.

We, the members of the current board, decided that although our beloved hospital is no more, it is not time for us to end our endeavors. That would have been the easy thing to do.

Instead, we will be changing our name. We have important projects started and plan to be an active non-profit for many years to come.

Discouraged: Yes.

Disappointed by Alecto: Definitely.

Defeated: Never.

Members of the OVMC Auxiliary Board Inc.

Melissa Knollinger, president

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