629 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, OH 44820
The very existence of our hospitals is a tribute to the early physicians, civic leaders, and citizens whose tireless efforts and perseverance made each hospital possible. The tradition of generosity and spirit of philanthropy have always remained a part of our hospitals’ heritage. Even today, in a tough economy, our health system is able to thrive because of generous contributions. These contributions help provide local access to excellent care. In fact, it’s often those donations that give life to programs or services that may have little or no other means of funding.
The mission of Avita Health Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and to provide financial support to Galion, Bucyrus, and Ontario Hospitals in order to enhance healthcare services and to improve the well being of the residents of our communities.
Board of Directors
Dear friends of Avita,
You are an important part of our healthcare community. Strong commitment from the people of Crawford & Richland counties is what created and sustained our local hospitals and clinics from the very beginning.
Also important is the ability to have local access to a full range of healthcare services when we need them. It is through your support that we are able to continue offering those important medical services.
The sole purpose of the Avita Health Foundation is to provide financial assistance to Avita Health System. This financial support goes a long way toward ensuring we achieve our mission. All funds received are used only to benefit Bucyrus, Galion, & Ontario Hospitals, related clinics, and its patients.
By contributing to the Avita Health Foundation you leave a positive fingerprint on the future of healthcare for generations to come.
- Randy McDonald
- Matt Horn, Vice Chair
- Myles Creed, Secretary/Treasurer
- Chanel Hipp, Immediate Past Board Chair
- Nick Gesouras
- Larry Morrison
- Troy Sapp
- Dr. Eric Haus
- Dr. Gwendolyn Fang
- Marylyn Strang*
- Eric Geyer*
- Richard Harer*
- Dawn Ratliff*
- Dr. Boyd Epperson*
*indicates honorary member
- Jerome Morasko, CEO
- Mark Schneider, AHS Board Chair
- Eric Draime
- Chuck Cangelosi
Ways to Give
Patient revenue alone cannot provide for the ever-changing needs of our hospitals. As with every non-profit, Avita Health System directs its revenue back into the mission of the organization, but the rapid pace of advances in technology, reductions in reimbursement covered by government programs (ie: Medicare and Medicaid) and increases in charity care must be met with private support to sustain a high level of care. Each year, contributions range from a few dollars to thousands, and every gift is important. To that end, there are many ways of donating to Avita that can enhance your giving experience.
Avita Fund (Greatest Need)
The heart of our development efforts – benefitting programs and services of the hospitals and clinics within Avita Health System. Donors are encouraged to give annually to meet the day-to-day needs and building our base of support.
Events help get the community involved with Avita Health System. Contributions of time, in-kind donations, sponsorships, and entry fees all help us to fundraise for special needs of the Avita family.
Corporate and Foundation Giving
Corporate contributions are an important source of support to help Avita meet its needs. Areas these funds support include Avita fund, establishing endowments, funding for clinical facilities and programming, and community outreach initiatives.
Collaboration between Avita and community foundations can be a powerful catalyst to solve the most critical and impactful clinical issues and programs the hospital faces. The support Avita receives from non-profit foundations helps us achieve our mission of education and outreach, and greatly impact providing the best care to every patient, every day.
Corporate Matching Gifts help leverage increased support. The Avita Health Foundation encourages business and industry to promote their corporate matching programs to employees, and for employees to enroll in them. By adding Avita to your corporate gift matching program, you have a remarkable opportunity to multiply the impact of employee gifts.
For information about making a corporate gift, or to explore funding opportunities for matching a foundation’s interests with priority initiatives throughout Avita Health System, please contact the Avita Foundation Chief Development Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an employee, you know the power of hope, health, and healing. Your gift to the iGive Employee Campaign will help to continue to transform medicine through innovations in education, outreach, patient care, and critical support to our employees. Give to Avita and help your colleagues make it happen today.
‘In Honor Of’ and ‘In Memorial Of’ Giving
There are so many special people who touch our lives and hearts in so many ways. By making a gift to honor someone important to you or to pay tribute to the memory of a loved one who has passed away, you too will be making a difference in the lives of our patients. Your gift In Honor Of or In Memory Of someone special or a loved one will benefit the initiate or program that impacts the lives of people every day. In addition, when you make such a gift, we will notify the family or person you specify (your contribution amount remains confidential).
Today, gift planning continues to build on that legacy, while also offering Avita supporters a way to make a lasting impact at the hospital and in the communities we serve. Gift planning is a creative process that allows you to express your personal values by integrating your charitable, family and financial goals. A variety of options are available for you to plan for tomorrow, today.
In addition to making a current outright gift (writing a check, annually transferring securities, or signing a multi-year pledge to the Campaign for Avita), you can choose a life-income gift (which pays you and/or your spouse an income for life) or a testamentary gift (which occurs after your lifetime).
How to Give
Different giving vehicles offer a variety of advantages, including gift, income, estate, and capital gains tax benefits, which can maximize the benefits to your family and Avita.
- Gift Annuity
- Life Insurance
- Retirement Plan Assets and/or IRA’s
- Family Philanthropic Fund or Recommendation from Community Foundation Family Fund
Have you already provided for Avita in your estate plan? If so, thank you! Please notify us so we may welcome you as a member of our Green Diamond Legacy, a part of the Society of 1906. The support of Legacy members allows Avita to continue providing the highest-quality patient care while advancing education and outreach to the community.
If you would like more information about the Green Diamond Legacy of a specific type of deferred or income generating gift, please contact:
Chief Development Officer