The Avita Health Foundation congratulates recipients of the 2021 Visionary and Esteemed Physician Awards

  • Visionary Award – Dr. Joseph and Susan Shadeed
  • Esteemed Physician Award – Dr. Scott Foster
  • Esteemed Physician Award Posthumously – Dr. Donald Widman
  • Esteemed Physician Award Posthumously – Dr. Donald Wenner

In grateful appreciation of our donors’ generous support of the Avita Health Foundation and in celebration of the Dr. William Gates Visionary and Esteemed Physician Award recipients, the Foundation celebrated the Society of 1906. The event took place on April 6, 2022 at the Galion Theatre.

For more information, contact Chief Development Officer, Chuck Cangelosi at 216-468-0566.

About the Society of 1906 & Giving Societies

Avita Health System dates back to the founding of Bucyrus Hospital in 1906 by Dr. William C. Gates. Over the years generous physicians, employees, and volunteers have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the families of Crawford and surrounding counties through their philanthropy, time and expertise. Their commitment to provide high quality health care to our communities has created a pathway for Avita Health System and continues to inspire generosity and volunteerism in Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals.

The Society of 1906 celebrates this tradition of grant making, philanthropy, and volunteerism, while recognizing those donors and organizations who make cumulative annual contributions totaling $1,000 or more. Such support enhances Avita Health System’s ability to provide exemplary patient-centered clinical and outreach programs, and education for the benefit of our community.

In appreciation for their total annual contributions and in recognition of their grant making and philanthropic support of Avita Health System’s mission – to improve the health and wellbeing of those we serve – members of the Society of 1906 are invited to enjoy a special relationship with leadership, physicians, and clinical staff.

Annual Giving Levels

$1,000 – $4,999

Member Privileges

  • Invitations to select Avita Health Foundation and Avita Health System events
  • Recognition in the Avita Health Foundation Annual Report on Philanthropy
  • Invitation to Avita Health Foundation’s Annual Society of 1906 Recognition Evening

ADVISOR

$5,000 – $9,999

Member Privileges

All Sponsor Member privileges, plus:

  • Invitations to exclusive Avita Health Foundation and Avita Health System events
  • Unique opportunities to connect with Avita Health System leaders and physicians

FELLOW

$10,000 – $24,999

Member Privileges

All Advisor Member privileges, plus:

  • Receipt of the Health System Update, quarterly CEO-authored electronic updates

FOUNDER

$25,000 and above

Member Privileges

All Fellow Member privileges, plus:

  • Opportunity to participate in exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences

Esteemed Physician Award for Community Impact

The Esteemed Physician Award is given to the physician who consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine, is looked upon as a role model by his or her colleagues, patients, and peers, and demonstrates commitment to community. This award is open to all physicians associated with Avita Health System.

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. 5 years or longer in Avita Health System
  2. Can nominate Physicians retired or posthumously
  3. Community involvement
  4. Leadership and collaboration
  5. Outcomes and quality
  6. Clinical skills and innovation

Make your nomination now.

2021 Esteemed Physician Award Recipient

Scott Foster, MD
Joint Replacement

The Avita Health Foundation Esteemed Physician Award is the highest honor awarded annually to an exceptional clinician, educator, and leader who has had tremendous impact on Avita Health System, its patients, and the community. The recipient of the 2021 award is Scott Foster, MD, the only fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon in our region, who is board-certified in orthopedics, specializing in total and partial joint replacements and revisions of the hip and knee.

After completing his medical training, including a fellowship in adult reconstruction at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Foster, a Mansfield native, returned home with a vision of establishing a dedicated care unit, efficiently and effectively managed within a smaller community based hospital that is capable of performing highly focused patient care and delivering on outcomes and experience. “Dr. Foster and I shared a common vision for his program and believed the potential for innovation he would bring to this area would be unmatched. Without having done a single case at Avita, I hired his entire team. I agreed to renovate a section of Galion Hospital and helped him make changes to pathways to focus on consistency in care and the patient experience. From that point, Dr. Foster nurtured the program into the overwhelmingly success it has become today,” stated Jerry Morasko, President and CEO at Avita Health System.

Dr. Foster and his team deliver an innovative experience to patients that elevate the reputation of Avita’s joint replacement program in our community, region, and throughout Ohio. The joint replacement program offers many unique benefits for patients, including a comprehensive joint camp and a family concierge program. “Dr. Foster understands what it takes to build a successful program in a rural area. He is passionate about his patients and staff and is completely invested in patient outcomes and quality of care,” added Jerry Morasko.

Consistently receiving high patient satisfaction scores, Dr. Foster personally invests in the success of his patients’ total joint replacement journey. The quality of care and communication from him and his team, especially throughout the pandemic, place him at the top of his field, earning him respect from fellow physicians and colleagues.

Dr. Foster and his wife Jennifer continue to be engaged, philanthropic, and supportive of the Avita Health Foundation, Women’s Auxiliary, local schools, and many other community endeavors. “We realize how important it is to be involved in causes that are important to us and the very communities Avita serves.” said Dr. Foster.

Visionary Award

The Visionary Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a benefactor of Avita Health System and pays tribute to the recipient’s exceptional generosity, dedication, hospitality, and civic vision. The award recognizes one or more benefactors who contribute outstanding commitment, leadership, ambassadorship, and generosity on behalf of our patients and their families, the people of Avita Health System, and the communities we serve. The Visionary Award recipient personifies humanity, compassion, and the essence of philanthropy and inspires others to help advance the Mission of Avita Health System and the Avita Health Foundation.

Make your nomination now.

2021 Visionary Award Recipients

Dr. Joseph and Susan Shadeed

The Visionary Award honors philanthropists and volunteers whose efforts exhibit, by action and deed over an extended period of time, exceptional service and dedication in our community, to the Avita Health System and its causes, and who contributions have left a permanent mark in its history. By many accounts, Dr. Joseph and Susan Shadeed, who continue to demonstrate this commitment and appreciation of “community” year after year, project after project, contribution after contribution, significantly demonstrate these qualities.

“It has been a privilege to work with Dr. Shadeed as past chair and board member the past eleven years. He has incredible understanding of the community, amazing leadership skills, and makes decisions based on integrity and a balanced point of view. I know our Board and leadership benefit from his business acumen, understanding of governance, and commitment to mission,” stated Jerry Morasko, President & CEO of Avita Health System.

“Volunteering in the Gift Shop and with the Women’s Auxiliary of Bucyrus Hospital has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only have I served those in need and been able to support such important causes that effect the community and hospital, I’ve made lifelong friends along the way,” said Sue Shadeed. The Shadeeds raised three children in Bucyrus. Dr. Shadeed built a successful orthodontic practice in Bucyrus and Galion. They have served and supported many important causes and organizations over a 40-year period, including Avita, Holy Trinity Parish, Bucyrus Schools, YMCA, Crawford County Partnership, and the Community Foundation for Crawford County, where Dr. Shadeed currently holds the position as board chair. He was inducted into the North Central State College Hall of Excellence in 2019. Susan continues to be active in the Bucyrus Women’s Auxiliary and Avita Bucyrus Hospital Gift Shop where she is treasurer and buyer.

Esteemed Physician Award Honorary or Posthumously

The Esteemed Physician Award (Honorary or Posthumously) is presented to a retired physician or the family of a physician who demonstrated high standards in the practice of medicine, was looked upon as a role model by their colleagues, patients, and peers, demonstrated commitment to community, and is/was philanthropic to the Avita Health Foundation (Bucyrus or Galion Foundation). This award is open to all former physicians associated with Avita Health System (Bucyrus or Galion Hospitals).

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. 5 years or longer in practice within Avita Health System
  2. Retired or Deceased
  3. Community Involvement
  4. Leadership and Collaboration
  5. Outcomes and Quality
  6. Community Outreach and Philanthropic Support

2021 Esteemed Physician Award Recipients
(Honorary or Posthumously)

Donald Wenner, MD

Avita Health Foundation honors Dr. Donald Wenner for his outstanding career as a physician, philanthropist, and volunteer by awarding him the highest honor bestowed upon an Avita physician posthumously – the 2021 Esteemed Physician Award.

Dr. Donald Wenner was born August 1920, in Sycamore and was raised in Carey, Ohio. After graduating from Carey High School, he attended Miami University for two years, then transferred to The Ohio State University and entered medical school. After graduation, he served his country in the Navy for nearly two years taking care of wounded soldiers who were to be discharged. Upon his return, he took a one-year internal medicine residency at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati before setting up private practice in Bucyrus Hospital. He was called back to active duty in the Navy in October 1952, during the Korean War. He was discharged in May 1954 and returned to his practice of family medicine and anesthesiology in Bucyrus.

While at OSU he met nursing student Margaret “Peg” Noble (deceased).  They married in September, 1944. They had four children: Steven, Becky (deceased), Susan and Craig (deceased). He had four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Wenner continued his career in general practice, however, with an emphasis in OB/GYN, he delivered hundreds of babies over the years. Later in his career he decided to go back to school as he became passionate about anesthesiology and cardiology. He practiced medicine more than 47 years, until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Wenner was an author, researcher, camper and fisherman. He was an Ohio State football fan and season ticket holder for more than 25 years. He was a community philanthropist and volunteer for many organizations. Dr. Wenner was a lifetime member at St. Paul Lutheran Church, established The Donald and Margaret Wenner Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Crawford County, and supported two expansion campaigns at Bucyrus Hospital. Dr. Wenner was a longtime member of Bucyrus Kiwanis, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity and served on the Bucyrus School Board.

Dr. Wenner lived to celebrate his 100th birthday. Family and friends say he was an inspiration to everyone he knew, he always saw the positive in everyone, that he loved and cared for his family, and found deep comfort in his religious faith. “Dr. Wenner had great energy and was involved in every aspect of leadership at Bucyrus Hospital. His impact on family, civic and philanthropic organizations, and projects in the community was profound. He just loved to talk about his family, faith, community, and the hospital. He was instrumental in helping our foundation establish the Esteemed Physician Award,” said Chuck Cangelosi, Chief Development Officer of Avita Health Foundation.

Donald Widman, MD

Dr. Donald Widman’s decision to become a physician and radiologist was the most important part of his life, next to his family and serving his country. “He was fantastic in clinic, deeply involved in our community, and an important member of hospital’s board of directors,” stated Charlie Walker of Galion. Avita Health Foundation honors Dr. Widman as an outstanding physician, philanthropist, and volunteer by awarding him the highest honor bestowed upon an Avita physician posthumously – the 2021 Esteemed Physician Award.

Dr. Donald Widman was born and raised in Bucyrus. He graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1952, Miami University in 1956, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1960, and his residency in radiology at Indiana University. He served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. Upon his return, in October 1966 he began his career treating patients at Galion Community Hospital. He served the hospital for more than 33 years until his retirement in 1999, where he held roles as Director of the Department of Radiology and Chief of Staff. “He was an excellent physician and radiologist, integral part of the clinical care team for more than 33 years, and patients trusted him,” stated Dr. James Goudy of Avita Health System.

He served the community as a member of Galion Community Hospital Board of Directors, United Bank’s Board of Directors, the Galion Betterment Commission, and was a Vice President of Galion Booster Club. Dr. Widman was chairman of committee to build Galion tennis courts and was director of the Pickle Run tennis tournaments in Crawford County.  

Dr. Widman and his wife Susan raised three children in Galion. They were longtime members of First Lutheran Church of Galion, Galion Community Center, YMCA, and Galion Country Club, having supported many of their initiatives, as well as those of the Galion Community Hospital Foundation. Dr. Widman was a supporter of youth recreational activities, including football, baseball, skiing, and tennis. In retirement, Dr. Widman enjoyed spending time with family and eight grandchildren at the cottage in Crystal Lake Michigan. He liked to play golf and had a passion for sailing with friends as a member of the Mansfield Sailing Club. Dr. Widman passed away in May 2020 and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susan (Heckenhauer) Widman, whom he married July 12, 1958.

Nominate an Esteemed Physician or Visionary

President’s Circle

President’s Circle recognition is presented to those individuals and organizations who’s lifetime grant making, philanthropic, or sponsorships commitments in support of Avita Health System: Avita Bucyrus, Avita Galion, Avita Ontario – exceeds $100,000.

Members

  • Brent and Katie Gledhill
  • CareSource
  • Community Foundation for Crawford County
  • Covert Manufacturing
  • Dayco Swan Company
  • Donald* and Rodella Covert
  • Dr. Boyd and Anne Epperson
  • Dr. Joseph and Susan Shadeed
  • Eagle Crusher Company
  • Egbert M. Freese Foundation
  • Estate of John Geiger*
  • Eugene “Vic” and Elizabeth “Betty” Smith*
  • Farmers Citizen Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Federal Community Bank
  • Foundation for a Healthy Community
  • Gayle Gorman Green
  • Geyer’s Corporation
  • Gladys Schrag Trust*
  • Heckert Trust*
  • Henry M. Egner*
  • Jerome and Stella Morasko
  • John Q. Shunk Fund*
  • Kenneth B. Cummins*
  • Matt and Linda Smith
  • Ohio Crane Company
  • Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
  • Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
  • Ralph E. Boyd Foundation and Family Trust
  • Timken Foundation
  • Walter Hessenauer Foundation

*deceased

Green Diamond Legacy

Green Diamond Legacy recognizes and celebrates the generosity of friends and supporters who have made an estate, endowed, or other planned gift to Avita. 

You can become a member through one of more of the following gift options:

  • Name Avita as a beneficiary in your will or trust
  • Establish a life-income gift with Avita, such as a charitable gift annuity
  • Create a deferred gift arrangement naming Avita as the beneficiary
  • Create, designate, or transfer your life insurance policy to Avita
  • Designate retirement plan assets or make a direct distribution from your IRA to Avita
  • Establish an endowed position, lecture or named fund at Avita
  • Recommend a distribution of the remainder of your donor advised fund to Avita or name Avita as your successor advisor
  • Gift the remainder interest in your home or farm to Avita

When you complete your estate plans, please consider filling out our Green Diamond Legacy communication form below to let us know. To show our appreciation and gratitude, we welcome you into our Green Diamond Legacy.

Membership Benefits:

  • You become a lifetime member of the Society of 1906.
  • Your membership allows us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.
  • Receive immediate visual recognition for commitments or promise to contribute.
  • The most important benefit you will receive from joining Green Diamond Legacy is the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction from making a lasting contribution to our long-term success of Avita Health System and our mission to improve the health and well-being of all the patients we serve in our community for generations to come. 

If you have any questions, please contact our Chief Development Officer, Chuck Cangelosi, at 419-468-0566 or ccangelosi@avitahs.org.

Communication Form

William C. Gates, MD/Society of 1906

William C. Gates, MD/Society of 1906 recognition is presented to those individuals and organizations who’s lifetime grant making, philanthropic, or sponsorships commitments in support of Avita Health System: Avita Bucyrus, Avita Galion, Avita Ontario – exceeds $1,000,000.

Members

  • Avita Health Foundation
  • Bucyrus Women’s Auxiliary
  • Galion Women’s Auxiliary
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Ohio Department of Health

White Coat Ceremony – a Special Celebration of Donors who Achieve Membership in the William C. Gates, MD/Society of 1906

The white coat is a symbol of a physician’s contributions, sacrifice, and scientific approach to medicine.  It is a unifying symbol of the Physicians commitment to delivering care in a professional, caring, honest, and trusting way which our patients seek every day.  White coats are presented by Avita Physicians to individual donors and organizations symbolizing that we stand together with our most significant supporters of the Avita Health Foundation and Avita Health System, in our continued efforts to build Avita into the strongest, patient centered, comprehensive healthcare organization in our region.

Society of 1906 Recognition Evening

Friends and donors of the Avita Health Foundation and Avita Health System gathered on April 6, 2022, at the Galion Theatre for the Annual Celebration of the Society of 1906. Foundation Board Chair, Chanel Hipp, and the Chief Development Officer, Chuck Cangelosi, thanked donors to the Foundation for gifts, grants, sponsorships, and pledges that exceeded $1.2 million in 2021. Tribute videos of the recipients on the theatre’s big screen highlighted the recognition portion of the ceremony and created a celebratory and fun environment for the evening.

Avita’s third annual event honored its most generous donors and friends at the elegant Celebration of the Society of 1906. This year, the Foundation recognized four exceptional families, who received the prestigious Visionary Award, the Esteemed Physician Award, and two Posthumous Esteemed Physician Awards. Read each of their stories and watch their videos by clicking on each award.

Visionary Award

Esteemed Physician Award

Posthumous Esteemed Physician Award

Past Award Recipients

2020

Esteemed Physician Award
for Community Impact

James D. Heddleson, DO
Pulmonology, Critical Care

Visionary Award

Charles and Marian Walker

Esteemed Physician Award
(Honorary or Posthumously)

Dr. Robert L. Solt, JR.
Dr. Bernard Mansfield

2019

Esteemed Physician Award
for Community Impact

Tyler Huggins, MD
OB/GYN

Visionary Award

Dr. Boyd & Anne Epperson