Hospital district gets $250,000 Timken grant

Charles Warner Editor

October 16, 2013

UNION COUNTY — The Union Hospital District will use a $250,000 grant to help fund the purchase of a new ambulance and build a helicopter landing pad over the next two years.

The Timken Foundation is a private, charitable, family foundation established in 1934 through an initial grant by Henry H. Timken Sr., and his sisters Mrs. Amelia Bridges and Mrs. Cora Burnett. Since it was established, other members of the Timken family have contributed to the growth of the foundation which, since 1934, has disbursed more than $300 million in grants, mainly in communities which Timken Company facilities are located.

One of those communities is Union and in recent years the Timken Foundation has awarded grants to several local organizations including the Miracle League of Union County and the Union County Historical Foundation which together received a total of $145,000 from the foundation. The ranks of those local groups that have received grants from the foundation grew this week when CEO Paul Newhouse announced that the hospital district had been awarded a grant which, like those awarded to the Miracle League and the Historical Foundation, came with a requirement that the district raise funds to match the award.

“The Union Hospital District is pleased to announce that we have received a $250,000 two-year grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton,” Newhouse said Wednesday. “The full payment of the grant is contingent on raising additional outside funds for the year two project.

“For the first year of this grant, we received $130,000 toward the purchase of a new ambulance for Union County EMS,” he said. “The Union County Health Care Foundation will contribute an additional $20,000 toward this purchase. Year two of the Timken Foundation of Canton grant is a two-to-one commitment in which we will receive $120,000 with the stipulation that we raise $60,000 from the community by September 2014.”

The Miracle League and the Historical Foundation were also required by the foundation to each raise $60,000 in order to win the grants they sought.

Newhouse said that the $120,000 the district will receive in the second year of the grant will be used to help finance the construction of a helicopter pad at Wallace Thomson Hospital. He said the pad will be built in the back parking area between the hospital and the nearby CVS pharmacy. The pad will be elevated and Newhouse said a ramp will be built so that stretchers can be rolled up to a waiting helicopter from the adjacent hospital exit.

“The helicopter pad will provide a safer and more efficient method of transporting patients from Union to an area trauma center,” Newhouse said. “Currently, we must notify an ambulance to transport patients from our ER to the ball field below the hospital. The local city fire and police services must come out to clear the field and protect the area for the landing and takeoff of the helicopter ambulances at City Park ball field.”

The Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio is a separate entity from the Timken Company, but Newhouse said the decision to apply to the foundation for the grant was made after he consulted with Bob Hart, plant manager for the Timken Tyger River plant. He said Hart felt the project would benefit both Timken employees and the community as a whole and so he recommended the district apply for a grant.

Newhouse thanked both the company and the foundation for their support of the district and Union County.

“We would like to thank the Timken Foundation of Canton and the Timken Company for their generous contributions and their continued support of the Union community,” Newhouse said.

Newhouse said the district will soon begin raising the funds required by the foundation.

“In the next few weeks we will begin our fund raising efforts in the community to raise the necessary funds,” Newhouse said. “We hope that other businesses will join in as part of this much needed project.”

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com.