Foundation Donates New Courtesy Van


Area residents will begin seeing a new van traveling the county’s roads, bringing a vital service to disabled individuals who do not have access to transportation to their medical appointments.

Harrison County Community Hospital recently began transporting patients in a new wheelchair-accessible courtesy van donated by the HCCH Foundation.

The 2017 Ford Transit van, equipped with a wheelchair lift, was purchased using proceeds from the HCCH Foundation’s annual benefit golf tournament and funds donated by individuals and businesses.

“Donations, both large and small, allowed the HCCH Foundation to purchase our new van, and this generosity will benefit patients in Harrison County for many years to come,” said Tina Gillespie, the hospital chief executive officer.

The nonprofit HCCH Foundation has provided more than $150,000 to purchase equipment and other items needed by the hospital since 2010. 

“Since 2002 our previous wheelchair van had provided free patient rides totaling more than 250,000 miles, a distance greater than traveling from Earth to the moon,” Gillespie added. 

The new wheelchair van is the largest gift to the hospital in the Foundation’s history.

The hospital has a second courtesy van for patients who do not need the wheelchair lift. The Foundation donated that van to the hospital in 2014.

“Making a tax-deductible donation to the HCCH Foundation or including the Foundation in estate planning is a powerful way for people to support their community hospital and strengthen the healthcare in our region,” said Tim Hill, the hospital’s marketing director and a member of the Foundation’s board.

The patient courtesy van is available to bring Harrison County residents to appointments at the hospital or the HCCH medical clinics weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance, and the van does not transport patients to the emergency room.

Pictured with the new wheelchair-accessible van are Tim Hill, the hospital’s marketing director and a member of the Foundation board; Eldon Graham, van driver; Gary Hatten, the Foundation’s vice chair; Tina Gillespie, the hospital’s CEO; and Steve Long, the Foundation’s chair.

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