Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Bauer Joins State of the Heart Hospice as Executive Director and CEO

State of the Heart Hospice has announced the appointment of Ted Bauer as the non-profit agency’s Executive Director and CEO. A native of the Lima area, Bauer was employed by Leading Age Ohio for the past five years. Leading Age Ohio is a non-profit organization which advocates for senior citizen services in long term care, home health and hospices. He began his duties with State of the Heart on September 13. He succeeds Tammy Fox who resigned in May of this year after serving seven years as executive director.

“Ted brings a unique set of skills and professional expertise to State of the Heart Hospice,” stated Lisa Gasper, president, State of the Heart board of trustees. “State of the Heart, just as other health care providers, faces challenging financial times. With his years of background in health care management, Ted is very qualified to lead our agency in the future.” In his previous positions in health care, he has had excellent success in financial improvements for agencies and expanding growth in market served, Gasper pointed out.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Bauer has served in senior management positions with home health systems as well as durable medical equipment companies. Leading Age Ohio was formerly called Association of Ohio Philanthropic Housing & Services for the Aging. He was director of Member Value and the AOPHA Service Corporation while employed with Leading Age Ohio.

Bauer explained that while he and his wife have lived in Reynoldsburg for a number of years, they both are from small communities and raised their three children in small towns. “We’re looking forward to living in a smaller town where we feel comfortable.”

He added, “When I became aware of the position at State of the Heart, I soon learned that it was a successful, well established organization with a great reputation and excellent employees. I knew I wanted to continue to work for a non-profit as I have a strong belief in the non-profit mission of giving back to the community with whatever profits there might be. The non-profit entity can do this through offering more comprehensive services and providing services to more people.” As a non-profit agency, State of the Heart has focused for years on expanding services such as music therapy and grief support for both adults and children. Each year, State of the Heart offers a free weekend camp for grieving children called Camp BEARable.

State of the Heart Hospice, he said, “fit with what I was seeking in a non-profit agency. I was looking for the non-profit that has a good business sense, and State of the Heart has that along with the commitment to provide quality, compassionate hospice care and a desire to serve the community. The foundation has been laid for State of the Heart, and is solid. In the future, our ‘footprint’ will be more clearly defined.”
Bauer joins State of the Heart Hospice as the agency observes its thirtieth year of providing services to families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The agency has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. He becomes the fifth director the agency has had since it was founded in 1981.

In addition to analyzing the marketing outreach and potential for the agency, Bauer said he will focus on “the employees of State of the Heart, making sure we are aware of their needs and meeting their expectations as an employer. I want State of the Heart to be one of the area’s most desirable places to work.”

He views himself, he said, as “the chief marketing person for the agency” and intends to be active in the community.” He looks forward to attending the many football games in the area as he brings with him a “love of football” as he has served as an Ohio licensed football official.

For the future of State of the Heart, he sees “growth and continued financial stability.” He added, “We want to assure those who live in the communities we serve that we will be here for others in the next thirty years.”

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