Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Integrity Ambulance Service Sponsors Hospice Golf Outing

Pictured during a presentation of the sponsorship check, are, left to right: Tasha Anderson, Brad Feldner, both of Integrity Ambulance Service and Ryan Gathard of State of the Heart.
Integrity Ambulance Service, with headquarters in Greenville, is the presenting sponsor of State of the Heart Hospice’s eighteenth annual Memorial Golf outing to be held Friday, June 7 at Stillwater Valley Golf Club. Proceeds from the golf outing will go toward costs for the nonprofit agency’s new State of the Heart Hospice Care Center at Wayne HealthCare.

“As a company, we like to work with local agencies that need help with such fundraising efforts,” explained Brad Feldner, president and CEO of Integrity Ambulance Service. He added that Integrity, with eight locations in Ohio and 180 employees, has supported other local agencies over the years.

The company which was started in Greenville is family-owned and has been in business since 2005. During that time, the company has grown to be the second largest privately owned provider of medical transportation in Ohio (based on the number of licensed vehicles) according to Ohio Medical Transportation Board records. Integrity has offices in Celina, Wapakoneta, Sidney, Dayton, Toledo, Findlay, and Monroe in addition to Greenville.

Tasha Anderson, Director of Marketing and Client Relations for Integrity, stated, “We’re proud to be a key sponsor for the golf outing which will help fund something that is so needed in our area.”
The new care center is scheduled to open later this spring and will have five beds on the fourth floor of the hospital. The care center d├ęcor will have a restful, homelike atmosphere for patients and families.

“We’re grateful to Integrity for taking a leadership role in helping raise funds that will enable us to purchase and place equipment in the new care center at Wayne HealthCare,” Stated Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart. Last year, the golf outing raised more than $16,000 for patient care support. State of the Heart provides hospice care to anyone who needs the service, regardless of ability to pay.

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart provides care to patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

Gathard pointed out that this year’s golf outing will consist of a morning and afternoon round. The format will be a scramble with men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions. Morning registration begins at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Breakfast will be served. Afternoon registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start. Brief awards ceremonies will follow each round.

Foursomes are: $400 per team in the afternoon and $300 per team in the morning. The cost covers 18 holes of golf with cart, greens fees, free beverages, refreshment cart, player gift and breakfast/ lunch. For the first time, the sponsorship levels include multiple golfers with the options of playing in the morning and/or afternoon, multiple hole signs and golf shirts.

“We’ve received great support this year for the golf outing,” Gathard said. “All of us at State of the Heart are grateful for the support from vendors, individuals, players and local companies. The proceeds from the outing this year is going to a much needed care center in our community and will be an important addition to the hospice services we provide. While the care center will be in Greenville, it will be used by patients and families from our entire service area.”

Last year’s Memorial Golf Outing sold out, he said, adding, “There are limited spaces left in this year’s outing. Anyone interested in playing or sponsoring can contact me at 937-548-2999 or email me at rgathard@stateoftheheartcare.org “ For information about any of the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org

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