CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Butler Health System – Clarion Hospital was named the 2021 Business of the Year for Community Service at the annual Clarion Area Chamber Awards Dinner on Saturday night.
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“Community service from a business perspective is generally a program through which a company commits to giving back to the community,” said Tracy Becker, executive director of Clarion Chamber. “For some companies, this may mean having organized voluntary activities. For others, it may mean recruiting employees to volunteer.
“(Clarion Hospital) has supported this community in many ways through organized events, financial increases to the area’s economy, and improving the quality of life for local residents.”
Clarion Hospital employs approximately 375 people and recently invested more than $20 million in Clarion County, including an upcoming emergency department renovation and a brand new health and wellness center in Trinity Point.
The hospital holds several health screening events and helps plan a multiphasic event each year. He recently completed a community health needs assessment to identify gaps in care in Clarion County and designed an implementation plan to meet those needs. Additionally, the hospital hosts various blood drives, health fairs, diabetes education, breastfeeding classes, and a seniors wellness exhibit.
Clarion Hospital also launched an exercise institute to implement various types of exercise to help reduce illness and promote longevity of life for residents of Clarion County. They worked with the local community to raise over $400,000 to purchase 3D mammography equipment. Additionally, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarion Hospital has partnered with county management to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics.
In 2021, the Clarion Hospital Cancer Center was able to ease the financial burden imposed by cancer treatments on more than 95 patients.
Clarion Hospital President Steven Davis is a member of the Clarion County Economic Development Board Board of Directors and serves on the county’s EMS Task Force and the Clarion University Advisory Council.
Other winners included Jim Kriebel, Citizen of the Year; Northwest Bank, Business Education Partner of the Year; and Barry Shein, Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event took place at Clarion Moose Lodge.
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