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It was a beautiful, warm day in Southern Indiana on May 7th as the Daviess Community Hospital Foundation hosted their 7TH Annual “Kentucky Derby Fundraiser”. A sellout crowd of 144 people were registered for the event with the purpose of raising money to support the ICU & Emergency Department renovations at DCH.

“Due to the growth of this event, we held the event for the 2nd year at the Ed Lee North Chapel in Washington,” stated Angie Steiner, DCH Foundation Director. “It is a perfect location with ample space to mingle, dine and dance. Our sincere thanks to Andy Arvin for donating this beautiful space to us for the event”. Steiner also noted that there were many activities to keep the guests occupied including bourbon tasting, wine tasting, chances for a lady’s ring, and viewing of the online auction items up for bid this year.

Women were encouraged to wear hats or fascinators similar to those worn at the Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs. Men were also encouraged to wear a hat or tie that reflected the theme. Prizes were awarded for best Ladies Derby hat best Men’s Derby tie and/or hat. Winners were Marilynn McCormick of Louisville, KY, for best hat/fascinator and Darrell Jones of Washington, IN, for best tie/ensemble. Jen Houchins, DCH Marketing Coordinator, was on hand to capture the fun as guests posed in their Derby attire.

Event guests were seated at reserved tables where they watched the exciting and unexpected conclusion of the 148th running of Kentucky Derby on live television. Foundation Board member Alicia Fields, DNP, welcomed guests and offered a prayer before the dinner.

After dinner, guest speakers Tracy Conroy, CEO, Dr. Suresh Lohano, and Dr. Otto Susec shared information about the much-needed expansion/renovation of the hospital’s ICU and Emergency Department. All speakers emphasized the importance of community involvement and expressed their appreciation for the evening’s support and participation.

Dr. Susec explained some of the reasons the expansion will benefit DCH patients. “The goal is to keep as many patients requiring admission at DCH as possible to grow Hospital provided we have resources to care for them,” he remarked. “By expanding our Emergency Department by 40%, we will be able to see patients faster, reducing length of stay, improve safety, and improve patient satisfaction.”

“Successful completion of these vital improvements to the facility will be directly impacted by the proceeds from this year’s fundraisers,” said Tracy Conroy, CEO.

The DCH Foundation has been very supportive of numerous hospital projects over the past several years and has raised over $1 million for projects such as 3D Mammography, The Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine, Perinatal Navigator program, Health Career Scholarships, the Bedford Road Beautification project and much more. The ICU/Emergency Department campaign is, by far, the most ambitious project for the Foundation as they hope to raise several hundred thousand dollars in the next 18 months to help offset the cost to the hospital.

“The Daviess Community Hospital Foundation has made a commitment to help provide support to the ICU and Emergency Department expansion and renovation,” stated Steiner. “I am thrilled to share that the funds raised this year through our Kentucky Derby Fundraiser total more than $25,000.00. Donations are still being accepted as we know that the need is greater than what has been raised thus far.”

The DCH Foundation wishes to recognize Home Building Savings Bank, Lohano and Associates, Thompson Insurance, Old National Bank, True Scripts Management Services, Lasata Winery, and Lents Lock and Safe who were sponsors of the event this year.

Next year’s event will again be held on the first Saturday in May to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. For more information on the DCH Foundation efforts, please contact Angie Steiner at 812-254-8858 or


Committee Members (left to right): Ericka Frances, Lynn Goodwin, Andrea Ellis,

Alicia Fields – DNP, Angie Steiner, Marsha Matteson, Brandon Smith