Our 2013 Honorees
Atrium Medical Center Foundation celebrated the contributions of our 2013 heroes:
They join our previous honorees:
- E. Ronald Oches, MD
- Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen
Jerry D. Hammond, MD
Beloved family physician. Superb clinician. A humble man of great compassion. These are just some of the ways those who know him describe Jerry D. Hammond, MD, Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s 2013 Physician Hero.
A native of Mayfield, Ohio, Jerry earned his pre-med and medical degrees at The Ohio State University. In 1960, he began a medical practice that would span 45 years. As a solo practitioner covering Middletown, Franklin and Springboro, he was on call 24/7/365. The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has honored Jerry for a half century in medicine, and his colleagues have lauded him for his superb diagnostic skills.
Jerry served as physician co-chair of Middletown Regional Hospital Foundation’s 2001 campaign to establish an outpatient dialysis center. In 2003, he joined the hospital board’s Professional Affairs Committee, where he continues to help ensure that Atrium Medical Center staff meet the highest professional standards. He served on the Middletown Regional Hospital board from 1984 until the early 1990s and stepped up again to serve on the Atrium Medical Center board from 2006 to 2012. Now Jerry is lending his expertise to the Atrium Foundation board.
Jerry and his late wife, Jean, are the parents of three grown children. After Jean passed away in 2011, the hospital board established the Dr. Jerry and Jean Hammond Endowment fund to help support rehabilitation, neurological and rheumatoid arthritis services. The endowment also funds an annual honorarium awarded to a family practice physician for excellent service to patients.
G. Robert and Patricia Miller Gage
Known for their generous spirit and deep sense of civic pride, the late Bob Gage and his wife, Patti, are Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s 2013 Community Heroes for the lasting impact they’ve made on the health and well-being of our region.
Over the course of almost two decades, G. Robert Gage brought immeasurable energy, vision, sensitivity and wisdom to many hospital and Foundation committees. For 16 years, he served as chairman of either the hospital board of directors or the regional health system’s board of trustees. Under his leadership, the hospital received significant recognition. Bob also served on the Premier Health Partners board of trustees after the hospital joined Premier.
Although many talented people played key roles in establishing the Atrium Medical Center campus, Bob is generally regarded as spearheading the effort. Bob’s foresight regarding the future of health care, as well as his vision for a new hospital and educational opportunities for its workforce, informed the intricate planning, forging of partnerships and steadfastness that fulfilling his dream demanded. Bob’s sudden death in 2005, at age 73, came just after ground was broken for Atrium Medical Center. In celebration of Bob’s invaluable contributions, the hospital’s elegant, two-story lobby is known as the G. Robert Gage Atrium.
With her husband’s passing, Patti Gage’s long-time involvement with the hospital became even deeper. After holding leadership positions on a number of Foundation committees, she joined the Foundation Board in 2012. A member of the hospital’s auxiliary since 1971, Patti now is the president of Atrium Auxiliary Middletown, her third time to serve in that role. Patti began her hospital volunteer career as a Candy Striper (today known as a junior volunteer) from 1961 to 1964. Over the years, her journey has taken her from direct patient care to caring support services, such as Meals on Wheels and the gift shop. In addition to her hospital commitments, Patti also is a member of the Middletown Community Foundation board. Patti and Bob are the parents of four grown children.
Our 2010 Honorees
Atrium Medical Center Foundation and Atrium Medical Center paid tribute to true heroes in our community at When You Wish Upon a Star on May 22, 2010.
The Bidwell Family
Thanks to their collective and extensive service in the Middletown region, members of the Bidwell family have earned a well-deserved reputation as community heroes. Magnode Corporation is the Bidwell family’s third generation, family-owned aluminum extrusion, fabrication and finishing company. The Bidwells’ success in business has inspired them to share their resources, time and talent to improve the community where they have lived and worked for nearly a century.
Arthur and Ann Bidwell started the legacy by raising their seven children just a block from Middletown Regional Hospital (MRH). Arthur took an active interest in the hospital and served on the board of directors for 25 years. Furthering his father’s leadership, Joseph Bidwell served on the hospital board for 12 years, six as chairman. In 1999, the Bidwells filled a community need by creating the Ann and Arthur Bidwell Surgery Center at MRH. Today the outpatient surgery center at Atrium Medical Center carries their name.
The Bidwells also have been strong supporters of other institutions that make up the heart and soul of our community, including Middletown Fine Arts, the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Middletown Community Foundation, American Red Cross, Holy Family Parish and the new Fenwick High School built in 2004. Although Ann passed away in 2009, it’s clear that the Bidwells’ legacy of vision, kindness and dedication to improving Middletown will impact our community for generations to come.
Walter H. Roehll, Jr., MD
With his first 50 years of practicing medicine behind him, Walter H. Roehll, Jr., MD, is highly valued by his patients and the Middletown community as a respected physician and community leader.
After earning his MD from the University of Cincinnati, two years’ service in the Air Force in Georgia, and a cardiology fellowship at Duke University, Dr. Roehll returned to Middletown in 1962 to join his father’s internal medicine practice. His compassionate approach with patients and zeal for innovation have earned Dr. Roehll the esteem of colleagues and the respect of his patients, who now count him as their doctor and friend. He introduced cardiac rehabilitation, nuclear imaging, nuclear cardiology and heart failure treatment here. In addition, Dr. Roehll was responsible for teaching our community about the life-saving benefits of CPR and heart defibrillator technologies before they were widely used.
His dedicated leadership to Atrium Medical Center includes 13 years as Medical Director of Cardiology as well as 11 years of service on the board of directors. Dr. Roehll served on the executive committee for Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s Advancing Care for a Healthier Community capital campaign and joined the board in 2007.
Outside the hospital, Dr. Roehll has supported his hometown by serving on the boards of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, American Heart Association, Middletown Rotary, Brown’s Run Country Club and Middletown Civic Association.
With characteristic foresight, Dr. Roehll currently is creating a scholarship endowment for cardiology technicians at Atrium. By strengthening caregivers’ skills, Dr. Roehll is helping to ensure that heart patients in our region can always count on the highest level of care.