For Immediate Release: July 28, 2011 Contacts: Jennifer Kessel, Aultman Health Foundation
Andreas Ellis, Dunlap Community Hospital
DUNLAP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, AULTMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION PLAN TO PARTNER
CANTON, Ohio (July 28, 2011) – Officials of the Orrville Hospital Foundation and Aultman Health
Foundation announced today they have signed a letter of intent that would make Dunlap Community
Hospital a subsidiary of the Canton-based health care system. Officials described the transaction as a
“win-win” for both institutions and the communities they serve.
Dr. Marchelle Suppan, president and CEO of Dunlap Community Hospital, said her board had reviewed
various options to make sure Dunlap could continue to fulfill its mission of providing family-centered
care and wellness. A partnership with Aultman was a logical choice, she said, because its management
shares a vision of developing a highly effective, integrated system of health services. “We want to be
able to continue to invest in new equipment and technology so we can continue to provide our patients
with low-cost, high-quality care,” Suppan said. “We want to strengthen the services our community
depends on us to provide. This arrangement will allow us to do that.”
According to Edward J. Roth III, president and CEO of Aultman Health Foundation, the arrangement
means Dunlap will remain a not-for-profit, community hospital in Orrville with a local voice. “We think
that’s good for the people of Orrville and good for both our institutions,“ he said. “Our board looked
carefully at this opportunity and determined Dunlap Community Hospital offered a good fit to support
our mission of leading our community to improved health.”
Under the arrangement, Dunlap will continue to operate as a critical access hospital - and the current
management team will remain in place. Both parties said it is too early to comment on specific changes
that might take place at Dunlap Community Hospital, but the intent is to preserve existing services and
expand access to additional services. “We expect to work closely with the Dunlap staff in the months
ahead to integrate their programs and services,” Roth said. “We will be looking to improve efficiencies
where we can, but we intend to respect the unique role that Dunlap plays in Orrville and the
surrounding communities.” Suppan noted the arrangement would give Dunlap’s patients improved
access to specialty care and advanced services. Aultman is a regional leader in cardiac care,
neurosurgery, cancer care, women’s health and orthopedics, among others.
As part of the transition, the Dunlap board of directors will continue to have 12 members: six members
will be selected by the current Dunlap board and six will be selected by the Aultman Health Foundation
board. Roth and Suppan said they expect the board selection process to be a collaborative effort
designed to support Dunlap’s mission.
The final agreement is expected to be completed this fall, after further details are completed by both
Dunlap and Aultman, and the proposed arrangement is submitted to the state of Ohio.
About Dunlap Community Hospital
Dunlap Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, 25-bed critical access hospital that has served Orrville
and the Wayne County area for more than 60 years. Dunlap provides a full range of inpatient and
outpatient services including diagnostic testing, obstetrics, medical, surgical and emergency care.
Dunlap employs 250 healthcare professionals and has a medical staff comprised of 125 active and
courtesy physicians. For more information, visit www.dunlaphospital.org.
About Aultman Health Foundation
The Aultman Health Foundation is a not-for-profit health care organization serving Stark and
surrounding counties. Aultman Health Foundation operates an exclusive vertically integrated health care
system that includes Aultman Hospital and AultCare Corporation, a managed care company. With 682
beds, 530 active physicians and a staff of more than 5,000 employees, Aultman Hospital is Stark
County's largest hospital. For more information, visit www.aultman.org.