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Local Eagles post makes contribution to heart health

Eagles High Point #2166 has given a strong commitment to philanthropy or heart health in Logan County.

The Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagles and the local lodge have contributed over $75,000 to Mary Rutan Hospital for cardiovascular programs, services, and equipment since 1996.

The group most recently provided $10,000 in funding to assist with the purchase of telemetry equipment used for monitoring patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

Michael Hoehn, MRH Coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services, stated, “Staying up to date on new technology is critical in healthcare. The new equipment we were able to purchase with the help of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagles will help ensure safety for all of our patients with the most up-to-date technology available. We’ll also be able to interface with the hospital’s new electronic medical record, allowing other clinicians in the hospital direct access to important records. All of these things mean better continuity of care for our patients.”

Through past financial support, the Eagles were instrumental in the Heart Partners Program, where over 3,400 Logan County high school freshmen learned the risks for heart disease early in life, giving them the opportunity to make lifestyle changes that may lead to longer and healthier lives for those students. In addition, the group provided funding for the Power-up 4 Fitness Program, teaching area 4th-grade student the importance of good nutrition and living an active lifestyle, as well as providing funding for heart failure patient booklets and educational materials.

Local community member and Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagle 2013/2014 President Tom King has selected the Eagles Heart Fund for his annual charity and Mary Rutan’s Cardiac Rehab as his special charity for fundraising efforts during his term.

In addition to the support provided to Mary Rutan Hospital, the Ohio Eagles Charities supports numerous program all over the state of Ohio including their most recent accomplishment of providing one-million dollars over the past seven years to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for numerous research programs.

(Pictured: Monitor showing new telemetry equipment while Eagles President Larry Peters demonstrates use of equipment on treadmill; front row left to right: members of Eagles High Point #2166 - Chuck Peyton, Past Officer; John Marquis, Past President; Larry Peters, President; and Tom King, 2013/2014 State President; back row: Mary Rutan’s Cardiac Rehab Team)

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