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As president of the Hardin Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Steve McCullough helped guide the hospital through a difficult period.
On Friday, McCullough was awarded for his dedication and efforts to make sure HMH remained an integral part of the community landscape.
A new conference room at the hospital was dedicated in his honor as the Stephen McCullough Conference Room.
McCullough, who has served 10 years on the board, including a stint as its president, said he was humbled by the dedication.
“Looking at my name up there – I don’t get choked up too often – but that gets to me,” he told the gathering of about 50 hospital and community officials.
Thanking the hospital board, its employees, as well as his friends and neighbors, McCullough said he did not go onto the board with the notion of getting his name on a wall.
“I wanted to make sure that Hardin County has a hospital for many generations to come,” he said of his thoughts when he was named to the board. “And the county still has a hospital and a great hospital.”
HMH President Mark Seckinger said that McCullough’s work on the HMH board, as well as on the Ohio Health Board, has been a big reason HMH has regained the trust of the community after a period of tough financial times about a decade ago.
“What he has given to HMH and the board has brought back community trust in HMH … I appreciate all that he’s been able to do for HMH,” Seckinger said.
McCullough, while no longer the president of the trustees, remains on the board.
“I’m not done,” he said. “I guarantee that in the next 10 years you’ll see some more things done.”
By KENDRICK JESIONOWSKI
Times sports editor