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Pat Donahue, Methodist Health Union County Vice President/Administrator, announces retirement plans

blog imagePatrick “Pat” Donahue, who has served as Administrator of Methodist Health Union County (MHUC) since Sept. 1986, has announced he will retire as of Dec. 31, 2016.

A native of Columbus, GA, and a graduate of Columbus State University, Donahue worked in three small facilities in Georgia before moving to Kentucky. “I’ve always been in small hospitals and I love that because you get to know the patients and families as well as the hospital staff. The environment is more family oriented than in larger facilities.”

“Initially, when we moved to this community,” Donahue recalled, “Valley View Medical Center was owned by Hospital Corporation of America and our company, National Healthcare, was trying to purchase the facility. But that deal fell through and I actually worked for Hospital Corporation of America until Sept. 1987, when Community United Methodist Health, Inc. (later named Methodist Health) purchased the hospital. We became Methodist Health Union County in late 1998 when there was a name change and new branding of the facilities.”

During his three decades at the helm of MHUC, the hospital has experienced periods of growth and change. It operated as a 54-bed acute care hospital and long term care facility until Jan. 2001. At that time the facility became a Critical Access Hospital, and reduced the number of beds to 25 while maintaining 16 long-term care beds. In April 2008, the hospital closed the long-term care unit and converted to all private rooms. A 2003 addition provided much needed space for the laboratory, radiology and therapy services.

Methodist Health Union County was recognized in 2012-2014 as one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the country and most recently it was certified as a Level 4 Trauma Facility, one of only nine such facilities in Kentucky.

Plans to build a new Emergency Department on the north side of the hospital are pending final review and approval with an anticipated start date of early spring 2017.

Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, President and CEO at Methodist Health, noted, “While my association with Methodist Health has been fairly brief when compared to Pat's 30 years, it quickly became apparent to me that his leadership inspires a constant focus on quality and his attention to detail ensures that excellence is the daily standard. This will be the legacy he leaves and there is no doubt he will be missed."

MHUC now has approximately 170 employees and a medical staff of six active staff specialists and over 50 others on courtesy staff. “The staff at Methodist Health Union County is an amazing group of highly trained, skilled, personable, loving, caring professionals I wouldn’t trade for anything or anybody,” Donahue noted.

“Our nursing staff is the best anywhere, and our Advisory Board of Directors is tops in that they provide us with great wisdom and direction. Our medical staff, though small, is as skilled and capable as any in the area, our volunteer auxiliary ladies are so special and our support staff is second to none. With such a great staff and the amazing support from our parent organization, how could the Methodist team not be successful?”

The hospital offers 24-hour emergency service, a hospital-based ambulance service and a full range of diagnostic services ranging from Radiology (CT, ultrasound and mammography), Therapy Services (physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy), cardiopulmonary, surgical services and laboratory.

The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization whose certification is viewed as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Beyond providing leadership to the hospital, Donahue has served in several capacities with the Kentucky Hospital Association having served on the Board of Directors for several years and also as Chairman of the Board (2001-2002) and Chair of their political action committee, Circle of Friends. Additionally, he represented that organization as a delegate on the American Hospital Association’s Region 3 Policy Board (2010-2012). Locally, Donahue serves on the boards of the Union County and the Green River District Health Departments and has been involved with the Union County Economic Development Foundation, Lion’s Club, Kiwanis Club, United Way, YMCA and Relay For Life.

Donahue and his wife, Susan, are the parents of Tricia Page (Jeff), Tami Steward (Wade) and Patrick II (Tiffany), grandparents to Josh Marshall (Brandy), Jake Marshall (Kelsey), Molly Marshall, Alix Clements, Austin Clements, Patrick Donahue III and Everton Donahue and great-grandparents to Bristol and Brynnlee Marshall.

“When we were considering moving, we asked God to guide us to a place where we could grow closer together and closer to Him. We could never imagine how much He had in store for us when we arrived in this amazing community. It has been far more than we ever could hope for,” he added.

“Certainly, our plans include spending more time with our family and hopefully traveling a little but we’re homebodies so we plan to continue being active here in the community. This is home.”

Retirement events have been scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12, 5 to7 p.m. at the Breckinridge Golf Course located at 240 Whitaker Way, Morganfield, KY; Friday, Dec. 16, 5 to 7 p.m. at Methodist Health (Henderson) in the Classrooms; and Monday, Dec. 19, 5 to 7 p.m. at Methodist Health Union County in the Board Room. The public is invited to attend.

For questions regarding this press release, please contact Brandi L. Schwartz at 270-831-7836 or bschwartz@methodisthospital.net.