Lifelong Barnesville resident and attorney William E. Chaney was recently recognized by the Barnesville Hospital Board of Trustees for an incredible 50 years of volunteer service on the hospital’s Board. Chaney began his service on the hospital Board in January 1963.
During the ceremony Chaney was awarded a resolution of Humanitarian Achievement by the hospital as well as Proclamations of Commendation from both The American Hospital Association and the Ohio Hospital Association. At the closing of the ceremony the Boardroom was officially renamed “The William E. Chaney Boardroom”.
Former CEO and fellow Board Member Rick Doan remarked, “Bill’s faithful service and guidance to the hospital has been invaluable to its growth and prosperity. I will always be grateful for his loyal attendance, wise and mediating manner, and his dedication to our vital community resource.”
Chief Executive Officer David Phillips stated, “Mr. Chaney’s service on this Board has been an incredible humanitarian effort rarely achieved. Our hospital staff, Medical Staff, volunteers and community owe a tremendous gratitude.”
Mr. Chaney is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and a 1953 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Law. He returned to his hometown of Barnesville that year to join his father, John H. Chaney, and establish Chaney & Chaney, Attorneys At Law at 101 East Main Street where he still practices.
In 1954 he married Kay Evans and they actually resided for a short time in a small apartment on the second floor behind the law office. The Chaney’s still reside in Barnesville and are the parents of two children, Dan of Georgia, and Linda of Michigan, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Chaney’s contribution to local health care extends beyond Barnesville Hospital. 40 years ago he legally organized Barnesville Health Services which is now Ohio Hills Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic. OHHS, also a charitable organization, serves residents of three counties with locations in Barnesville, Woodsfield and Freeport. Federal funding supplements OHHS’ efforts to provide health services to financially disadvantaged and medically underserved populations and includes behavioral health and dental services. Mr. Chaney was a charter Board member when this organization opened 37 years ago in 1976 and he continues to serve on their Board today.
During many of Mr. Chaney’s years on the hospital Board he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee translating into many additional meetings and hours of service devoted to addressing the hospital’s most urgent and difficult issues. When asked about the most challenging moments he remarked “…very complex Medical Staff issues, and recruiting qualified doctors to a smaller community. We’ve done extremely well and have an outstanding Medical Staff and hospital staff. I sincerely hope the community fully appreciates how fortunate we are to have such an excellent hospital and health care in this small town.”