Barnesville Hospital honors Dottie Minnich at statewide event

Barnesville Hospital joins 177 hospitals across the state to recognize Ohio health care workers who were nominated for this year's Albert E.

Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio

Hospital Association (OHA). The award, created in 1996, is named for

Mr. Dyckes, a retired OHA associate, who was highly regarded throughout

Ohio's health care community.

Barnesville Hospital has nominated Dottie Minnich, Patient Financial

Counselor, because she exemplifies the values of the award: demonstrates

leadership skills, goes beyond the call of duty, reflects the values and

ideals of Ohio's health care facilities, and gives back to the


According to her manager, Susan Ward, R.N., M.H.A., "Dottie is very

knowledgeable and serves as a resource for everyone, including staff.

Dottie greets everyone with a smile and displays great concern and

compassion for the patients and families she counsels. Since Dottie has

been in this position we are qualifying more and more patients for free

and discounted care, helping more and more people receive the care and

services they need, without worrying about how to pay for it."

Dottie is a member of the Customer Relations Team; volunteers for the

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Program (NVCI) as a certified

instructor; and volunteers for OSHIIP through the Ohio Department of

Insurance, counseling and educating individuals and groups on the

Medicare benefit and assisting them with Medicare questions and issues.

Dottie is also very active in her church.

Dottie Minnich is always willing to assist any one in need. She looks

at every situation and asks, "What can I do to help?" She has a

very calming persona and puts patients and families at ease immediately.

So many times we have heard staff say, "Dottie is so good with

patients" or "Dottie is excellent in that position." Dottie

Minnich is a true joy to work with. We just have to remember not to ask

too much of Dottie, because she doesn't know the word "No".

Rick Doan, Barnesville Hospital CEO, says, "Dottie is knowledgeable,

helpful, and caring, a perfect combination of attributes in any job.

She is a true leader within our organization and is respected by all her


To obtain information or to apply for assistance with your Barnesville

Hospital services, contact Dottie at 425-5136. She can also provide

information on enrolling in Medicaid, the health insurance for low

income persons through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family services.

Barnesville Hospital is the only 24-hour critical access hospital

serving Monroe county, western Belmont county, and parts of Noble and

Guernsey county. For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the

services provided, visit the hospital's website at or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C.,

Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158.

CAPTION: Dottie Minnich, Patient Financial Counselor, is Barnesville

Hospital's nominee for Health Care

Worker of Year award.