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A decade of

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Chamber Magazine Premiere Issue ■ Winter 2011

Steak your Claim

Montgomery’s Steakhouse has just the dish for you

Basketball of

HALL FAME

draws thousands of visitors to town

MUSIC of LIFE For Kevin Brown, it’s about giving back

HENRY COUNTY

Hospital

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Chamber Magazine celebrates 10 years

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It’s a sweet life!

Buy it LOCAL

Montgomery’s Steakhouse has just the dish for you

Heart matters

Basketball of

HALL FAME

Inside Henry County Hospital’s new Cardiovascular Center

draws thousands of visitors to town

MUSIC LIFE of

For Kevin Brown, it’s about giving back

Goodwin Brothers

HENRY COUNTY

Hospital

Super-sized crowds pump $5 million into local economy

New transformations at Glen Oaks Health Campus

High-tech oxygen therapy healing

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Meet the GENERAL Former local basketball star comes home to Henry County Hospital

Meet Chancellor Andy Bowne ‘It’s all about creating tomorrow’s workforce.’

Meridian

Chamber honors community members

Little League team takes Henry County out to THE ball game

FALL 2012

SPRING 2013

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SPECIAL REPORT:

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SPECIAL REPORT: CELEBRATING

EDUCATION & TRAINING

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Annual Meeting

Programs focus on whole person health

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SPECIAL REPORT: CHAMBER’S

CITY TRANSFORMATIONS

2015 ANNUAL MEETING

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Spring 2014

Read this 8-point checklist for the Affordable Care Act

Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year

HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS THAT EXCEL Dual credit means college credit

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COVER STORY:

New Castle Career Center programs educate and train students

FALL 2013 SPECIAL ISSUE:

JENNINGS BUILDING THROUGH THE YEARS

America’s Got Talent Star Tony Hoard

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TRANSFORMING

YEARS

Henry County Hospital’s program is all heart

50 strong COVER STORY:

COVER STORY:

MAGNA MACHINE & TOOL

Citizen of the Year:

HAPPY TRAILS

OF DOWNTOWN HISTORY

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ANNUAL AWARDS Chamber Citizen of the Year

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Citizen of the Year.

Business of the Year

Businesses of the Year. And one special Milan guest who made New Castle history.

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Discover the vision for trail expansion

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Fall 2016

12.5 miles

Families choose Henry County as

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‘Live, work, play’

Meet the champions of patient service

Fall 2015

EARLY BIRD

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting:

Henry County Hospital:

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INSIDE:

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Spring 2015

INSIDE:

Chamber honors 2014 Business & Citizen of the Year

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D.L. Couch Daniel Cox: New Castle’s head coach

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Fall 2014

Schools prepare students for career & college

Are you ready?

Worldclass

We are proud to provide this publication to members, and it has proven to be an invaluable resource for outreach. Chamber Magazine is used extensively by the Chamber and Economic Development Corporation in mailings to interested parties outside our area. It’s exciting to acquaint those elsewhere with our wonderful county. New Castle and Henry County is a bottomless well of “feel-good” stories, and we tell some of them in every issue. On the pages of this edition, we are catching up with some of the places and faces: l Kevin Brown, owner of Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, graced the cover of the debut issue. In this edition, this Chamber champion and local business leader updates us. l The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame was also featured in the debut issue. You will read about the extensive renovations at this valuable community asset. l Henry Community Health has always been a valuable resource for our community, and an almost endless source of information. Our 10-year timeline touches on some of the highlights at HCH over the past 10 years. l You’ll also read about Heart of Indiana United Way. In recent months, the organization has broadened its reach over five counties, and obtained a new name. Read about all the ways United Way has improved lives in Henry County. We hope you enjoy this special look back at 10 years of Chamber Magazine! Thank you for your continued support! n

New IVY TECH campus for Henry County

Chamber Challenge: Money spent in county stays here

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Premiere Issue ■ Winter 2011

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Steak your Claim

‘We are proud to provide this publication to members, and it has proven to be an invaluable resource for outreach.’

TWO NEW HOSPITAL PROJECTS COMING IN

Main Street

ARTS DISTRICT:

2017

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Signs of love DOWNTOWN

rehab

growth HENRY COUNTY’S ECONOMIC

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legacies

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ANNIVERSARY OF WILBUR’S BIRTH

INSIDE: Henry Community Health’s orthopedic innovations

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Chamber’s

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ANNUAL MEETING

NEW CASTLE STAINLESS STEEL PLATE EMPLOYEES

Growth HENRY COUNTY

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CITIZEN & BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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A SKATE PARK FOR ALL AGES A JOB-READY PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS

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Henry Community Health

TELESTROKE

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successful businesses

IN MIDDLETOWN, MOORELAND & SPICELAND EMPLOY HUNDREDS IN HENRY COUNTY INNOVATIONS

IN THE MAKING

NEW CASTLE IS HOME TO INDIANA’S OLDEST MUSEUM COMPLEX ROBERT INDIANA ART INSPIRES BENCHES

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MYTHS HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHAMBER?

FALL 2018

Merchants invest in downtown New Castle

Chamber Annual Dinner Business & Citizen of the Year

United Way expands service to Henry County

New HCH procedure relieves back pain

SPRING 2019

Chamber Magazine

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COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: A WELCOME & A GOODBYE

Fall 2020

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love local

Thriving

BUSINESS GROWS ON BROAD STREET

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Health insurance: One more benefit for Chamber members

looking up

history

COMMUNITY COMES FIRST FOR THE COURIER-TIMES

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‘No place like

A NEW PRIMARY CARE CAMPUS

Chamber Magazine Spring 2021

CHAMBER HONORS CITIZEN & BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Destination: HCH champion to begin a new chapter

years of local history

The pandemic: Henry County fights back with heroes, telehealth & community support

Henry County

From the Wright Brothers to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, local tourism promises new opportunities HENRY COMMUNITY HEALTH:

WOMEN SOAR IN HEALTH CARE

INSIDE: Stellar Communities Program

INSIDE: Chamber adopts new logo

INSIDE: Unexpected reunion at Henry Community Health

INSIDE: 2020 Heroes of Henry County

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

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ou hold in your hands the 10th anniversary edition of Chamber Magazine! Over the years, we have kept you informed about Chamber events and activities, and told countless stories about our members. The anniversary is a testament to the commitment of the Chamber’s members: For those of you who are unaware, Chamber Magazine comes at no cost to the Chamber. It is completely supported by advertising dollars. Some member businesses have advertised in EVERY issue since the Winter 2011 debut. (See page 9.) We are grateful to them, and all the companies who support the publication through advertising. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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ON THE COVER: Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Chris May

Economic Development Corporation perspective

Celebrating our Chamber Magazine legacy supporters

10-year reflections with community leader Kevin Brown

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INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

Henry Community Health milestones & growing services

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Heart of Indiana United Way

Chamber events boost community engagement BOARD PRESIDENT

The Chamber engages its members through job fairs, leadership lunches, Cash Bonanza and community events, including the yearly Christmas Walk. CARA HUFFMAN Cara Huffman is the president of the Board of Directors for the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. She is a broker/owner of FC Tucker/Crossroads Real Estate.

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s we move toward winter, we reflect on the past and what’s ahead. Your Chamber is working to better serve and engage members through these efforts and benefits: SHAFER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Member businesses with fewer than 25 employees receive a Shafer Leadership Academy membership, providing leadership development and education. E-GIFT CARDS: Members can sell gift cards/ certificates via the Chamber website and reach a broader customer base. MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: The annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade organized by the Chamber got a boost from beautiful spring weather. JOB FAIR: Your Chamber workforce development committee organized the first-ever community job fair, Pathway to Your Passion. LEADERSHIP LUNCHES: Chamber lunches featured engaging speakers including Jeff Robinson from the Shafer Leadership Academy, Justin Helman from FocalPoint Business Coaching and Dr. Andy Davisson from Henry Community Health’s Interventional Spine and Pain. CASH BONANZA: Our yearly Cash Bonanza was virtual this year, and while we missed the fun of being together, the event was a resounding success. Congratulations to the big winners: Pritchett’s Point

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LLC won $10,000 and Mike Fort won $1,000. The Courier-Times advertising package was purchased by New Lisbon Broadband Communications. CHRISTMAS WALK: We are looking forward to the annual Christmas Walk on Thursday, December 2. This event has grown each year, and we are planning even more activities and fun for this year’s walk. Some sneak peeks: Beautiful carriage rides, carolers, activities for the kids. And, of course, Santa’s arrival! Hope to see you there!

WELCOME CINDY!

Please help us welcome Cindy Brooks to the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce office. Cindy has hit the ground running, and has already been very successful in her role, concentrating on member services and events. We Brooks are fortunate to have her on board. Cindy and her husband, Alan, live in Spiceland with 3 of their 4 children – one has already left the nest! Also included in the household are two dogs and a cat. She is the director for the New Castle Miracle League and is also involved in Secret Families and is the recently elected president of Cerebral Palsy of Henry County. Cindy and her family attend Spiceland Church of the Nazarene. n


2022 BOARD DIRECTORS Executive Board Members President Cindi Kiner The HR Connection

1st Vice President Latina Masters Citizens State Bank

Treasurer Mary Campbell Purdue Extension

Secretary Jeannie Hamblin-Fox IVY Tech

Immediate Past President Cara Huffman F.C. Tucker/Crossroads R.E.

General Board Members Ric Barr Castle Pawn Shop Kristen Bennett ERA Integrity Real Estate Kevin Brown Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Cathy Crabtree McGowan Insurance Group Kevin Davenport Clean N Simple Commercial Cleaning

Rebecca Gonya Big O Tires Jeff Jaco The Sanctuary Tiffany Lee First Baptist Church Cynthia Lines First Financial Bank Chris May Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Vickie McIntosh First Merchants Bank Doug Meier State Farm Insurance Christy Tompkins Individual Marka Sonoga The Courier-Times Luci Welch Henry Community Health

Ex-Officio Board Members Shonda Kane Executive Director: New Castle - Henry County Chamber of Commerce

Matt Montgomery Destination Development

Corey Murphy President: New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corp.

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perspective: economic development corporation

Leadership across community is key to success

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ongratulations to the New Castle Henry County Chamber of Commerce on the 10th anniversary of the Chamber Magazine. The magazine is an excellent tool to promote our community. This anniversary and the mission of the magazine give me reason to write about the ingredients of a successful community. One word: Leadership. A community like Henry County EDC DIRECTOR is a complex eco-system. Highquality, engaged leadership from the business community, non-profits and local government all are needed. Think of this as a three-legged stool of community leadership. All are important for Henry County to thrive. As Jim Collins explains in his COREY MURPHY book, “Good to Great and the Social Corey L. Murphy, CEcD, Sectors,” legislative leadership serves as President of the skill is most needed. It “relies upon New Castle Henry County persuasion, political currency Economic Development and shared interests to create the Corporation. conditions for the right decisions to happen.” Early on in my economic development career, I participated in a professional development seminar where development consultant Randy Broome shared what survivor communities must understand. Business investment decisions are profit driven, deadline driven, competitive, comprehensive and risk averse. All decisions we make as a community to retain and attract talent and businesses must keep this context in mind. For example, our planning and zoning processes should be certain, simple and fast. The emphasis here is on the process not the actual decision. Time kills deals.

In “Economic Development Leadership is Not for Amateurs,” site-selection consultant and author Jay Garner writes “The common denominator of a community’s success is always the quality of your public and private leadership. Excellent leadership drives economic development to your community. Poor leadership drives economic development out. It is as simple as that.” I was attracted to serve in this community because of the strong track record of strategic investment and measured risk taken for community improvement. Two relevant examples for me during the job interview process nearly nine years ago include the Henry County Campus of Ivy Tech and the shell building project that is now home to Boar’s Head Hummus. Henry County, through its Food and Beverage tax revenue, partnered with the Community Foundation, Hospital Foundation and six families to purchase, renovate and expand the current home of Ivy Tech. Post-secondary educational opportunities are critical to community success. Other examples of how our community has consistently wrestled above its weight class are the opening of Memorial Park in 1920, the founding of Henry County Memorial Hospital in 1930 and the construction of the world’s largest and finest Fieldhouse. Also noteworthy: YMCA, Arts Park, Hoosier Gym and Wilbur Wright Birthplace. If we focus, we can continue that progress by completing Phase 1 of the Henry County Expo, restoring The Old Circuit Courtroom (first impressions are powerful!), expanding water and sewer up the State Road 109 corridor and broadening youth sports facilities to retain and attract families and promote tourism. The quality of our public and private leadership makes me optimistic about Henry County’s future.

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Heart of Indiana United Way President & CEO Jenni Marsh


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merger of area United Way organizations is bringing Henry County into a single, regional United Way that will provide increased opportunities and resources to address the county’s most pressing issues. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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ver the summer, United Way of Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counties and United Way of Madison County merged as a single United Way, now known as Heart of Indiana United Way. The organization will serve Henry, Delaware, Fayette, Randolph and Madison counties. “Across the heart of Indiana, almost half of all households cannot make ends meet—and that was before COVID-19,” Heart of Indiana United Way President and CEO Jenni Marsh explained. “In order to truly meet our communities’ ‘Our two most daunting challenges, community organizations must United Ways collaborate. In doing so, our found terrific two United Ways found terrific synergy around working more synergy around strategically together.” working more “The challenges our communities face don’t stop at a strategically county line,” said Kim Williams, together.’ Vice President of Donor Relations for Heart of Indiana JENNI MARSH United Way. “You have families struggling in New Castle, just like you have families struggling in similar ways in Anderson, Muncie, Winchester, and Connersville,” she said. “The idea behind this merger was to take what we were doing in just one or two counties and work to expand that to better serve and provide new resource opportunities for people in all the communities served by the new Heart of Indiana United Way.” Williams said residents within United Way’s region have a long history of supporting their local communities and wanting to improve the futures for everyone who lives there. United Way has supported a number of Henry County organizations, from Hope Initiative to Raintree Habitat for Humanity, to Victory Lane Camp. Throughout the pandemic, United Way granted $418,653 to help address urgent needs in Henry County alone. “What we want everyone in Henry County to know is that our commitment to this community has not changed, and it’s not going to change,” she said. “Heart of Indiana United Way is coming alongside that commitment in this new season.” By bringing together the five-county region, United Way’s impact can be deepened through shared resources and skills. Efforts that have proven successful in one county can be expanded to others. For example, Madison County has placed a large focus on financial stability and initiated the Thrive program, a one-on-one individualized coaching model that helps people set long-term goals to become financially stable. That program was expanded to Henry County two years ago. Delaware County focuses heavily on education, specifically ensuring students are reading at grade level by third grade. Increasing access to books in the home early on in a child’s life is a proven strategy for long-term reading success. For more than a year, United Way has funded Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for Henry County, and almost 500 children here under the age of five receive a book a month at no cost to their families. “With the merger, we can now pair those two focuses together into a two-generational approach to help people be financially stable long term,” Williams said. “The idea is to leverage what we already have existing and work over time to expand that into the additional counties that we have.” Heart of Indiana United Way is looking forward to continuing its Henry County partnerships and working to find solutions to meet local needs. “While our name has changed, our commitment to honoring donor intent, working in partnership with local nonprofits that share a like vision for the community, and ensuring that Henry County feels heard, valued, represented and served has not changed,” Marsh said. n

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The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame hosts 10,000 people each year who come to relive history.

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f you drive by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on a regular basis, recent changes might not be apparent. From the outside, at least. But if you park your car, walk past the flags representing current state champions, and step inside the facility, you’re in for a treat. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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The renovated interior of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame includes new digital displays and slide shows. FROM PAGE 15

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he Hall of Fame Museum has undergone dramatic changes in the last few months, said Chris May, Hall of Fame Executive Director. “I’d like to think that we are at the same address we’ve been for 31 years, but the inside is better than ever. We’re proud of what we’ve developed and improved and it all makes for a meaningful experience.” Among the new additions are: • NEW FLOORING. On ground level, a blue rubber floor has been replaced with hardwood basketball flooring, complete with a center tip-off circle and a free throw lane. The lower floor that used to be tile is now epoxy with Hall of Fame colors of blue, ‘When you orange and white speckles. • DIGITAL DISPLAYS, several of have people which are interactive, that tell the who come story of Indiana basketball. “Kids from literally these days don’t care to stare at trophies and jerseys behind a piece half a world of glass,” May said. “You have to away, their touch, do, see and hear.” • NEW LIGHTING AND HVAC jaw practically UPGRADES to make the facility hits the floor.’ the most energy efficient it has ever been. CHRIS MAY • A NEW ELEVATOR, complete with a photo wall wrap on the interior that depicts a historic photo of a high school game at the Butler fieldhouse. Middletown-based company FabACab completed the interior design of the elevator. • A DIGITIZED SLIDE SHOW of state championship teams. As COVID caused many businesses to shut down in 2020 and in early 2021, the Hall of Fame faced the same challenge, closing its doors for 10 months during a 12-month period. But that closing came with a silver lining because the timing coincided closely with the Hall of Fame receiving the largest gift in its history – a six-figure donation from an estate. “We had the resources, and we had the time,” May said. “So we shut down the place and got to work. Summer is our peak visitor season, so we were able to get everything done and reopen for this summer.”

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The museum typically has about 10,000 visitors each year, from all over the world. In fact, only 50% are from Indiana. “As Hoosiers, we sometimes take for granted the history, the tradition, the uniqueness, how special the sport Kayla Kessler Chris May is and how special this building is,” May said. “When you have people who come from literally half a world away, their jaw practically hits the floor. This is a big deal.” May wants visitors to know the Hall of Fame is not just about who scored the most points and what team won the championship. “A visit here gets into Indiana state history. It’s the story of our state. Basketball is the story of Indiana, and there’s so much more than just those statistics,” he said. Kayla Kessler, Hall of Fame Assistant Director, said the museum staff and volunteers greatly enjoy field trip groups of students or sports teams. With advanced notice, they can provide a tour guide for groups of 10 or more and a scavenger hunt for young people. And new volunteers are also welcome to join the current team of about 60 volunteers, who help at the admission desk and with special events. May said the Chamber of Commerce also plays a key role in promoting the Hall of Fame. “It’s important to have people like that in your corner,” he said. “We can have all the traffic signs we want on the highways and the interstates. And we can do all the advertising, but when push comes to shove, we have to have that local support of people that are proud we are here and that they want to talk about us and show us off.” In the next 10 years, May said he would like a focus for the Hall of Fame to be on getting new supporters – the next generation of leaders, committee chairs and event chairpersons. And an expansion is also on the horizon, he said. “We don’t have a specific timeline, but in the next five to 10 years, there will be some structural changes, and our physical footprint will be different,” he said. “We’ve been here 31 years, and we’ve done some great things, but you can feel that the ball is just starting to roll.” n


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Kevin Brown

A 10-year reflection on community, business and a fulfilling life


KEVIN BROWN | 10-YEAR REFLECTIONS: Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service owner and funeral director Kevin Brown was the cover subject of the Chamber Magazine Winter 2011 debut issue. An ardent supporter of the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, he has been a member for 24 years and served as board president for three non-consecutive terms. Brown majored in business administration at Ball State University. A selfdescribed people-person with an entrepreneurial spirit, Brown loves being in business and enjoys a good challenge. Here, Brown updates us on the past 10 years.

business

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Has the funeral business seen any significant changes in the past 10 years? How would you describe the overall mindset of the business community in Henry County? The funeral business has seen several changes in the past 10 years, most significantly in the past 18 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many businesses, we have had to adapt at unbelievable levels, and sometimes adapt anew each day, never knowing what tomorrow will bring. We are seeing some new trends in what people want as far as services, and we are always more than willing to provide whatever is requested, if at all possible. I would describe the mindset of the business community in Henry County as a bit weary because of the pandemic, the lack of staffing available, and everything that goes along with that. However, it’s not constructive to dwell on the negatives. I think that the business community is excited for the future of Henry County. Economically, I feel we are emerging from a dark period, and we see a new light at the end of the tunnel.

chamber of commerce

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You continue to be heavily involved in the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Looking back over the past 10 years, can you point to something the Chamber has done that is especially impactful? When you look to the future, what do you think the Chamber needs to pursue for the community? The Chamber has established an educational scholarship through the Henry County Community Foundation, which has been extremely well-received. Also, the Downtown Christmas Walk has been very successful. It creates a vibe that is reminiscent of downtown New Castle in the 1950s, where the streets are packed with shoppers, live music playing, and there’s a bustle that is exhilarating. In the future, I feel the Chamber needs to cater to specific needs of the members. We spend a lot of time and effort raising funds, which is absolutely necessary, but we need to focus more on the members’ needs for their specific businesses.

community

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Because you have spent most of your life in New Castle, you have seen many changes in the community. As you look back over the past 10 years, what do you consider the most significant change in your hometown, and what would you point to as the most important area for improvement? The most significant changes I have seen are the reemergence of manufacturing and the creation of jobs in our community, which brought a renewed sense of community pride and positivity in the air. However, we are in dire need of a name-brand hotel in New Castle. Most of our visitors are forced to find out-of-town lodging because of the lack of local available rooms.

family

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It is obvious your family is important to you. When the article was written 10 years ago, your brothers worked with you at Hinsey-Brown. How do you balance family and work relationships? Your children were mentioned in the article: Evan was 15 and Olivia was 12. Can you update us on them? My extended family is very close. We all live locally. My parents are still living and active in the community. My older brother, David, operates the monument store for us, Wearly Monument on Road 3. My younger brother, Andy has his own asphalt business, AB Sealcoating, but works for the funeral home during the winter months. My wife, Cindy, and I have been married for 26 years. Our 25-year-old son, Evan, is married and lives in New Castle. Our daughter, Olivia, is 22 and is married and lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. We have three grandchildren.

music

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Music is a huge part of your life. You play trumpet and piano/organ, sing, and describe your style as “jazzy gospel.” Have you picked up new instruments or hobbies? You recorded a CD of solo trumpet music that benefitted Haitian people through a favorite charity. Are you still involved with those efforts? Music is still my passion. I play organ at church every week. I also enjoy playing piano at home. I like to play my accordion, which my Mom taught me many years ago. She learned accordion at a young age, and I like the sound of an accordion. Just like a Hammond organ. No other organ has a Hammond B-3 sound. I enjoy jazz and gospel, and like to mix the styles. I haven’t played the trumpet in a while. I do not have any hobbies, but I enjoy antiques. However, during shopping excursions, I try to adopt the “just-looking” attitude and resist the urge to buy! I continue to support the Haitian missions through my church. Although I haven’t recorded another CD, I have considered it. I think if I produce another, it would have a Christmas theme. n CHAMBER MAGAZINE, Fall 2021 | 19


2012

Henry Community Health

10 YEARS

A reflection of HCH milestones since the launch of Chamber Magazine

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enry Community Health, which has served Henry County since 1930, is constantly changing to meet the health needs of community residents. As medicine and science advances, the county’s largest employer stays ahead of the curve by upgrading and expanding, and numerous national awards and certifications bear witness to HCH’s success. When Chamber Magazine made its debut in the winter of 2011, it was evident that HCH would play prominently in the publication’s pages because of its impact on the community and its active role in the Chamber. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the past 10 years at HCH.

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Dr. Matthew Barrett, medical director of the Advanced Wound Center, stands with the newly acquired hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers in 2011.

2011 The Advanced Wound Center at what was then named Henry County Hospital upgrades with the delivery of hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers in October. The technology helps speed healing of wounds through oxygen therapy.

RECOGNITIONS: Henry County Hospital is a Total Knee 5-Star recipient from Healthgrades for the third consecutive year.

Kyle Siewert, Blue River Valley basketball standout from the 1990s, returns to his Henry County home as an orthopedic surgeon at Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Forest Ridge in New Castle.

RECOGNITIONS: Henry County Hospital is a Total Knee 5-Star recipient from Healthgrades for the fourth consecutive year.

2015 Attendees in HCH’s Affairs of the Heart event in 2013.

2013 “Affairs of the Heart” draws record crowd of 600 people. The fifth annual event, sponsored by Henry County Hospital and St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, educates women about the dangers of heart disease .

RECOGNITIONS: Knee 5-Star recipient. Henry County Hospital becomes an accredited Chest Pain Center.

2014 Dr. Kyle Siewert joins the team at Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Forest Ridge in New Castle in 2012.

HCH expands with a physician office in Cambridge City: Cambridge City Family Health Partners.

RECOGNITIONS: Joint Replacement, Knee & Hip Fracture 5-Star recipient. Total Knee 5-Star recipient. Treatment of Respiratory Failure 5-Star recipient. “A” Hospital Safety Score Fall 2014 – The Leapfrog Group.

Henry County Hospital named in top 5% in nation for outstanding patient experience by Healthgrades in 2015. RECOGNITIONS: Henry County Hospital recognized as among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for “Outstanding Patient Experience,” adding to a reputation that it provides the highest quality in healthcare across a lifespan.

Henry County Hospital partners with Women’s Clinic at ICAP (Interlocal Community Action Program, Inc.) and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Muncie forming a breast health program with seamless, quality breast health care. ICAP partnership provides free clinical breast and cervical cancer screenings. Women are empowered with health insurance options.


2016 Henry County Hospital becomes Henry Community Health to better describe its health care mission. “We’re not just a hospital anymore,” said Brian Ring, chief operating officer, noting a medical group of 30-plus physicians, advanced practitioners and numerous medical specialties. “We’re focused on the community and what we can do to keep people healthy and make things better.”

Brian Ring, chief operating officer for HCH, describes the plans for the new health campus being built in 2016. RECOGNITIONS: HCH recognized by Healthgrades as top 2% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” and “Patient Safety Excellence.” Treatment of Respiratory Failure 5-Star recipient from Healthgrades for the third consecutive year. 100 Top Rural & Community Hospitals from Chartis Center/iVantage. Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals

Major building projects: Surgery department expansion. New medical office building at Northfield Park.

2020

2018 HCH opens its new primary healthcare campus at Northfield Park in 2017.

2017

New Primary Care Campus opens at Northfield Park. The new, 50,000-squarefoot building on the north side of New Castle focuses on making health services more convenient for the community, and houses primary care, immediate care, physician offices, a lab-draw area, pharmacy and classrooms for health education programs.

RECOGNITIONS: 100 Top Rural & Community Hospitals from Chartis Center/ iVantage. Grade “A” for Patient Safety from Leap Frog. Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals. Top 5% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” by Healthgrades.

HCH expands its same-day surgery by adding two endoscopy rooms and 12 same-day surgery suites.

Henry Community Health is named 2017 New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year at the March 2018 annual meeting. RECOGNITIONS: Top 5% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” by Healthgrades. Wound Care Center of Excellence award from Healogics. Grade “A” for Patient Safety from Leap Frog. 100 Top Rural & Community Hospitals from Chartis Center/ iVantage. Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals.

The recent addition of 3-D mammography equipment increases diagnostic abilities.

HCH President and CEO Paul Janssen accepts the New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business of the Year award at the Chamber’s annual dinner in 2018.

HCH buys 40 acres in Knightstown for future growth. The VertiFlex Superion titanium implant, shown here with a penny for scale.

2019

HCH expands its surgery department, adding operating room #6.

New outpatient surgery at HCH features a Vertiflex Superion titanium HCH healthcare implant. The professionals bravely minimally invasive care for patients procedure helps through lockdowns people suffering and quarantines. The from debilitating community notices. back and leg pain Yard signs and while standing. social media posts thank those in the healthcare industry for their efforts, and fittingly recognize them as heroes. HCH’s Dr. Andy Davisson (left) and Dr. Scott Taylor treat patients with neck and back pain.

New Cambridge City physician office building opens: Cambridge City Family Health Partners. RECOGNITIONS: Top 5% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” by Healthgrades. 100 Top Rural & Community Hospitals from Chartis Center/iVantage. Becker’s 100 Great Community Hospitals.

HCH collaborates with St. Vincent Health on “Telestroke” that connects HCH stroke patients remotely to a St. Vincent Health neurologist to provide quicker diagnosis and treatment.

HCH’s dietary staff continue their work amid the pandemic.

HCH responds to the COVID-19 pandemic by utilizing “telemedicine,” allowing patients to connect with medical professionals without direct physical contact.

RECOGNITIONS: Top 5% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” by Healthgrades. Level 8 Acute & Ambulatory from Chime Digital Health Most Wired survey. Hospital of Distinction in Fetal and Maternal Health from IHA iNspire. Best Community Rural Hospital award from eMediHealth.

HCH Board of Trustee member John Pidgeon receives the distinctive Award of Merit from the Indiana Hospital Association in 2021. The prestigious IHA Award of Merit recognizes outstanding personal achievement in support of the humanitarian and management goals of Indiana healthcare institutions. From left: Former HCH CEO Blake Dye, Pidgeon, Former HCH CEO Jack Basler, and HCH President and CEO Paul Janssen.

2021 Pidgeon has served on the HCH four-member board since 1972. During his 49-year tenure, Pidgeon’s leadership has guided HCH to receive many regional and national awards in quality, safety, and patient experience. With more than 50 years of successful business experience, Pidgeon’s guidance and entrepreneurial thinking have helped keep HCH viable in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

RECOGNITIONS: Top 5% of hospitals nationally for “Outstanding Patient Experience” by Healthgrades.

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