Corydon CPA named to hospital board
Corydon Certified Public Accountant Donn Blank, Corydon, was appointed to Harrison County Hospital’s board of directors Saturday morning. His willingness to serve multiple terms was the deciding factor in the choice made by the Harrison County Commission-ers.
One nominee, Danny Utz, withdrew from consideration, leaving Blank and Parvin Lambertus. Both have strong ties to Lanesville, a trait the commissioners said was a necessity for filling the seat left vacant by the Jan. 28 death of Parvin Baumgart.
Baumgart was appointed to the position in June 1966 and became its chairman the following year. Steve Taylor, executive director of HCH said Baumgart chaired 475 board meetings.
At a special planning session Saturday, Commissioner Jim Heitkemper moved to appoint Lambertus to the HCH board but neither J.R. Eckart nor James Goldman would second the motion. Both said Lambertus was qualified but did not seem interested in serving beyond the current term.
‘Even if he were only there for three years, I think they would greatly benefit from his experience,’ Heitkemper said.
Eckart and Goldman said the position would be best served by a member who learned on the job and remained available for future terms.
Goldman made the motion to appoint Blank, and Eckart seconded the motion. That was all that’s needed by the three-member commission to pass.
During an interview later, Blank pointed out that he was asked to serve on the board, ‘and I feel it’s a privilege to be able to serve in a position like that, particularly when there is such a change of hands with the new hospital.’
Blank, founder of Blank & Ingram CPA’s, said he hopes his knowledge of accounting will benefit the board. He said that after he told current board members that he is no hospital expert, they responded, ‘None of us were when we started.’
Blank said he thought Lambertus would have also been a good choice by the commissioners. And he acknowledged that he had some big shoes to fill as Baumgart’s successor.
‘I don’t think anyone in the county has been more dedicated to the hospital,’ he said.
Among issues on the horizon, Blank mentioned marketing the new hospital and making it profitable. He said HCH is an important Harrison County employer, bringing revenue to the county in addition to providing varied health care.
And as far as longevity is concerned, ‘I’ll stay as long as I’m alive and kickin’ and the community thinks I’m doing well at it,’ Blank said.
During an interview by the commissioners, Eckart, tongue in cheek, accused Blank of an ulterior motive: seeking to require hospital staff to man the Heritage Weekend fish booth.
The booth managed by Blank is a major Heritage Committee fund-raiser and a popular volunteering opportunity for political candidates.
‘I get a lot more volunteers during an election year, but, win or lose, most of them come back because they enjoy working there,’ Blank said.
Blank is the son of Norma Voelker Blank and the late David Blank. He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lanesville, director of food operations for Heritage Committee, and treasurer for both Leadership Harrison County and the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County.
He is also a member of Corydon Rotary, Corydon Moose Lodge, Cockadoodle Days Festival Committee and Relay For Life Committee.
Blank has a 19-year-old son, Nicholas Blank, who attends Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in Sellersburg.