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Bippus State Bank gifts Parkview Huntington

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020

Thousands of people will begin the journey toward better health and fitness in an area of the Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center that now also bears the name of The Bippus State Bank.

A plaque with the bank’s name, acknowledging its $50,000 gift to Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) through the Parkview Huntington Foundation, hangs in the Holly Sale Center’s rededicated main reception area. Encompassing registration and check-in, private scheduling rooms, seating and a display that pays tribute to the facility’s namesake, the reception area is the gateway to the 24,243-square-foot center.

The center is home to rehabilitation, fitness, sports medicine, nutrition and wellness services for both adult and pediatric needs. Bippus State Bank has directed its gift to an unrestricted fund used for enhancements to the center’s therapies and programs.

“The decision for The Bippus State Bank to partner with Parkview Huntington Foundation and the hospital’s Holly D. Sale Rehab and Wellness Center was a very easy one,” said Ryan Warner, chairman and CEO of The Bippus State Bank. “It is amazing to see all of the equipment available for the residents of Huntington, the county and surrounding areas to use for rehab from injuries or health setbacks, and for fitness improvement. This center is such a great asset to have here in Huntington. Access to this level of expertise and specialized rehabilitation without having to drive to Fort Wayne is such a benefit.”

“Not only did the center bring additional good-paying jobs to Huntington,” Warner continued, “but it also attracts residents from surrounding counties – including Allen County – to Huntington for rehab therapy, and even wound treatment at the Center for Wound Healing, which was built along with the rehab expansion. As a community bank, we feel that, by supporting this kind of project in one of the communities where we have offices, we’re meeting the expectations, not only of those communities, but also of our employees and the board of directors.”

“Ryan Warner and Bippus State Bank have been such steadfast supporters of growth,” said Juli Johnson, president of PHH. “They understand that, as a hospital, we are constantly working to expand the breadth of our services to better meet our community’s specific needs. This gift is one more way Bippus State Bank and its people have been instrumental in making Huntington a better place to live. We are so grateful for their partnership, long-term thinking and desire to promote improved quality of life.”

Since the official opening of the Holly D. Sale Center in April, the expanded facility has served patients on more than 27,600 visits. Of those visits, more than 22,370 were for rehab and 5,290- plus were for cardiopulmonary or nutrition/diabetes education.

“The dedication gift from Bippus State Bank reflects the assistance the bank has offered its customers in this community for decades,” said Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation. “We are proud of this association with the bank, whose generosity will help meet needs as they arise at the center for years to come.”