Doug Fischesser, executive director of the Fayette Regional Health System Foundation, has announced that he will retire from that position on September 3, 2018. An appreciation reception will be held from noon – 1 pm on Wednesday, August 29, in the Fayette Regional atrium — the public is invited to attend.
Since stepping into the role as Executive Director in 2007, Fischesser has guided the FRHS Foundation in awarding over $2.5 million in funds to Fayette Regional Hospital, Fayette County School Corporation and numerous business and charitable causes in the Whitewater Valley.
With Fischesser as Executive Director, the FRHS Foundation has contributed to numerous Fayette Regional projects including HealthPlex located in Brookville, 3rd floor in-patient renovation, and the emergency room renovation.
Foundation fundraising events have been annual staples in the community under Fischesser’s leadership including the annual gala in the spring, golf outing in late summer and the new casino night in the fall.
“We are grateful for the Fayette Regional Foundation’s work over the past 11 years and what it has meant for our hospital & community,” stated Jim McNally, FRHS Foundation Board President. “Doug is a genuine professional.”
Fischesser duties included serving on behalf of the Foundation in many civic organizations including Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and Knights of Columbus. His involvement ranged from at-large membership to serving as president for Kiwanis in 2012 and Rotary in 2015.
Fischesser began his professional career in industrial fastener sales, covering a three-state area for 28 years. Fischesser managed over $30 million in accounts, and he added, “Sales was my passion, and that experience served me well in the Foundation.”
Fischesser has a unique love of golf, and quite a long resume. He was a 2nd place finisher at the 1977 US Amateur Championships, member on the 1979 United States Walker Cup team, qualifier for the 1978 and 1980 Masters Tournament. He was also an active competitor for several years in the Indiana amateur golf circle. Fischesser was voted into the Indiana Golf Association Hall of Fame and Culver Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Fischesser took his vast golf experience, and turned it into a way to give back to the community as Connersville High School’s boys’ varsity golf coach for 13 years.
“I loved the time I spent coaching at Connersville,” said Fischesser. “There were a lot of great kids over the years, on and off the course.”
Fischesser also coached boys’ and girls’ youth basketball for 10 years, and served on the St. Gabriel School Board for eight years.
“Anyone who has known Doug throughout his life, and especially over the last 20 years, will agree his overall contributions to this community will be long appreciated,” McNally added.
Reflecting on his tenure with the FRHS Foundation, Fischesser feels his biggest impact was made through fundraising and the personal involvement with the donors in the community. “Fayette Regional has top-notch facilities, and it’s position in the community is a great asset,” Fischesser said. “I feel very blessed to have had the chance to work with so many wonderful people.”
McNally said the direction of the Foundation is under review, but hopes to continue to build on the contributions Fischesser made for the Foundation.
About Fayette Regional Health System Foundation
Fayette Regional Health System Foundation began with the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. J. Earl Henry who in 1981 bequeathed $627,000 to the Fayette Memorial Hospital to carry on their philanthropic spirit.
Fayette Regional Health System Foundation strives to serve the Whitewater Valley by investing in Fayette Regional Health System and partnering with organizations that provide effective and crucial support to individuals and families who are most in need of help, practical assistance and guidance. The FRHS Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. The Foundation helps to ensure that Fayette Regional Health System remains a critical resource in our community by assisting to provide state-of-the-art equipment, continuing education and staff development, community outreach, facilities expansion and charity care.