Meridian Health Services - CURRENT Summer 2018

rialzo ix commemorative current R RIALZO IX REACHED NEW HEIGHTS BY RAISING more than $200,000 for Meridian Health Services and the Maternal Treatment Program. Rialzo is Meridian’s annual charity gala that combines a purpose with a party. This year, the theme was “a whole new world,” and the focus was on raising funds to help fight drug addiction, particularly among mothers and their newborns. Nearly 1,000 guests attended. “Each year, I am reminded how generous our community can be,” said Hank Milius, Meridian’s President and CEO. “We are grateful for all the support and goodwill that comes together every year.” Funds from Rialzo IX, for the second consecutive year, were put toward outreach and recovery programs for infants with NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome) and their mothers struggling with drug addiction, making them feel supported as they go through recovery. “We’re addressing the needs of the mothers,” said Meridian Board Member Michael Lunsford. “It’s the only way to solve the problem. You’ve got to meet it at the beginning.” Honored with this year’s Spirit of Meridian Award was Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Arnold, who has more than 30 years of service to the criminal justice system. “Jeff has worked alongside us to tackle the problems of addiction in our community,” Milius said. “We couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.” Mary and Cornelius Dollison also were recognized during the evening, receiving the coveted “Sagamore of the Wabash,” the state’s highest honor. “We have a very unusually nice community,” Cornelius said. “We benefit from that because the community helps us do what we do.” Rialzo helps raise dollars to support Meridian’s work in primary medical care, OBGYN gynecology, pediatrics, behavioral health and social health. Meridian is uniquely equipped to provide care for all stages of life and all facets of care. 76 CURRENT | Meridian Health Services | Summer 2018