Scottsburg, IN — The Scott County Family YMCA has kicked off its Annual Campaign, with a goal of $75,000 this year – an increase over last years goal. To date, over $33,000 has been raised.

“The annual campaign helps to sustain the YMCA so we can continue to provide a wide offering of programs for youth, families and seniors, as well as provide some of the financial assistance dollars for people of all ages and all income levels to join the YMCA and participate in our programs. “Y memberships and programs are available on a sliding scale so all Scott County residents can participate” said YMCA board of directors chairman Greg Prince. “We increased our campaign goal because there is a greater need due to challenges caused by outside issues, especially the Covid 19 pandemic resulting in a 2-month closing and increases in operating expenses.”
Member Joe Smith was one of several people who said the YMCA has changed his life for the better. He commented that exercising and staying healthy are important to his quality of life. “ I like the Y because I can visit with old friends and make new friends. The Y is just not a building, it’s based on a mutual need by everyone who comes to the Y. The Y is all about the relationships I’ve established. The Y is the place where I can get out of the house in a safe place, where you are taken care of and can bless people. It’s important for both my mental and physical health.”
CEO Jon Hill, who has worked for various YMCAs for 30 years, stated “A successful campaign will help keep the YMCA running smoothly and keep its sliding-fee scale low income families intact for the next year. Hill, who became CEO in February of 2020 has seen the local Y grow from a store front operation using community facilities to the present building. “I have seen kids grow up in the Y and I see adults working out today who were in Y programs as kids. Four generations of families have been served by the Y and this will continue for future generations. Currently, 51 percent of YMCA members and up to 65 percent of children in its programs receive assistance with their fees, he said.”
Rhonda Stephens is the Campaign Chairman and has been a board member for two years. “The YMCA is more than a gym,” she said. It’s a community. It brings people together, and lifelong friendships are made.” “No one understands more than we do that it’s uncomfortable and sometimes hard to ask people for money, but to ask them to help send a child to camp, or to help support after-school programs so that children don’t spend the afternoon unattended, well that’s an easy ask.” Stephens said one of her greatest concerns for the community is the health problems of the county. “Currently 40 percent of children are overweight. Just as disturbing is that Scott County rates 90th in over all health out of 92 Indiana counties. Also, diabetes in adults is a huge concern.”
Stephens commented further that, “Y Volunteers have begun giving their time and money to help raise the $75000. All of our Volunteers make a personal donation themselves.”
“Our goal is to contact over 700 YMCA friends, participants, and businesses, said Stephens. The theme of this year’s campaign is “The Y: Building Brighter Futures” “This campaign makes it possible for our YMCA to ensure that everyone who wants to improve their mind, body, and spirit, regardless of their income level, can become a Y member.”
Campaign volunteers include Greg Prince, Lyndi Hughbanks, Kathy Dodds, Rhonda Stephens, Richie Buchanan, Gary Hubbard, Drew Hyden, Terri Buchanan, David Starnes, John English, Donald Conner, Shane Bowling, Joie Bukowski, and Lois Bukowski. Additional volunteers are welcome.
For more information, to volunteer or to make a contribution, call Jon Hill at 812-752-9622.

Do you know about THRIVE,  Scott County’s Recovery Engagement Center?

First Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg

HOURS Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm

This ‘Resource Hub’ offers a variety of services including Treatment Referrals (inpatient/outpatient), HIV/HCV/STD testing, Care Coordination, Linkage to Medical, Mental Health, and/or MAT Care, and connecting clients to community services and recovery groups. Peer Recovery Coaches bring the lived
experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision to assist clients in initiating and maintaining recovery, as well as helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery.


Scott County Recovery Support Groups Meeting Schedule(rev 7/31/2020)

MONDAY AA Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave. Scottsburg, 7-8pm

MONDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): First Baptist Church of Crothersville, 305 E. Howard St.,

Crothersville, 6:30-9 pm

TUESDAY AA Closed Women’s Discussion: Maranatha House, 87 Washington St., Scottsburg, 11a-12p

TUESDAY WOMEN’S CR Step Study: Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6-7 pm

WEDNESDAY MEN’S CR Step Study: Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6-7:30 pm

WEDNESDAY AA Closed Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg,
8-9 pm

WEDNESDAY “Helping Hand” Peers Recovery Group: Cherry St. Building, corner of First & Cherry
St., Austin, 6:30-8 pm

THURSDAY “Chain Breaker” Support Group: New Frankfort Pentecostal Church, 3321 E. State Rd.
256, Austin, 12-2 pm

THURSDAY NA “Hope For Us” Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave.,
Scottsburg, 7-8:30 pm

THURSDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): Church of the New Covenant, 1054 Clay St., Austin, 6:30 pm

SATURDAY NA “Hope For Us” Open Discussion: Presbyterian Church Basement, 396 W. McClain Ave.,
Scottsburg, 2-3:30 pm

SATURDAY AA Closed Discussion: Heritage Station Train Depot, 90 N. Main St., Scottsburg, 8-9 pm

SUNDAY TEEN “Chain Breaker” Meeting: New Frankfort Church, 3321 E. St. Rd. 256, Austin.
Breakfast 9:30am, Meeting 10-11 am

SUNDAY CR (Celebrate Recovery): The Rock, 750 S. Gardner St., Scottsburg, 4-6 pm

Al-Anon: Friends and relatives OF alcoholics/addicts. Maranatha House, 87 Washington St., Scottsburg,
Wednesday 6-7 p.m.

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Scott Memorial Health is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-15. Each May, National Hospital Week provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need, and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve.

“As our community continues the fight against COVID-19, the pivotal role our healthcare workers play in the well-being of society is clearer than ever,” said Martin Padgett, chief executive officer (CEO) of Scott Memorial Health. “Their tireless efforts on the front lines of this disease and their commitment to quality care and patient safety year-round are critical to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. We proudly honor these heroes during National Hospital Week and commend their inspiring efforts to serve others.”

Scott Memorial Health will be marking the national observance with an internal celebration of reward and recognition, and community members are encouraged to leave a special note of thanks for hospital employees at

The hospital plays an important role in supporting the health and vitality of Scott County all year long. From welcoming 18 new providers and expanding services, to investing more than $300,000 in new clinical technology and facility improvements, Scott Memorial Health is committed to meeting the evolving health needs of the community and enhancing access to high quality care close to home.

As one of the region’s economic leaders, the organization employs nearly 200 staff and contributed $2,335,338 in taxes to the local and state economies last year. Additionally, it is proud to sponsor a number of local community organizations and non-profits, including Casa of Scott County, Cradle, Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Kids First, Kiwanis Club Flag Program, Mayor’s Good Neighbor Award, Scott County 4-H, Scott County Family YMCA, Scott County Partnership, Scottsburg High School, United Way of Scott County and We Care. Ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality and compassionate care they need is a top priority for the organization and fundamental to its mission. In 2019 alone, Scott Memorial Health provided more than $5.1 million of charity and other uncompensated care, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

“Scott County is a wonderful place to call home, and we are privileged to have a significant impact on its health and economic well-being,” said Cindy Watts, chair of Scott Memorial Health’s board of trustees. “As we celebrate National Hospital Week amid unprecedented challenges this year and begin to look to the future, we are aware that healthcare – like other aspects of life – might look a little different. What will not change, though, is our mission and our commitment to this community. We will continue to put the health and well-being of our neighbors first, ensuring safe places of care and a healthier community for us all.”



Scott Memorial Health is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being an effective way to prevent the spread of the illness. The hospital has already instituted a universal masking protocol within its facilities and requires anyone entering to wear a face mask at all times.

“Scott Memorial Health strongly encourages our community members to wear masks because each of us plays an important role in helping to keep our community safe and protect one another from the spread of infectious diseases,” says Larry “Skip” Hunefeld, M.D., chief of staff at Scott Memorial Health. “One of the easiest and most effective ways we can look out for each other and aid in the fight against COVID-19 is to wear a face mask in public spaces right now.”

Recent studies have shown that universal masking can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, especially in individuals who may be asymptomatic and unaware that they are ill. Face masks and cloth face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and be held securely in place with loops or ties.

“Until there is a vaccine, wearing a mask in public, practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene are our best lines of defense in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Dr. Hunefeld says. “That’s why we’ve established a universal masking protocol in our facilities to help protect our patients, providers and employees, and we’re encouraging our fellow citizens to do the same in other public places. By looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together and continue making our community healthier.”

For more information from the CDC on face coverings and how to make your own, visit To learn more about how Scott Memorial Health is working to ensure the safety of patients during this time, visit