Violet Township Director of Operations Bill Yaple has recently been appointed as a new member of the Fairfield Medical Center Board of Directors.
He joins the 15-member board along with Dr. Renee Wagner of Lancaster. Both will serve three-year terms.
The appointment marks the continuation of an impressive record of service by Yaple in various leadership capacities in Fairfield County and beyond.
With an expertise grounded in the construction sector, Yaple said the medical field presents a new set of challenges.
"It's something new for me because I've never been heavily involved in the medical field, other than using it like most (people)," Yaple said.
"It will be a major learning experience over the next couple of years."
Yaple said he is looking forward to being involved with new programming implemented by the Medical Center for both doctors and nurses.
"A lot of things are going on with (FMC)," Yaple said.
"It is (now) associated with Ohio University (College of Osteopathic Medicine).
"Last Saturday we graduated four (students), two of them are staying with (FMC)," he said.
Yaple said he expects to utilize his construction background in assisting the Medical Center to coordinate new expansion plans.
"(FMC) announced two months ago there will be a $35 million expansion to build six new surgical rooms," he said.
"The current rooms are not large enough to handle robotic surgery, they're cramped," Yaple said.
"The new six rooms will be identical in size and will have no problem handling the robotics. That's an exciting venture for me being in the construction industry," he said.
Yaple currently serves on the Fairfield Regional Planning Commission and is a member of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, where he is chairman of both the building and bylaws committees.
He previously worked for more than 20 years as vice president of field operations with Columbus-based Weiser and Rush Construction Co.
In addition, he served is a past president of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Association.
At the helm in Violet Township since 1997, Yaple downshifted to part-time status at the township in January.
"I now work 24 to 30 hours a week at most," said Yaple, adding he chose to work part-time because he wanted "to step away some" as well as focus on his new responsibilities at FMC.
According to the Medical Center, the role of the Board of Directors is to oversee the hospital's performance as to quality and safety, patient satisfaction, finance and to appoint/credential the medical staff. It is also part of their duty to make policy decisions for the overall operation of the center.
Yaple lives in Canal Winchester with his wife, Jan. He also serves on the board of trustees at Hope United Methodist Church.