Former Highland District Hospital Chief Executive Officer Eloise Yochum Moran passed away Feb. 19, 2022.

She was 91.

Moran, a Marshall High School graduate, was a local fixture in the health care industry for over half a century, including serving as CEO of Highland District Hospital for 17 years from 1981-98.

In 1950, she joined the hospital as a member of the medical records and accounting office. Eleven years later, she was named manager of the business office, a position she also held for 17 years. For three years, Moran served as assistant to the CEO before being promoted to CEO in 1981.

According to her obituary, “During her time of leadership, major improvements were accomplished, including bringing financial stability and expanding cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics, physical therapy and ophthalmology services. A pharmacy department and Care-a-Van service were added for much-needed community services. 

“One former colleague wrote of Eloise, ‘Your personal service to HDH has been distinguished by both length of time and impact. Under your leadership the hospital sustained its greatest single period of growth and transition while maintaining economic stability. Beyond expansion and financial success, however, you established the fundamental value of this institution, which is “Caring Close to Home.” It is this principle flowing forth from your extraordinary vision and foresight which served as our guiding light in meeting the challenges of the future.’” 

Moran continued to work in the health care field upon retiring from HDH, as she joined the Clinton Memorial Hospital board in 2001, then later served as interim hospital administrator at CMH for two years. Her obituary describes the health care field as “her passion and mission in life.”

She was inducted into the Highland County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1987, being recognized for her contributions to the health care industry. She was a member of the Small and Rural Hospital Southwestern Ohio Council, The American Hospital Association, the Greater Cincinnati Hospital Council and Ohio Hospital Association. 

Moran’s service to the community also included serving on the NCB Board of Directors and as a member of the Hillsboro Church of Christ, Highland County Chamber of Commerce, Liberal Arts Club and Hillsboro Women’s Club.

Moran’s first husband, Paul Yochum, and second husband, Dr. Joseph Moran, preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, stepchildren, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at the Hillsboro Church of Christ on Wednesday, March 2 from 4-7 p.m. and again Thursday, March 3 from 10-11 a.m. preceding the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the church with Jim Bush officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Hillsboro Cemetery. Turner Funeral Home is serving the family.

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