Planning under way for annual health center gala

Planning is under way for the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center’s seventh-annual gala which will be held April 21 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the semi-formal event (black tie optional) that will include dinner, more than $10,000 in donated prizes through a live auction and mystery boxes, and recognition of area honorees.

Tickets are $35 each, and sponsorship packages are available and appreciated, according to Ann Quillen, executive director of the center whose mission it is to provide quality health care to the medically uninsured and underserved of Jefferson County.

“The gala funds our operating budget for the next year, so the need to be successful is vitally important,” Quillen said.

“The gala committee is in full swing already,” Quillen said of the group of community leaders “who are working hard to make our seventh-annual gala a huge success.” Dr. Frank Petrola, medical director of the center since its opening, and his wife, Eileen, are this year’s event chairs.

Among the planners are Anita Jackson, Betty Ferron, Dr. Frank Petrola, Eileen Petrola, Patricia Fletcher, Janet Sharpe, Ann Quillen, Barb Steitz, Babette Mavromatis, Jeanne D’Anniballe, Anne Misselwitz, Mary Lou Jonesk, John Westling, Rick Paterson, Chris Hyland, LeRoy Sharpe and Connie Buydasz.

The center is located at 701 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

Since opening its doors in March 2006, the center has provided care for more than 10,000 patients visits.

In 2012 alone, it provided more than 1,500 patient visits to 561 patients, according to a letter sent to past supporters.

“In 2012, we were able to save our patients more than $800,000 in medications through our Prescription Assistance Program with almost 1,200 prescriptions written,” the letter notes.

Patients are offered various health services and programs such as management and detection of chronic diseases, including diabetes and hypertension; providing referral services to programs offered by local organizations; diabetes education classes; and smoking cessation classes.

For information, contact Quillen at (740) 283-2856. The Fax number is (740) 283-2932. The website is