Leadership with a heart for the community.
It’s not enough to dedicate yourself to a career. To make a difference, you have to love what you do with a passion. Even more so, you have to love the people you do it for and with. That’s what sets the leaders of Memorial Health apart. They’ve been involved in healthcare for years. They study hard. They work hard. They bring a level of excellence and expertise to our hospital that shines through not only to our staff, but to the community we serve. Every plan they make, every department they oversee, every budget they approve—it’s all done to pave the way to bring you better healthcare every day
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Chip Hubbs became President/CEO of Memorial Health in March 2004. Prior to arriving in Marysville, Chip served for four years as CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Defiance County, Ohio, just outside of Fort Wayne.
Chip’s management experience spans various Senior Management positions at the Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne. He has worked as the Evening Administrator for the University of Chicago Hospitals. In all, Chip has worked for nine different hospitals throughout his career in every facet from groundskeeper and maintenance to intern, fellow, Evening Administrator, Executive Director, and CEO.
A graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Health Administration, Chip earned a fellowship at the Sinai Health System in Chicago. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received several professional acknowledgments for his work including Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Up and Comer Award in 2002, Columbus Business First’s “Forty Under 40” in September 2005, 2013 Union County Business Leader of the Year, 2014 Columbus Business First's C-Suite Award Honoree, and was listed by Becker’s Hospital Review in Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know in 2014 and 2016. He received the Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association in 2016 for advocacy and leadership in the State of Ohio.
Outside the hospital, Chip serves as President of the Fairbanks Local Schools Board of Education. He is past Board President for the Ohio Hospital Association, the Union County Chamber of Commerce, and the Union County Family YMCA. Chip is married, has four children, and resides in Marysville.
Executive Vice President
Joining Memorial Hospital in September of 2004, Spence Fisher leads our efforts in recruiting high-quality physicians to provide medical care to our communities and also researches and pursues opportunities for enhancements including the addition of new services and outreach locations. He also supports urgent care, pharmacy and lab operational areas.
Spence holds both his Bachelor and Master of Health Administration degrees from The Ohio State University. He has over ten years of healthcare experience including positions at Ernst & Young, LLP and OhioHealth.
He is active as a Board Member of the Community Improvement Corporation and the Union County Chamber of Commerce. Spence is married with two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Our Financial Officer Jeff Ehlers is named in the national list of “150 hospital and health system CFOs to know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. Awardees were selected for leadership in financially successful healthcare organizations.
He recently received a C-Suite Award from Columbus Business First, and will be honored with other Central Ohio executives at a prestigious event this fall. Honorees were selected for their leadership and contributions toward the financial success of their company or organization, how they overcome business challenges, and their role in growth and profitability.
Ehlers became controller at Memorial Hospital in 1997 and was appointed CFO in 1999. His responsibilities include overseeing accounting, admissions, billing, health information management, laboratory, home health, materials, and reimbursement.
He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSBA in Accounting, earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Urbana University, and graduated from the Union County Leadership Institute. He also has received his Certified Healthcare Finance Professional (CHFP) designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Ehlers is currently serving as Treasurer and Finance Committee member for the Union County Chamber of Commerce.
Chief Operating Officer and Administrator, Memorial Gables
Laurie Whittington has served Memorial for over 30 years. She served
as our interim CEO during the last administration transition and was
named COO in 2004. Since 2006 she has also served as the Administrator
of Memorial Gables. Laurie’s long career has included leadership over
diversified functions including quality, risk, technology, facilities,
plant operations, long-term care, diagnostic services, therapies and
Laurie is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association for Healthcare Quality. She also served as an adjunct instructor in Allied Medical Professions for The Ohio State University and is a past member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
Laurie graduated from Ohio State with a BS in Medical Technology. She earned a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Capella University and a certification from the American Society of Clinical Pathology in addition to licensure in Nursing Home Administration.
Laurie has served on the board of the United Way of Union County completing two terms, including six years on their Community Investment Committee. Since June 2014, Laurie has served as treasurer for the Lady Monarchs Softball program associated with Marysville High School.
A resident of Marysville, Laurie and her husband, Dan, are the parents of three adult children.
Chief Medical Officer
Since joining the Medical staff of Memorial Hospital in 1999, Dr. Trianfo has held many positions within our organization including, Emergency Department Physician, Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Director, Vice President of the Medical Staff, and Physician Quality Liaison. In April 2010, he joined the Administrative team in the role of Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality.
Dr. Trianfo is from Columbus, Ohio where he was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame. He earned degrees in Emergency Medical Technology and Nursing from Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from Otterbein College followed by a medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He served his internship at Doctors Hospital of Columbus. Dr. Trianfo served as chief resident of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University where he also was an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Residency Director. He is Board Certified in Family Practice. Post-graduate studies include Fellowship education at Michigan State University.
Dr. Trianfo and his wife have three children.
Chief Human Resources Officer
The newest executive to join our Senior Leadership team, Larry came aboard in 2013 to serve as Vice President of Human Resources. A seasoned veteran, he brings over 40 years of experience and has achieved many notable accomplishments during his career, including recognition from Columbus CEO Magazine as recipient of its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for HR Excellence. He was a finalist for this award in 2014, and also received a Super Star Award in Human Resources from Columbus CEO in 2008. He is responsible for over 850 employees at Memorial Hospital, Memorial Gables, Memorial Medical Group, and also for Volunteer Services.
Larry holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame. He completed graduate studies in Business Administration and Human Resources at Ball State University in Indiana. He has held leadership positions in Human Resources at Frederick Memorial Healthcare System, Grant Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and the New Albany Surgical Hospital, along with other human resources leadership roles outside of healthcare in the central Ohio area.
Larry and his wife, Michelle, reside in Westerville. They have three children and seven grandchildren who they love to spend time with. An avid sports fan, Larry loves to golf when Ohio weather allows.
Vice President of Community Engagement
Melanie Ziegler was named Vice President of Community Engagement in 2017, after serving the organization in various roles within marketing, public relations, and development since 2001.
A native of New Hampshire, where her family owned a dairy farm, she has been a resident of Union County since 1995. A position in international marketing and communications at Select Sires, Inc. brought her to Central Ohio in 1993.
Melanie has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration degree from Urbana University.
An involved community member, Melanie serves as Board Vice President for UCO Industries in Marysville, on Urbana University’s Department of Business Advisory Board, and is a member of the Union County Agriculture Association.
Melanie and her husband, Jeff, are the parents of four sons.
Assistant Vice President for Nursing Services, Memorial Hospital
Since joining the nursing staff at Memorial hospital in 2010, Ashley Boyer has worked as Minimum Data Set Coordinator, Director of Memorial Gables, and Director of Obstetrics.
Born and raised in Union County, Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio University, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Healthcare. Before coming to Memorial, she worked as a floor nurse and Minimum Data Set Nurse at Heartland of Marion.
Ashley and her husband have two children.