John D. Payne of Norwalk was one of 30 health care professionals recently honored as a 2017 candidate for Northwest Ohio Hospital Council Healthcare Heroes program, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to health and wellbeing in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Payne was nominated for the leadership he has provided Fisher-Titus Medical Center as a member and officer of the medical center’s board of directors over the past 19 years.
“John has always been passionate about providing the very best health care possible in Norwalk, Ohio,” said Lorna Stayer, president of Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
Over the years, Payne has held nearly every senior board position in the Fisher-Titus Health organization including chairman of the Medical Center and chairman of the Fisher-Titus Health system as well, said Strayer. All board positions are voluntary. During his 19-year tenure, the organization experienced tremendous growth in facilities, greatly expanded medical services, and adopted cutting-edge technology resulting in Fisher-Titus being named as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired every year since 2011.
“John’s ability to envision and guide the process for securing a wide continuum of health care in Huron County is a gift that he has shared as a member and leader of the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Board of Directors over the years,” said Strayer. “Even now, in this time of great change for the health-care industry in our country, John continues to be a strong advocate for our local community hospital where decisions are made right here by local people for the good of our community.”
Payne is currently serving his final year on the Fisher-Titus Health board. He has additionally served other community organizations throughout his lifetime: Milan Jaycees, Norwalk Rotary Club, Norwalk Kiwanis Club, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Huron County Economic Development, Norwalk Community Development Corporation, Norwalk Economic Development Corporation, Milan Village Council, Berlin-Milan Schools, and church council.
Payne is retired from, and was a founding member of, the highly respected certified public accounting firm Payne, Nickles & Company, with offices in Norwalk and Sandusky.