First Federal pledges 15K to new autism center

First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Zahn (left) and Chief Financial Officer Randy Sizemore discuss plans for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center with Kay Schwob in the space at 2806 Theater Ave., where the center will open.
First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Zahn (left) and Chief Financial Officer Randy Sizemore discuss plans for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center with Kay Schwob in the space at 2806 Theater Ave., where the center will open. Photo provided.

First Federal Savings Bank of Huntington has announced a pledge of $15,000 toward a start-up campaign for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center.

The donation will be spread out over a three-year period.

The Autism Center, announced last October by the Parkview Huntington Foundation, will provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for autistic patients and their families from throughout northeast Indiana.

It will open this year with offices at Parkview Huntington Hospital and in renovated space that formerly housed the Parkview Home Health Care and Hospice offices at 2806 Theater Ave.

The center will tailor treatment to each child's needs and will provide education to family members.

"We are very grateful for the contribution First Federal Savings Bank has made to support the children of Huntington County," says Kay Schwob, board of directors chair, Parkview Huntington Foundation. "This lead gift is crucial to our goal to raise $45,000 for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center."

"The Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center will be a great community asset," says Michael Zahn, president and CEO, First Federal Savings Bank. "Parkview Huntington is a good community steward and First Federal Savings Bank is excited to partner with them in this important venture."

Work on the facility will begin once necessary permits are secured. Plans call for the facility to be able to treat as many as 40 patients, for up to 40 hours per week. It will be one of the largest facilities of its kind in Indiana.

"Parkview Huntington Hospital is beyond thankful for First Federal's large gift to support the Autism Center," stated Darlene Garrett, COO, Parkview Huntington Hospital.  "It's great to see community leaders showing such support of this project, as this will provide resources to many local families."

"The Autism Center is a major step for Parkview Huntington Hospital and Parkview Health to serve these children and their caregivers," said Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation. "First Federal's generosity is critical to the Foundation's success in supporting this effort."

Complete caption: First Federal Savings Bank President and CEO Michael Zahn (left) and Chief Financial Officer Randy Sizemore discuss plans for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Autism Center with Kay Schwob in the space at 2806 Theater Ave., where the center will open this year. Schwob is chair of Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, which has received a lead gift of $15,000 from First Federal for the project.