DOVER -- Monte Ball of New Philadelphia has been named director of Development for Union Hospital in Dover. In that position, Ball will have responsibility for planning and conducting fundraising initiatives to benefit Union Hospital.

The appointment of Ball to the hospital's leadership team was made today by Bruce James, Union Hospital president and CEO.

"We are fortunate to have this opportunity to bring an experienced and effective professional like Monte Ball to Union Hospital," James said. "He knows this area and many people in the community. More importantly, he understands the value of this hospital to local residents and the importance of community support for today and for our future."

Ball will begin his duties at Union Hospital on June 1 after completing his tenure as director of Advancement for Kent State University Tuscarawas.

"I am looking forward to being part the Union Hospital team and to help shape our development strategy to meet the future healthcare needs of our community," Ball said.

"I have truly enjoyed my time at Kent State Tuscarawas and I have the utmost respect for Dr. Gregg Andrews and his team for their many accomplishments. The quality of life in the Tuscarawas Valley region has certainly been enhanced because of access to an affordable college education and exposure to a variety of cultural experiences."

According to the hospital president, Union Hospital has a long history of generous community support that has helped build the facilities and acquire state-of-the-art technology. As it has grown, James said

Union Hospital has become the community's largest charitable organization.

"Our not-for-profit mission resulted in more than $9 million in free and discounted hospital services provided to thousands of patients each year, as well as many community health outreach services," James said.

Ball's wife Linda is an instructional supervisor for Quaker Digital Academy and they are very active in the community and their church.

Ball is the author of a recently released book based on the letters his father wrote during World War II.