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Mon Health Medical Center ICU named in honor of Milan "Mike" Puskar

Posted Date: 6/14/2017
Mon Health Medical Center today dedicated its Intensive Care Unit in honor of Milan “Mike” Puskar.

Puskar, who died in October 2011 at the age of 77, was one of the Morgantown  area’s leading businessmen, philanthropists and community supporters. In the mid-1960s, he sold shares door-to-door for his new company, Mylan Laboratories, Inc.,  which later became Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Under his leadership, Mylan Pharmaceuticals became an international  manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, a local employer of more than 3,500 people and was  strongly involved in the growth and prosperity of the community. He served as company chairman from 1993 to 2009, when he retired. He also served as company president  from 1976-2000.

“Mike Puskar believed that the best investment was in people,” said Mon Health  President and CEO Darryl Duncan. “Because of this, he generously donated to many worthwhile causes including Mon General Hospital, now named Mon Health Medical  Center.

“In the last years of his life, Mike Puskar was a frequent patient in our Intensive Care Unit,” Duncan said. “Whenever he needed hospitalized, he requested that he be brought to Mon General. He was very appreciative of the extraordinary care he received from the hospital’s physicians, nurses and caregivers.

“In Mike’s honor, the Mon Health Medical Center ICU will now be called ‘The Milan “Mike” Puskar Intensive Care Unit,’” Duncan said.

During the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony, a plaque with Puskar’s photo and the Intensive Care Unit’s new name was unveiled. The permanent recognition was made possible through a number of donors who came together to remember Puskar and show their admiration for him.

John Hardesty II, a Preston County businessman and a good friend and business partner of Mike Puskar, spearheaded the drive to raise $1 million to name the ICU in Mr. Puskar’s honor.

Donors who made the ICU naming possible included Marshall and Karen Bishop, Jack Boyle, James W. Buchanan, Jr., Andy and Diana Claydon, Darryl and Shelly Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew G. Fusco, Cathy and John Garcia, Mary Anne and John R. Hardesty, Dr. and Mrs. D. Michael Kinney, Bobbi Neal, The Nowell Family, Bill and Jennifer Ogden, Brent Robinson, Pamela and Chester Schwer, March Westin, Mylan Foundation, Rosebud Mining Company and Suburban Lanes.

Johanna Puskar (left), daughter of Milan "Mike" Puskar, and John Hardesty unveil a plaque dedicating Mon Health Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to Mike Puskar.
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