Employers Health Coalition, Inc. was founded in 1983 by nine Stark County employers to contain health care costs within the community. Today, as an employer-led business group, Employers Health Coalition focuses on human resource, employee benefits, legal, finance and procurement issues facing client organizations in the delivery of health benefits.

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Stark County Health Care Coalition, dedicated to the containment of health care costs in Stark County, was established by nine of the county’s largest employers.

William Wilson, Executive Secretary of the Stark County Foundation, and the chief executive officers of Controlled Power Corporation / Diebold, Inc. / The Hoover Company / Nationwide Insurance Company / Ohio Power Company / Sugardale Foods, Inc. / The Timken Company / Unimet / and White Engines, Inc. all facilitated the formation of the coalition.

In its initial year, the coalition was comprised of 25 companies, representing more than 20,000 employees. Martha DuShaw, Ph.D., was the founding Executive Director.