Starr named to senior hall of fame

May 9, 2014

A Madison County physician has been named one of 15 senior citizens improving Central Ohio.

John “Jack” C. Starr, MD, of Madison County Health Partners, was named to the 39th Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA).

An induction ceremony is scheduled for May 14 in Columbus.

“Jack possesses many skills and talents which he freely shares, especially with those who have not had it easy in life,” an agency spokesperson said. “His strong faith and his belief that all people deserve the opportunity to live a full life motivate him to do all he can to use the gifts he has been given to benefit others.”

Of more than 218,000 seniors living in central Ohio, the selected individuals represent older Ohioans who set an example by leading lives not defined by age. All winners are 60 years of age or older.

Starr received his medical degree from The Ohio State School of Medicine in 1960 and was in general practice from 1961 to 1997. In addition to his practice, he served as deputy coroner, jail physician, and director of what is now the Madison County-London City Health Department.

Since turning 60, Starr has volunteered with two nonprofits, Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic and Loving Care Hospice.

“Totally dependent on physician volunteers, the free clinic would not be thriving today without Dr. Starr,” a spokesperson said.

Starr has served as the clinic’s primary volunteer physician for the past nine years and accumulated more than 325 hours of service treating uninsured, low-income patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and depression, the COAAA said.

“Starr works a regular volunteer schedule and he is always accessible to the staff to respond to patient needs,” the spokesperson said. “With great empathy for the hardships the patients are experiencing, he believes all people have the right to health care.”

In 1991, Starr established Loving Care Hospice, a Christian-based organization which states no patient will be turned away. For 21 years, Starr has been instrumental in raising funds that make it possible to cover thousands of dollars of non-reimbursed care, the COAAA said.

From one paid employee in 1993, Loving Care Hospice has grown to 70 paid employees and 40 volunteers. It is now not only a hospice but also a home health and palliative care agency with speech and physical therapy available to patients in their home surroundings. In 2000, Loving Care expanded to Union County, opening a second office in Marysville.

Starr has served as the volunteer medical director since 1993, providing hospice and palliative care to patients.

He is a member of Maranatha Community Fellowship and London Rotary Club, and he loves to cook, garden, do magic shows, travel, paint and research genealogy. His retirement “hobby” is operating a small business, Starr Trophy & Awards, which has been in business in London since 1987.

The mission of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging is to plan, coordinate and advocate for the development and delivery of services for older adults, families and the community. The COAAA service area covers the following central Ohio counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union.