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Hospital Board Elects Wierda as Chairman
Donald F. Wierda was elected chairman of the Kent & Queen Annes Hospital board of directors and Charles D. "Chip" MacLeod was elected as vice-chairman at the boards annual meeting. The Hospitals Board includes twelve volunteer community representatives and the presidents of the hospitals Auxiliary, Medical Staff and Foundation.
William R. Kirk, Jr., president & CEO of the Hospital, serves as president of the board. Jerry McCarthy, vice president for finance, is the treasurer while Robin E. Klinefelter, vice president, strategy development, holds the post of secretary.
Wierda was first elected to the Hospital Board in 1995 and has served as chairman of its nominating and marketing committees. He is a member of the Chester River Health System board of directors and was chairman of its governance committee. Before he retired, he was the president and CEO of U.S. Navigation Co. in New York. In addition, Wierda works with the Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) in Kent County and has been a board member for both the Kent Hospice Foundation and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. He lives near Rock Hall.
MacLeod, a resident of Worton, is associated with Funk & Bolton, P.A. where his concentration is local government law and public finance. Prior to receiving his law degree last year, he worked as the administrator for Kent County government.
Three new members were elected for three-year terms. David Newell, Ph. D., Chestertown, a philosophy professor at Washington College who has extensive training in biomedical ethics, has joined the board. For eight years he served as an advisor to the Hospital, first to the Nursing Ethics Committee and then to the Patient Care Advisory Committee. He has served as a board member of Kent Hospice Foundation, Kent Youth and is currently the vice president of the Chestertown Rotary Club.
Also elected were Harry J. Pisapia, the mayor of Galena, who is an insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance Company. He is a member of the Galena Volunteer Fire Company and an active member of St. Dennis Church in Galena. The third new member is Edward G. Smith, a resident of Centreville, who retired as the president and owner of Smith Oil Company in Pennsylvania. He currently owns the Mill Stream florist and gift shop in Centreville. He has served as president of the Centreville Lions Club and Commander of the Jeff Davis American Legion Post # 18.
Four retiring Board members were recognized for more than 40 years of service: W. Jackson Stenger, J. Carville Robinson, Michael R. Moore and Virginia W. Duffey. Each received a framed resolution honoring their dedication and tireless efforts to maintain and improve upon quality healthcare services to our community.
Stenger, Robinson and Moore will continue to serve on the Chester River Health System Board of Directors.