Yesterday, our last board meeting of the fiscal year was held and it ended an era. Dr. Donald Alexander attended his last WMHS board meeting after serving on the health system's board since its inception. Although we have term limits of three, three year terms, Don's term was extended after Ascension Health left the community. For continuity purposes, Don and two other board member's terms were extended since Ascension leaving left us with almost half of the board needing to be replaced. Don served as chair for three years and doing so even after he retired to Williamsburg, VA.
Don has been exceptional in his board service to the health system and both predecessor hospitals, Memorial and Sacred Heart. Don first served as an advisory board member for Sacred Heart and his service began in 1980. He then joined the Memorial Board of Trustees and served as Chair of that board.
I will miss Don greatly. He is a visionary, an excellent listener, mission and values focused, knowledgeable, supportive, and complimentary and has a wonderful sense of humor. I have been blessed to have had Don's mentorship and guidance for these so many years. He will leave a legacy at this health system that will be matched by very few. God speed, Don.