New Leadership for Wayne Memorial Board
The Board of Trustees of Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health System welcomed new leadership at its October 29th board meeting at the hospital. Lee Oakes, who had served as chair since 2009 and on the board altogether for 12 years, stepped down and fellow trustee Dirk Mumford assumed his new role as chairman. The Northern Wayne county resident and former Exxon executive joined the Board in 2007.
“I consider myself both honored and privileged to be elected as Chair of the Hospital and System Boards,” said Mumford. “My gratitude is tempered, however, when I consider the achievements of my predecessor, the work currently in progress at the hospital and the challenges which lie ahead. I am deeply grateful to have the benefit of a gifted and professional hospital management and staff, as well as knowledgeable and committed fellow board members, for advice and support.
Mumford, who had been 1st Vice Chair, was succeeded in that post by Hugh Rechner. Joann Hudak is now 2nd Vice Chair and Susan Mancuso replaced Judi Mortensen as Secretary. Ted Edgar remains in the position of Treasurer. Both Lee Oakes and Mortensen had “termed out” of their respective time and positions on the Board.
Oakes distributed a letter to her fellow board members, thanking them for the opportunity to serve with them and noting their progress and hard work in challenging times. “Medical advances, technical innovations, new patient care models, new federal and state oversight mandates, and uncertain economic conditions, have required all healthcare providers, especially hospitals, to reinvent themselves or perish,” Oakes wrote, “Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health System has proved itself more than equal to the task.”
In lieu of traditional parting gifts (such as a special Wayne Memorial Board chair), both Oakes and Mortensen, who had served 14 years on the Board, chose to donate the funds back to the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation. Mortensen donated hers in memory of George W. Tietjen, MD the late WMHS Chief of Staff.