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Sarasota County Public Hospital Board Appoints Tramm Hudson to Vacant At-Large Seat

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SARASOTA, FL (March 16, 2015)  – The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board appointed Tramm Hudson to the governing board’s At-Large Seat 2. 

Tramm Hudson appointed to the Sarasota County Public Hospital BoardHudson will serve on the unpaid 9-member hospital board until the election in 2016, filling a seat vacated today by Richard “Dick” Donegan. Last month, Donegan announced plans to step down after serving the past six years on the Hospital Board and previous nine years on Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

Hudson, 62, is a retired Sarasota banker, U.S. Army officer and well known community leader who has spent almost 30 years sharing his executive expertise in finance, economic development and strategic planning with a number of organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee region.  He currently serves on the Hospital Board's Investment Committee, and was one of several applicants for the Board seat after a notice of the impending vacancy was advertised last month. 

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Hospital Board,” Hudson said. “The hospital plays a vital role in our community and our lives. I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years and have a deep personal connection to the hospital … my son was born here, my friends and family members have been cared for here. It is one of the reasons Sarasota is a such a great place to live and work. I look forward to adding my experience and perspective to assist this accomplished leadership group in navigating the challenges ahead for our hospital.”

A resident of Sarasota since 1986, Hudson has held a number of diverse leadership and advisory positions, including Chairman of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Trustee of Manatee Community College, Chairman of the Out-of-Door Academy, Chairman of the Committee of 100, Chairman of the Glenridge at Palmer Ranch retirement community, and board member for the United Way and Sarasota Family YMCA, among others. 

He also has been influential in the political arena, serving three terms as chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County and as a delegate to the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. In 2005, he served as chairman of Workforce Florida, the governor-appointed board that oversees labor and job training programs statewide, and in 2006, was a Republican candidate for Congress in Florida's District 13. 

A native of Montgomery, Ala., Hudson graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1975 as a distinguished military graduate. He served as a Cavalry officer in Germany for three years and continued in the Army Reserves after his active duty. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in 1996.  He earned an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. He and his wife of 30 years, Sarah Thompson Hudson, have three grown children.

Monday’s board meeting was bittersweet, said Board Chairwoman Marguerite Malone, EdD, as the board recognized Donegan’s accomplishments and bade him farewell before approving Hudson’s appointment and inviting him to join the board at the dais. 

During his tenure with the Hospital Board, Donegan served as chairman of the Human Resources Committee and was instrumental in improving the leadership evaluation process. He also was a staunch advocate for advanced technology and the driving force behind the hospital’s Innovation Committee, which has implemented successful programs to enhance efficiency and safety.

Donegan said he plans to stay in Sarasota, where he can spend more time with family, write short stories and pursue other personal interests. 

“I’m going to be 89 soon and I figure after 15 years, I’m finally ready to slow down and enjoy a more leisurely retirement,” Donegan said. “It’s been been a great run for me. The board, the physicians and the hospital staff are all first class … it’s been a very satisfying experience.”

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System: Founded in 1925, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is governed by the unpaid, nine-member Sarasota County Public Hospital Board. It is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800 physicians, 4,000 employees and 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 819-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care centers and physician groups, to laboratory and imaging centers, home health, rehabilitation and long-term care.

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