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Hospital Board Elects 2015-2016 Slate of Officers

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Gregory CaretrSARASOTA, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2015) – Today, the Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, elected its new officers for 2015-2016. 

Made up of nine citizens elected by Sarasota County voters to four-year terms, the hospital board meets monthly to oversee the hospital’s finances and quality improvement efforts and to set the strategic direction for the system. Each November, the board appoints a new slate of officers from its elected members.

Gregory Carter, who represents the southern district, was chosen as chairman of the Board, succeeding Marguerite Malone, Ed.D, who served the previous two years as chair. First elected to the Hospital Board in 2002, Carter also served as chair in 2009-2010. An employee of AT&T's Engineering Department for 31 years, Greg served as project manager, coordinating all aspects of construction for the corporation's network facilities for the state of Virginia and working as a liaison between the company and vendors, consultants and project personnel. Currently the owner/operator of a general home repair business, he also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Other board members elected to office for 2015-2016 include:
• Alex Miller – First Vice Chair
• Marguerite G. Malone, EdD – Second Vice Chair
• Joseph DeVirgilio, Jr. – Treasurer
• Robert Strasser – Secretary
• James Meister – Assistant Secretary
• Darryl Henry – Assistant Treasurer

The Board recognized Dr. Malone for her outstanding leadership and guidance during the past two years. As board chair, she successfully oversaw a period of many accomplishments and challenges, including leadership transitions, trauma designation, national accreditations, the launch of the hospital’s Medical Residency Program with Florida State University and the opening of our Bee Ridge Urgent Care Center.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System: An 819-bed regional medical center, Sarasota Memorial is among the largest public health systems in Florida. With about 4,000 staff, over 800 physicians and 1,000 volunteers, it also is one of Sarasota County's largest employers. The only public health system in the region, the not-for-profit community hospital was founded in 1925 and is governed by the 9-member publicly elected Sarasota County Public Hospital Board. It serves as a referral center for specialized heart, vascular, cancer, and neuroscience care, as well as one of Florida’s safety net hospitals. Along with its flagship acute care hospital, Sarasota Memorial’s network of outpatient centers offers a full continuum of services – from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation.

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