A new slate of officers was elected to serve a 1-year term during the Pender Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 21, 2008. The new officers are as follows:
* Al Owens, of Watha, chair
* Ken Johnson, of Hampstead, vice chair
* Phyllis Lanier, of Maple Hill, secretary/treasurer
* Elizabeth Meadows, of Rocky Point, assistant secretary/treasurer
Al Owens was born in northern Pender County and graduated from Penderlea High School. After an illustrious career in shipbuilding and nuclear submarine construction that led him all over the world, Mr. Owens returned to Pender County in 2001. He was appointed to the PMH Board in 2004, and he also serves as the president of the Penderlea Homestead Museum, Inc.
“I am delighted to have Al Owens serving as the PMH Board Chair,” said David Long, Pender Memorial Hospital administrator. “He brings a wealth of understanding about business as well as a deep appreciation and love for the people of Pender County.”
Pender Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) health care organization owned by the citizens of Pender County. New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides management services for the hospital through two onsite administrators. A nine-member volunteer board of trustees made up of Pender County and New Hanover County citizens governs Pender Memorial. The Pender County Board of Commissioners appoints five members of the board and the NHRMC Board of Trustees appoints three members. The PMH Chief of Staff is a member of both the PMH Board of Trustees and the NHRMC Board of Trustees. One additional member of the PMH Board of Trustees sits on the NHRMC Board of Trustees.
The Pender Memorial Hospital Board Members are:
* Dr. Larry Dashow, of Burgaw, Chief of PMH Medical Staff
* Bill Mathis, of Wilmington, chosen by New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees
* F.D. Rivenbark, of Burgaw, chosen by the Pender County Board of Commissioners
* Sylvia Rountree, of Wilmington, chosen by New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees
* Dr. Murray Seidel, of Wilmington, appointed by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees