Feb 182013


By Ginger Livingston

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Greenville’s finance director and a former mayor, a former state legislator and a member of the UNC Board of Governors have applied for a seat on Vidant Medical Center board of directors.

They are among the 22 applications the Pitt County Board of Commissioners have received from people interested on serving on the medical center board.

The county commissioners appoint 11 of the 20 people who serve on the board under the 1998 agreement that established the former Pitt County Memorial Hospital as a private nonprofit.

Former Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn, former state legislator Marian McLawhorn and Greenville lawyer and UNC board member Phillip Dixon Sr. all submitted applications within five days of each other, according to county records. Bernita Demery, Greenville financial services director, applied in December.

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners on Monday will appoint one new member and consider reappointing two current members to the medical organization’s board.

These are the only appointments the commissioners will make to this board this year.

Vidant members can serve two, five-year terms.

Typically, Pitt County commissioners appoint an individual who has been recommended by the board they want to join, although not all boards make recommendations, Kimberly Hines, clerk to the Board of Commissioners, said. Vidant’s board does make recommendations.

However, the commissioners always receive a list of applicants for the position and have the option of selecting another person, she said.

The Vidant board chairman recommends reappointments based on service and attendance, Janet Mullaney, Vidant’s chief administrative officer, said.

The chairman also may review a pool of applicants and suggest one or more for consideration by the county commissioners.

Dixon will complete his second term on the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors in June.

He is qualified to serve a third term but does not know if he will be reappointed.

“I would like to have some input in addressing the serious health needs in North Carolina,” he said.

Dixon served as the UNC board’s liaison to East Carolina University and the hospital.

The growth of the university’s medical school and the hospital have dovetailed over the years, Dixon said, and he wants to see that mutual growth continue.

Dixon also expressed interest in serving on the airport advisory board, the development commission and Pitt Community College Board of Trustees.

Dunn, who served 10 years on the Greenville City Council, left office in late 2011 after losing re-election.

She applied for the Vidant seat along with the county health board, PCC Board of Trustees and ABC Board.

“I’ve always been interested in community service,” Dunn said.

“My background is in health education and health so I have a lot of interest in Vidant Health Center,” she said.

“I want Vidant Medical Center to be a top-notch medical center that services patients and community like it has in the past,” Dunn said.

McLawhorn ended a 12-year career as a state legislator after losing her re-election bid in November. Prior to joining the General Assembly she served on Grifton’s Board of Commissioners and the PCC Foundation Board and ECU Alumni Board.

The Vidant board is the only one she applied for.

“I think heath care is an extremely important issue we are all dealing with and are continuing to deal with,” McLawhorn said.

“I think service on boards and commissions are important,” she said.

Other individuals who have applied for service on the Vidant board of directors include John Chaffee, former Pitt County Development Commission director and current president and CEO of North Carolina’s Eastern Region; Edward Bright, former mayor of Grifton; John Minges III, former Pitt County commissioner, and Jeff Savage, former Pitt County commissioner.

via The Daily Reflector.


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