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Hall retires from hospital board

Former Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) board member and chair Dave Hall ended his nine years on the board in December and said he feels really good about what was accomplished during his tenure.

 “It was absolutely wonderful to be a part of the organization and a real learning experience,” he said.

He described the role of the hospital board as making decisions that ensure the hospital is viable and that heath care remains in the community. He is proud of the fact that CMH has been able to grow and has not been forced to merge with larger health care organizations located in distant communities.

When he started on the board, Hall had several goals in mind and all but one were realized. They include: 1) CMH would remain independent; 2) Initiate and complete phase II of construction that included private, modern patient rooms; 3) Implement in-house MRI, as well as update the Nutrition Services Department; 4) Collaborate with the Fond du Lac Reservation on projects — not only is there a board member from Fond du Lac, but plans are well underway to establish a dialysis unit at CMH thanks to a $200,000 donation from the reservation.

The one disappointment for him was that Sunnyside Health Care Center did not grow as he had hoped. In fact, the current climate for long-term care has forced a scaling back of beds at SHCC, similar to what has occurred at other facilities throughout the state.

Hall has not only had first-hand experience as a board member to see how CMH operates, but also as a patient. He is eternally grateful that when he had a heart attack several years ago, there was a local hospital available and he said CMH saved his life.

As a social worker, hospital board member and private citizen, he now has a well-rounded perspective on what he describes as “seeing the critical importance of a local hospital.”