(March 6, 2007) - The Memorial Health Board of Directors has
confirmed a new slate of officers for 2007. Their one-year terms
began March 1. Karen Pannell is the new chairwoman of the Board.
She is active in numerous community organizations, including the
Second Harvest Food Bank, the Espy House Committee of Wesley
Monumental United Methodist Church, and the Telfair Museum of Art.
Pannell is the past president of Savannah Heritage, Inc. She has
worked as a tour guide for the Historic Savannah Foundation and was
executive director of the Chatham-Savannah Voluntary Action Center.
She also served as a legislative assistant for Georgia Electric
Membership Corporation in Atlanta. Pannell has been on the Memorial
Health Board of Directors since 2001 and previously served as
treasurer. She replaces outgoing chairman, Curtis Anderson. William
"Bill" Daniel is the new vice chairman. Daniel is vice president
and general counsel of Vaden Automotive Group. He also serves on
the board of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association and the
Savannah advisory board of Wachovia Bank. In addition, Daniel is
chairman of the Chatham County Recreation Authority. Helen Downing
is secretary of the Memorial Health Board of Directors. She has
served as chairwoman of the board for SunTrust Savannah and United
Way of the Coastal Empire. She is a member of the board at the
Ronald McDonald House, MedBank, and Hospice Savannah, among others.
Downing is past president of Parent and Child Development Services,
and past president of the Historic Savannah Foundation. J. Curtis
Lewis, III, will serve as treasurer of the Board. Lewis is an
attorney with the firm Hunter & Lewis, LLP, and a managing
member of Lewis Commercial Properties, LLC. He serves on the board
of directors for several local corporate and nonprofit entities,
including Savannah Health Mission, Union Mission, Inc., and The
Savannah Bank. The 15-member Board of Directors establishes
operational policies for the Memorial Health system. It also
ensures that the long-range strategic planning, budget, resource
allocation, and policies are consistent with the mission of
Memorial Health. In addition to the incoming officers, the Board
includes outgoing two-term board chairman Curtis G. Anderson, Gus
H. Bell, Robert A. Colvin, William J. Degenhart, M.D., Harold P.
DuCloux, M.D., John R. Duttenhaver, M.D., Jack M. Jones, William
L.D. Lyght, Charles F. McMillan, Southwood J. Morcott, and Mark E.
Murphy, M.D. Memorial Health is a two-state healthcare organization
serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South
Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health
University Medical Center, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne
, its two-state home care
division; Memorial Health primary
and specialty care
networks; a major medical
program; business and
; and NurseOne
, a 24-hour call
center. Memorial Health has been named a Distinguished Hospital by
J.D. Power and Associates three years in a row. We are also one of
magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.