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Health Care District's Board Chair Nationally Recognized as a Modern Healthcare 'Trustee of the Year'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Care District of Palm Beach County today announced that Dr. Stanley Pierce, the Chair of the District's Board of Commissioners, has been named a "Trustee of the Year 2008" by Modern Healthcare, the national publication which sponsors the annual recognition program. Dr. Pierce received the award for the very competitive category of "Large Healthcare Organizations" -- those with more than $75 million in annual revenue or more than 250 beds. The February 11th issue of Modern Healthcare, released today, features a profile of Dr. Pierce.

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In learning about his award Dr. Pierce commented, "I'm deeply touched and honored to receive this recognition. I hope that this can be used to help the community learn about the programs and services the Health Care District provides and perhaps expand our outreach to those who are eligible to receive assistance and may not know it's available and accessible."

Board Vice-Chair Jonathan Satter and the Health Care District's Chief Executive Officer Dwight D. Chenette nominated Dr. Pierce for the prestigious award. The nomination letter details Dr. Pierce's many contributions to the Health Care District and the more than 300,000 Palm Beach County residents that the District's programs serve: "For the last decade, Dr. Pierce has played an exemplary leadership role on our governing Board and several advisory committees. Appointed to the Board in 2000, and reappointed in 2004, Dr. Pierce will complete his eighth and final year on the Board before being term limited in September 2008. By all measures, Dr. Pierce exemplifies an outstanding trustee and demands high standards in governance for the public good."

In the magazine's profile of Dr. Pierce, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County is noted for owning the 73-bed Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade and the 198-bed Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The article describes the District's operation of Level II trauma centers at Delray Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center as well as its healthcare programs for the uninsured.

In the letter notifying the Health Care District of the award, David May, the assistant managing editor/features for Modern Healthcare, writes: "Nearly 70 trustees were nominated for this year's awards from healthcare organizations across the country. The level of competition was high, with so many dedicated trustees who have given of their time and talent and have much to show for their efforts. It was extremely difficult to choose among so many who have worked tirelessly to improve healthcare in their communities."

The Modern Healthcare Trustee of the Year award was established to honor exemplary leaders in healthcare who work to ensure that "our hospitals and health systems provide the finest care possible, keep patients safe and treat the poor and disenfranchised." The judging criteria include consideration of accountability and leadership in community relations, ethics, strategy, and finance.

"For those of us who have worked with Dr. Pierce, his commitment to the health and welfare of this community is obvious and threads through every decision or project that the Health Care District undertakes," said Dwight D. Chenette, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care District.

Added Jonathan Satter, Health Care District Board Vice-Chair, "Dr. Pierce's financial stewardship, skillful strategic planning and advocacy of community outreach to the region's uninsured residents are reflected in the District's accomplishments and growth. He is a model of the dedicated Board member and we are delighted that he has been recognized as such and so honored for his many contributions."

About the Health Care District:

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County provides health coverage for low-income residents, lifesaving care and rehabilitation for trauma patients, a nurse in every public school, behavioral health professionals in 46 public elementary schools, long-term skilled nursing care, and acute care hospital services at Glades General Hospital, the county's only public hospital. The Health Care District is in the process of constructing a new, technologically-advanced regional hospital to serve the Lake Okeechobee region.

SOURCE Health Care District of Palm Beach County
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