Memorial Health Board Appoints Two New Members

(August 25, 2008) - Michael A. Kaigler and Christopher L. Wixon, M.D., have joined the Memorial Health Board of Directors.

Kaigler is director of human resources and services for Chatham County. He has worked for the Chatham County government since 1990, serving as employee relations manager and director of public works before moving into his current role. Kaigler recently completed a seven-year term on the State Health Planning Review Board. He has served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Savannah Business Group and is past chapter president of 100 Black Men of Savannah Inc. Kaigler has also been involved with United Way of Savannah, Senior Citizens, Inc., and Leadership Savannah. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Savannah State College.

Wixon is a vascular surgeon at Memorial Health University Physicians – Savannah Vascular Surgery. He is also assistant professor of surgery and radiology for the Mercer University School of Medicine – Savannah Campus. In addition, Wixon serves as a clinical instructor for the physician assistant program at South University. He is an associate fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the International Society of Endovascular Surgery. Wixon attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University Hospital. He completed his surgical residency at the University Health Systems of Eastern North Carolina and his vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Arizona medical Center.

The 14-member Memorial Health Board of Directors establishes operational policies for the Memorial Health system. It also ensures that long-range strategic planning, budget, resource allocation, and policies are consistent with the mission of the organization. In addition to the incoming members, the Board includes Karen Pannell (chairwoman), William “Bill” Daniel (vice chair), Helen Downing (secretary), J. Curtis Lewis, III (treasurer), Curtis G. Anderson, Gus H. Bell, William J. Degenhart, M.D., William L.D. Lyght, Charles F. McMillan, Mark E. Murphy, M.D., Kay A. Ford, and Brian Foster.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates four years in a row for providing an outstanding patient experience. To learn more about careers at Memorial, visit