New Members Join Memorial's Board of Directors

(March 7, 2008) – The Memorial Health Board of Directors has confirmed Kay A. Ford and Brian R. Foster as new board members.

Kay A. Ford is the president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Savannah. She most recently served as senior vice president and wealth services manager for SunTrust Bank, Georgia. She currently serves on the board of directors of the United Way, the Memorial Health Foundation, the Savannah Fund for Excellence in Education, and St. Mary’s Home, in which she is also the finance chairperson. Ford is a graduate of the 1990 class of Leadership Savannah and the 1997 class of Leadership Georgia.

Brian R. Foster is the chairman and president and CEO of First Chatham Bank and CEO of FCB Financial Corporation and chairman of the Quadrant Financial Corporation. He is active in numerous community organizations, including the Savannah Economic Development Authority, Savannah /Technical College Foundation, Union Mission, Mayor’s Public Safety Task Force, and the Georgia Economic Development Department. He has served with the Savannah Development & Renewal Authority, Community Housing Service Agency, and United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and the Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation.

The 14-member Memorial Health 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 the organization. In addition to the incoming members, the Board includes Karen Pannell, William “Bill” Daniel, Helen Downing, J. Curtis Lewis, III, Curtis G. Anderson, Gus H. Bell, Robert A. Colvin, William J. Degenhart, M.D., Harold P. DuCloux, M.D., William L.D. Lyght, Charles F. McMillan, and Mark E. Murphy, M.D.

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.