DeTar Board appoints to new members
Feb. 14, 2017 at 10:51 p.m.
Two community members have been appointed to serve on DeTar's Board of Trustees.
Teresa Keating, site operations director at Dow in Seadrift, and David Hinds, president of Victoria College, were approached by CEO Bill Blanchard to fill vacancies.
Trustees meet monthly and serve as an advisory board to the hospital administration.
Each member serves up to two three-year terms.
DeTar Healthcare System includes two hospitals and several clinics in Victoria.
Keating said she hopes to learn more about health care while serving on the board, especially with an impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
"A lot of our people live in Victoria," she said. "I see me helping DeTar as helping our people on our site. And if I can improve health care for them, that's one of the drivers for me."
She manages a site of about 1,200 employees half of whom are contractors.
"I hear complaints all the time," she said. "I want to be able to help that."
She started at Dow Chemical Company as a young production engineer in 1997 and took on the leadership role about 18 months ago.
Keating said at Dow, safety and reliability are priorities and she has worked for years to help solve problems for the plant.
Hinds, who was hired to lead the community college in 2015, said he is thrilled to serve on the board.
"It's a good opportunity for me," he said. "It's part of my job to be connected to the community."
Hinds said he hopes to bring an outside perspective to the board. Not being an expert in health care would work to that advantage.
"My job is to help the hospital understand the point of view of the college," he said.
Victoria College students come from all kinds of backgrounds, and the college is also a large employer in the area.
Hinds said he's looking forward to working with Blanchard and serving as a sounding board for the administration.
"When I came here I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of health care in the community," he said.