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Showalter to head hospital board (January 14, 2010)

Krug, Cornellier tapped as members

Local Realtor Sally Showalter, a registered nurse for 28 years, has been named chairman of Calvert Memorial Hospital's board of directors. She follows in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, who both served on the hospital board. The other officers for the coming year are Laurie A. Uherek, vice chairman; Gail Gibson secretary and Kevin J. Nietmann as treasurer.

"Sally is well qualified to assume the role of board chair," said CMH President & CEO Jim Xinis. "She's served on the board for seven years and has done an outstanding job leading our board committees on performance improvement and quality. She has the respect and admiration of her colleagues on the board."

Showalter earned her nursing degree from the Henry Ford School of Nursing in Detroit. In 1974, she joined the staff at CMH where she was a nursing supervisor. Her nursing career also included positions at Greater Southeast Hospital from 1985-1993 and Prince George's Hospital Center from 1989-2000.

She has also been actively involved in the community, serving on the Maryland State Emergency Medical Services Board, the Calvert County Emergency Services Advisory Council and the Calvert County Board of Education Citizen Advisory Council.

Additionally, the board voted to extend veteran board member Mary Krug's term for an additional year and approved Vic Cornellier to return to the board in February. A former county commissioner, Krug served on the board from 1985-1996 and from 2000-2009. Cornellier, CEO of TSI/Exterior Wall Systems, was a member from 1991-2001.

"Having Mary serve an extended period is a big plus for the hospital and the community," said Xinis. "She possesses a depth of knowledge in so many areas the hospital has to navigate that will enable CMH to continue to make right decisions especially in matters of strategic planning and growth opportunities."

"We're extremely happy to know that Vic will return to our board," added Xinis. "He served nine years on our board and the last three years as board chair. The leadership he provided was exemplary and we're looking forward to his contributions going forward. He is a big picture strategic thinker that our current board will enjoy working with."

Uherek, owner of Educate and Celebrate, has a background in computer science. Gilson, owner of Garner and Duff Flower Shop, has been very involved in community organizations including Calvert Hospice, Annmarie Garden and the Calvert Marine Museum. Nietmann, a technical advisor to a federal government agency, has been very active with the local United Way organization.

CMH Board Officers
Pictured (l-r) are Calvert Memorial Hospital board officers Kevin J. Nietmann, treasurer; Laurie A. Uherek, vice chairman; Gail Gibson, secretary and Sally Showalter, chairman with CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis in the lobby of the new Calvert Medical Arts Center.

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