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Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Announces Changes in Board of Directors

August 07, 2017
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital Announces Changes in Board of Directors


Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital (RSMH) announced changes in the local leadership of its Board of Directors.  Incoming Board Chairman Peter Lalor and Vice Chairman Robert Crockett have assumed the leadership of the local hospital from Immediate Past Chairman C. Lee Davis.  Both Lalor and Crockett have long been dynamic Board members who, with Davis, helped lead the organization through its transition to the new campus in Onley.


“Our Board of Directors plays a key role maintaining open lines of communication with the community and guiding the future direction of health care in our region,” said John Peterman, Administrator and Vice President at Riverside Shore Memorial.  “C. Lee’s leadership during the construction of our new campus was instrumental to our success, and we are now looking forward to the expertise and insight that Pete and Robert bring to the table.”


In addition, Ann Beamer Williams and John “Scott” Webb were appointed to the hospital’s Board of Directors. With strong local roots and a heart-felt commitment to the community, Williams and Webb will look to help the award-winning rural hospital deliver on its mission of providing high-quality health care locally.


“Ann and Scott are experienced local leaders with strong family values, and they are tremendous additions to the board – good people who understand what the Riverside Care Difference is all about,” said Peterman.


Williams is closely connected to RSMH, working with the hospital’s marketing team and serving as President of the RSMH Auxiliary – an organization that has been providing fundraising assistance since 1920. The Northern Virginia native with a master’s degree in education has lived for nearly two decades on the Eastern Shore, raising three daughters and enjoying life away from the big-city hustle and bustle.


In addition to her RSMH affiliations and selling real estate part time, Williams also serves on the board of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Among other duties in her new role, she looks forward to keeping the RSMH board apprised of Auxiliary activities, implementing recruitment efforts to attract new doctors and specialists to the area, and building an even tighter bond with the community.


“The sense of community, family and accountability here at RSMH is truly exceptional,” said Williams. “I enjoy working with our local residents, helping them learn about and leverage the scope of the world-class care that Riverside has invested in right here on the Eastern Shore.”


Webb’s Eastern Shore roots are deep. The lifelong Northampton County resident and father of two sons also sits on the board of Franktown United Methodist Church and is President of the Randy Custis Memorial Fund, a non-profit that runs a 31-acre park hosting youth sports and community activities.


Webb serves as co-head of NASA’s Information Technology and Communications Division remote facility at Wallops Island, and on the weekends he also operates an aquafarming family seafood business with his brother and father. He looks forward to applying community-minded leadership skills and a common-sense approach to his duties on the RSMH board.


“The facilities Riverside has built here on the Eastern Shore are truly first class, rivaling those in the largest metropolitan areas,” said Webb. “I’m eager to get to work with my fellow board members to further strengthen the partnership between RSMH and the community, driving successful outcomes for both parties.”


Williams and Webb will step into the vacancies left by outgoing board members Jane Bulette and Caramine Kellam.


“Riverside sincerely thanks Jane and Caramine for their years of service, especially during a period of growth, expansion and recognition. They both stepped up to make smart, and sometimes hard, decisions and never lost sight of doing what was best for the entire Shore community,” said Peterman. “Jane extended her presidency of the Auxiliary so that the group would have continuity of leadership during the transition from Nassawadox to Onley.  She led the Auxiliary while they raised a significant donation for the Kellam Heart Center.  Caramine served twice as chairman of the Board of Directors.  Her leadership was instrumental in our affiliation with Riverside, and she has represented the Shore on the Riverside Health System Board as well as the Riverside Foundation Board. Jane’s and Caramine’s many contributions have served the community well, and we wish them the very best.”


Completed in February 2017, a new $85 million Riverside Shore Health Services campus includes RSMH, Riverside Shore Cancer Center and the offices for the specialty providers of Riverside Medical Group as well as outpatient physical therapy.


RSMH was recently recognized among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States, one of only two Virginia hospitals named to the list for 2017.Riverside Shore Cancer Center also recently earned the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In addition, RSMH was recognized with the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award by nationally-renowned Healthgrades.