Tappahannock, Va. - Riverside Tappahannock Hospital leadership is pleased to welcome Richard A. Farmar, III, as its newly appointed Board Chair. Mr. Farmar has served in several leadership roles in the community. Farmar is happy to lead the hospital Board as it gets ready to implement health care strategies for the future, which follows a year-long strategic planning process for the hospital.Richard Farmar III, Board Chair, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital

“We appreciate the long history that Rick Farmar has serving the community and we value his insights as we shape the future of health care services for the community,” says Liz Martin, vice president and administrator of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital. “We are blessed with so many volunteers on our Board who help us carry out our mission for the community and this is definitely an exciting time for us.”

Farmar grew up locally, graduating from Rappahannock High School and attending college at Hampton Sydney. His professional career has been spent in the insurance industry, most recently as the President of B.H. Baird Insurance Agency. He has been a dedicated and active community member throughout his career. His volunteer work includes leadership roles with the Tidewater Foundation, Warsaw Rotary Club and Warsaw Jaycees, as well as with many local banks. Farmar has also devoted time as a volunteer little league softball and youth soccer coach.

“As Chair, I hope to continue educating the community about the level of quality and service that our hospital provides,” says Farmar. “Our residents need to realize the gem they have in their backyard.”

Farmar is also excited about the future of Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

“As we move forward, we are working on plans and partnerships to preserve and grow health care services,” adds Farmar. “I think it will be a big win for our community.”

Farmar is taking the reins from Frances H. Ellis, who most recently served as the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital Board Chair. Ellis will remain on the Board to serve as an at-large member. She is also a lifelong resident of the area, graduating from Tappahannock High School, Lynchburg College and Virginia Commonwealth University. She retired as the Essex County Treasurer in 1999, but has remained an active volunteer, serving as a member of the Essex Junior Woman’s Club and Essex Senior Woman’s Club; as well as service on the Boards of the Middle Peninsula Planning Commission, Essex Bank, Tappahannock Art Gallery, and Aylett Country Day School. In addition to her service on the Riverside Tappahannock Board, Ellis also serves on the Riverside Foundation Board.Frances Ellis, At-Large Board Member, Riverside Tappahannock Hospital

“We are so grateful to the leadership that Frances Ellis has provided to the Riverside Tappahannock Board and we are pleased that she will continue to serve us, as we value her perspectives and intellect,” added Martin.

Ellis has served as the Board Chair for five years. Under her leadership, the hospital successfully raised funds and renovated patient rooms at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital – converting all the medical and surgical patient rooms to private rooms that are designed for comfort, privacy and the very best medical care. She also oversaw the expansion of imaging services at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and the addition of new technology through telemedicine services.

“Everyone at the hospital, including the staff, doctors, nurses, administrative team, dietary, and everyone you encounter takes pride in our hospital and it shows,” says Ellis. “Our hospital saves lives. And we are an active part of the community. That is what makes me most proud to be part of the team.”

Published: April 18, 2019