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Videos of the monthly Sarasota County Public Hospital Board meetings are posted on our YouTube channel. The board meetings also are aired on a space-available basis on the local Access TV Station. Check the Access Sarasota Television Schedule for air times.

Contact
Donna Desisto, Board Secretary
(941) 917-1711
Donna-Desisto@smh.com
with any questions.

 

Effective November 18, 2013

Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., Chair
Marguerite G. Malone, Ed.D., - SMH Board MemberDr. Malone received a Bachelor’s degree from William and Mary College and Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Memphis. Her academic background includes the economics and educational fields. An assistant professor of education, Dr. Malone also was an administrator at the University of Memphis. In addition, she served as a training and development manager with Federal Express. As president of MGM Consulting Co., Dr. Malone has provided consulting services to many different types of organizations including health care, on a broad range of issues such as quality improvement, leadership/management, human resources, productivity improvement, communication, and instituting change. She also has served on numerous boards of directors in leadership roles.

Region: At Large
Term Ends: 2016

 

 

Gregory Carter, First Vice Chair
Gregory Carter - SMH Board MemberAn employee of AT&T's Engineering Department for 31 years, Mr. Carter served as project manager, coordinating all aspects of construction for the corporation's network facilities for the state of Virginia and working as a liaison between the company and vendors, consultants and project personnel. Currently the owner/operator of a general home repair business, Mr. Carter also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Region: Southern District
Term Ends: 2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
Alex Miller, Second Vice Chair
Alex Miller
Alex Miller is CEO of Mercedes Medical, a national, family owned medical distribution company. With more than 18 years' experience in the health care industry, Ms. Miller has been with Mercedes almost since its inception, serving in many capacities. She received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rhode Island and an MBA from The Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University. A mother of two children who both were born at Sarasota Memorial, Ms. Miller has been very active in the community, serving on various nonprofit boards including the Humane Society of Sarasota, Forty Carrots and the Red Cross. She also has won several local and statewide awards including being recognized as one of SW Florida's "Best Bosses" and named one of the top 20 women-led businesses in Florida.
 
Region: Central District
Term Ends: 2016
 
 
 

Joseph J. DeVirgilio, Jr., Treasurer
Alex MillerThe Sarasota County Public Hospital Board recently appointed Mr. DeVirgilio to the board's Central District Seat.

Currently president of Suncoast Management Consultants and a senior consultant with River Consulting Group, Mr. DeVirgilio relocated to North Venice, FL, from Poughkeepsie, NY, where for three decades he served in a series of executive positions for the CH Energy Group, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation and Central Hudson Enterprises, most recently as executive vice president. 

Mr. DeVirgilio's extensive board experience includes 12 years on the Board of Trustees of St. Francis Hospital, where he served as chair of the board's Quality Council and Capital Campaign. He also served on the board of the St. Francis Healthcare Foundation. In addition, he has been a member and leader on numerous boards of community and business organizations.

Mr. DeVirgilio has received several honors for his service, including the Healthcare Trustees of New York State Award, the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award and the Hospice Community Service Award.  

He received his bachelor's of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Master's in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Region: Central District
Term Ends: 2014

 
 

Richard O. Donegan, Assistant Treasurer
Richard O. Donegan - SMH Board HomeA retired executive of the General Electric Co., Richard O. Donegan's 33-year career with company culminated in his role as senior vice president of the Major Appliance Group, overseeing design, manufacturing, finance, marketing, sales and service for the multibillion dollar international division. A resident of Sarasota since 1984, Mr. Donegan has served for nine years on the Board of Trustees of the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc., most recently as secretary for the organization. Mr. Donegan also has served on the boards of the New College Foundation, Mote Marine and Spanish Point, as well as the Canadian GE Appliance Co., Vendo Co., Upright Co., United Way, Bellarmine College, Federal Reserve - Louisville Branch and the Fresno State University Advisory Board. A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, Mr. Donegan received a bachelor's degree from Tufts University. 

Region: At Large
Term Ends: 2016

 
 
Thomas H. Towler, Secretary
Thomas H. Towler - SMH Board Member
Thomas Towler retired to Sarasota in 1984 after serving for seven years as CEO for Top Value Enterprises, Inc, a trading stamp, incentive, general merchandise and travel company in Dayton, Ohio. Concurrently he was an officer of the Baldwin United Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, he served eight years as chief executive for Peyton's, Inc. a general merchandise/health and beauty aids distributor to the Kroger company and other food and drug store retailers located in Louisville, Ky. Earlier in his career, he worked for Standard Oil Co, New Jersey (Esso) and then with Mobil Oil Co. in marketing. In Sarasota, he became a commercial appraiser with Goodnow Associates, retiring in 1997. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College and served on active duty for three years as Ist Lt. in the U.S. Army Infantry as a Rifle Company Commander. He has been a trustee of the New College Foundation, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Siesta Key Utility Authority, The Field Club and other for-profit and nonprofit boards around the United States. Mr. Towler also has served as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
 
Region: At Large
Term Ends: 2016
 
 

Darryl W. Henry, Assistant Secretary
Darryl W. Henry, MemberDarryl Henry served as CEO for International Interoperability Initiatives, Inc. before retiring in 2006. From 1979 to 2002, he was a program director at the U.S. Department of Defense, serving as Director of the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Program, Director of the Joint Warrior Interoperability Program and Chief Hardware Engineer of Milnet (forerunner of Internet). Mr. Henry received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Executive Board and Bylaws Committee of the Republican Club of South Sarasota County and participates in the Keep Sarasota Beautiful road cleanup crew. Mr. Henry also serves as a greeter and nursery attendant for the Living Waters Lutheran Church. 

Region: Southern District
Term Ends: 2014

 
 
 
Robert K. Strasser, Member
Robert K. Strasser - SMH Board Member
Mr. Strasser graduated from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He later received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was treasurer of Household International, a multi-national finance and banking company. Mr. Strasser served for ten years on the parent board of Lutheran General Health System which later merged with the Evangelical Health Care System to form the Advocate Health Care System, one of the premier systems in the nation. Mr. Strasser also served as Chairman of Parkside Medical Services in Chicago. Parkside was primarily involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation and was one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation. In Chicago, he also served on the board of the Mile Square Health Plan of Illinois. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Community AIDS Network and President of the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation. 
 
Region: Northern District
Term Ends: 2014
 
 

Richard C. Merritt, Member
Richard C. Merritt - SMH Board MemberOriginally from Sterling, Illinois, Richard “Dick” Merritt was a member of the Board of CGH Medical Center in Sterling for 24 years, serving as chairman for two terms and chair of the Finance Committee for three terms. He was owner and president of Sterling Ford Lincoln Mercury. Mr. Merritt received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He was recruited from his MBA program by Ford Motor Company and held a number of sales positions before becoming owner of the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership. Mr. Merritt was a member of the Sterling Noon Rotary Club and the Boards of the Illinois Auto Dealers Association and Midwest Ford Dealer Advertising Association. He also was president of the Notre Dame Club of Rock River Valley for many years. .

Region: Northern District
Term Ends: 2014

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