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Dr. Weed leav ing hospital board

Physician guided district through hospital merger earlier this decade

Weed Weed Dr. John M. Weed III, who last month stepped down as president of the Rockdale Hospital District Board of Directors, resigned from the board last Wednesday. He will continue his medical practice.

Dr. Weed’s resignation was accepted “with

egrets” by board president C a rl Hud s on , who replaced Dr. Weed last month.

“We owe John a huge debt of gratitude,” Hudson said.

He has worked for this hospit

al (Richards Memorial) and the Rockdale health care community tirelessly.”

The resignation is an outgrowth of Blackhawk Healthcare’s ongoing purchase of the hospital.

“We, as a board are in negotiations with Blackhawk,” Hudson said. “Blackhawk already operates the hospital and the way things are structured they pay a part of the physicians’s salaries.

“So we were advised it would just be best if Dr. Weed stepped down totally, not just as president,” Hudson said.

Board member, CEO

Now the district is not only looking for a new board member but also for a new hospital chief executive officers (CEO).

Tess Saucier has moved into the CEO’s position from Blackhawk’ Austin corporate office, replacing former CEO Jeremy Riney.

“The board will be involved with that decision,” Hudson said.

Hospital district board members have another vacancy to fill, replacing the unexpired portion of Dr. Weed’s term.

“He was serving at-large so the person who fills that vacancy can reside any place within the Rockdale Hospital District (1994 Rockdale city limits),” Hudson said.

“We are asking directors to come up with names of persons willing to serve on the board and we will discuss them at the Aug. 30 meeting,” Hudson said.

Crucial periods

Before there was a Rockdale Hospital District, Dr. Weed served on the old Rockdale Hospital Authority board.

The hospital district was created by a 1994 vote and Dr. Weed became a member less than a year later.

He was a board member when the hospital almost closed its doors for good in 2000 but was rescued when Rockdale residents voted to impose a property tax which initially was 48 cents per $100 valuation.

Richards Memorial went through a bankruptcy and reorganization and had begun to recover when board president Bill Eckert died suddenly in December, 2005.

Dr. Weed was appointed board president and led the hospital through the crucial period which saw Blackhawk assume control of its operations and expand health care dramatically in Rockdale and Milam County.

Resource

“He may not be on the board any more but the hospital district is not through with him by a long shot,” Hudson said.

“Dr. Weed will continue to be one of the most valuable resources we’ve got,” he said.


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