The local hospital's endowment association has eliminated its board of governors.
The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. has effectively merged its board of governors and board of directors to improve communication, officials say.
"After 20 some years, they did some evaluation this past year and realized that it was kind of like a two-tiered system," said Janice Early-Weas, LMH director of community relations.
The LMHEA eliminated its board of governors, which met quarterly, and increased membership on its board of directors, which meets monthly.
Several members of the 15-member board of governors joined the board of directors.
Membership of the board of directors was increased from six to 12.
The LMHEA also elected new officers to the board.
Kathy Bruner was re-elected to a one-year term as president of the board.
Also re-elected were Tim Fritzel, treasurer; Todd Thompson, secretary; and Les Dreiling, vice president.
Jackie Shmalberg also remains on the board.
Members of the board of governors who were elected to the board of directors are Jan Breithaupt, Harley Catlin, Dr. Chris Fevurly, Jan McCullough, Marlene Penny, Bill Salome and Phil Struble.
Board members' terms normally are for three years. But some members' terms are also one to two years so that all members' terms do not expire at the same time, Early-Weas said.
The LMHEA is the primary fund-raising arm for the hospital. The board of directors coordinates fund raising and determines which projects will be funded.
The endowment association was founded in 1969 by a group of community leaders interested in seeing that their community hospital benefited from gifts and donations.
Endowment association funds are not used for operating expenses of the hospital.
Projects funded in 1996 included specialized hand therapy equipment; a pediatric educational program; Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Awareness Dance, which raised money for mammograms for Health Care Access patients; and ENCARE, an ongoing program in which emergency nurses reached more than 1,250 high school students with presentations about drinking and driving.
For more information about the association, call 749-6134.