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April 12, 2013

In tribute to 7 years of extraordinary leadership

My memory may be clogged, but I can’t remember any postponement over the past half-century when foul weather delayed an annual meeting of the Anna Jaques Hospital for weeks.

It did this year.

Scheduled for March 7, it took 20 days of recovery from intermittent storms before those attending at the Blue Ocean meeting hall in Salisbury celebrated what had been years in the making.

Seeds were planted by a gifted board of trustees and Anna Jaques President & CEO Delia O’Connor seven years earlier when George H. Ellison Jr. was elected chairman of the board.

Outgoing Chairman Ellison’s remarks were brief but rich in appreciation for what others had done, steering the involvement and cooperation of “a team of doers who stepped up and delivered when it mattered most.”

“None of it would have been realized without the level of engagement shown by the members of the board of trustees and the collective, positive energy of our employees, physicians, volunteers, board and committee members, community leaders and donors,” he had written in his program letter.

“Together they have accomplished the main goals from our strategic plan written in 2007.”

This was a night to celebrate the results of those seven years, and with one unfortunate absence, they did.

Delia O’Connor had suffered a skiing accident and was unable to attend. The good news is she’s on the mend.

Fortunately, her program notes and the presentations of others spoke proudly of what had been brought to fruition.

In her letter, she reported in part:

“As some Massachusetts hospitals continued the trend of consolidation, Anna Jaques strengthened our clinical affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Boston academic medical center and major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, to bring sub-specialists to our local community and enhance the collaboration on certain programs between our hospitals.

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