Hospital chairman named trustee of the year


Seasonal West Tisbury resident John P. Ferguson last month received New England Healthcare Assembly’s (NEHA) prestigious 2008 Trustee Leadership Award, which recognizes the “significant contributions of a hospital trustee whose personal courage and achievements have been of exceptional value to healthcare.”

Mr. Ferguson is chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital board and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The award was presented at the NEHA Annual Trustee Leadership Conference in Boston.

Mr. Ferguson has been chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital since 2002 and on its board since 2000.

In presenting the award, Nancy Palmer, a Massachusetts Hospital Association board member and board chairwoman of Northeast Hospital Corp., praised Mr. Ferguson’s “vision and clarity, which turned around a small rural hospital faced with a variety of threatening issues.”

“I am humbled to be recognized with such a prestigious award honoring dedicated volunteers who influence our industry and the way healthcare is delivered in America,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I believe this recognition belongs to everyone at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital – for it is our collective passion for providing the highest quality care to our patients that continues to drive what I do.”