Portraits unveiled: Pair honored for leadership and dedication to service
It was a night honoring the past, present and future.
McLeod Health celebrated the unveiling of portraits to distinguish two outstanding individuals – D. Laurence McIntosh and J. Bruce Barragan - during a ceremony on Nov. 10.
Rob Colones, president and CEO of McLeod Health, opened the evening attended by the honorees, their family members, friends and former colleagues, with the invocation. McLeod Health Board of Trustees Chairman Benjamin T. Zeigler provided the welcoming remarks.
“I have the honor and privilege both to serve as chairman of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees, and to be a part of this long overdue honor of two men who have played a leading role in making McLeod the memorable institution it is today,” said Zeigler. “It is truly a joyful and momentous day in the history of McLeod.”
Zeigler and Vice Chairperson Frank J. “Buddy” Brand II then recognized McIntosh for his service to the McLeod Health Board for 22 years. McIntosh joined the McLeod Health Board of Trustees in 1980, recalled Ziegler.
“He began his service on the board as chairman in 1982, the genesis of two decades of committed and great leadership,” said Zeigler. “During Laurence’s oversight as board chairman more attention to regional selection of trustees was made. Representatives for all primary and secondary service areas were elected and had a voice in the delivery of care for their communities. Laurence also pushed for growth as a competitive hospital and promoting the relationship between medical staff physicians, the board, and the administration. We are thankful for visionaries like Laurence whose footprints have come before and lead us on a path to support healing and hope.”
Following the portrait unveiling for McIntosh, Dr. Charles Jordan, former senior vice president of McLeod Physician Associates, and Jeannette Glenn, former senior vice president of McLeod Health Human Resources, Training and Education, commemorated Barragan’s vision and influence during the enormous growth of McLeod Health from 1980 to 2002.
“It was evident from the very beginning of Bruce’s tenure that his leadership style, charismatic personality and vision would begin to move this flagship forward,” said Jordan. “During his nearly 23 years of service at McLeod, Bruce’s vision and influence is reflected in the enormous growth of McLeod at that time, its huge impact on attracting new business, industry and quality professionals to the region, and by the tremendous loyalty and respect the more than 4,500 employees of McLeod had for him. Bruce was instrumental in moving McLeod from a single medical center with less than 100 physicians and approximately 1,500 employees, to a comprehensive regional system that served this region of the state. These roots continue as the Medical Center and McLeod Health has flourished into a system of seven hospitals and nearly 100 physician practices today.”
Donna Isgett, chief operating officer for McLeod Health, closed the presentation with comments reflecting the legacy of both men, who laid the foundation of a culture of quality and compassion.
“This remarkable past fostered the environment of growth and commitment to patient care at McLeod and inspires us with hope in the future of healthcare,” said Isgett.
McLeod has a long-standing tradition of acknowledging the life-time achievements of McLeod physicians, nursing professionals and organizational leaders. One of the most significant opportunities for recognizing meritorious service and paying tribute to the fine character of these individuals is through the act of commissioning a portrait in their honor by the McLeod Health Board of Trustees.
The artist’s rendering of these individuals are placed on permanent display in areas representative of both the location of their service as well as commemorating their expertise in the field.
The unveiling marked the 30th and 31st portraits honoring individuals during the past three decades.
"I have the honor and privilege both to serve as chairman of the McLeod Health Board of Trustees, and to be a part of this long overdue honor of two men who have played a leading role in making McLeod the memorable institution it is today." - McLeod Health Board of Trustees Chairman Ben Zeigler