A longtime former Texas County Memorial Hospital employee and member of the board of trustees was remembered at last week’s monthly meeting.
Jane Kirkwood died unexpectedly last Monday evening prior to the board meeting, which opened with a moment of silence. Omanez Fockler, chairperson of the TCMH board, remembered Kirkwood, “a friend and colleague.”
Fockler read a passage from John 14 and shared lyrics from a hymn about leaving earth and going to heaven.
“Jane would have wanted us to go forward with our business here at the hospital,” Fockler said. “She would have told us to ‘make everything happen.’ That’s what we need to do.”
Wes Murray, hospital CEO, described Kirkwood as “dedicated to TCMH.”
“Jane was employed at TCMH more than 35 years and during most of her retirement, Jane was a board member,” he said.
Kirkwood was known as a board member for putting patient care first and for her advocacy for hospital employees.
“Jane will be deeply missed from our TCMH ranks,” Murray said.
Kirkwood began her first term on the TCMH board of trustees in April 2002 and was elected again for the position in April 2007. She had recently filed to run again for the trustee position to be decided in the April 2012 election.
According to hospital bylaws, the hospital’s board can submit a candidate for approval by the Texas County commissioners to fulfill the remainder of a departing board member’s term.