Winston-Salem, NC — Elaine J. Todd, Board Chair at Benson Area Medical Center was recognized last week at the North Carolina Primary Care Conference as the Board Chair of the Year by the North Carolina Office of Rural Health. Elaine has served as board chair for 5 years being only the second board chair in the organizations 38 year history. William W. Massengill, Jr., CEO states that Elaine has been instrumental in leading the board during a period of growth and success for the organization. This included spearheading a successful capital campaign which generated over $300,000. Under her leadership the organization underwent a mortgage refinancing which generated more than $100,000 in savings for the organization. In additional to her financial leadership, Elaine has spearheaded the development of the Board of Directors by attending trainings offered by the BCBS Foundation for board development. She encouraged the organization to apply for the BCBS Foundation Nonprofit Leadership Academy for which Benson Area Medical Center was accepted for the Fall of 2016. Elaine has been a member of the team which attended the trainings in Winston Salem and has gone on to work to answer our big question of “How do we become a truly patient centered team that thrives?”.
Elaine is committed to the original principles of North Carolina’s rural health centers as established by Jim Bernstein: Everyone has a right to health care, care should be delivered in a respectful, effective and efficient manner, and the health care system belongs to the communities where people live and providers practice.