Community Room at Alliance hospital dedicated to McAlisters
Don McAlister, who has served on the Alliance Community Hospital Board of Trustees for 35 years, including 21 years as its president, was recognized recently along with his late wife Rose, with the naming of the hospital's community room adjacent to the Caf (formerly known as Conference Room 1A).
The Don and Rose McAlister Community Room was officially dedicated with family members and hospital officials present. McAlister was presented with a plaque, which will be displayed in the room, by Scott Ingledue, who has served as Board Chair and President of the Alliance Citizens Health Association since 1996.
"I have been honored to serve with Don for 30 of his 35 years and consider him an outstanding leader and great mentor," Ingledue said. "His insight and dedication to this hospital are exemplary."
During the dedication, ACH CEO Stan Jonas traced the history and outlined the accomplishments of the hospital during the past 35 years.
Jonas, who has served as CEO since 1997, credited McAlister for stabilizing the hospital "when the going got tough" and for the support he has given him and his leadership team throughout his tenure.
"As a new CEO 19 years ago, it was reassuring to know that I had a supportive Board Chair with great insight who wasn't satisfied with the status quo," Jonas said. "He and Rose have served the community well and have made Alliance Community Hospital a better place."
In accepting the plaque, McAlister said serving the hospital has been "a humbling experience." According to McAlister, the hospital has undergone some big changes during his time on the Board but with each problem came opportunity. "Service is a pleasure," McAlister said. "Time has flown but the progress speaks for itself."