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Hensley, Chandler added to healthcare foundation board

The Unicoi County Foundation of Healthcare saw the number of members increase by two after the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital’s Board of Control meeting on Thursday, March 5.
During the meeting, board member Russell Brackins announced that Town of Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley and Erwin Alderman Gary Chandler were approved as the two appointments to the foundation by the Board of Control’s Executive Committee.
The board then unanimously approved Hensley’s and Chandler’s appointments.
“The point of this meeting was we appointed two people to the foundation,” said Roland Bailey, Board of Control Chairman. “The foundation was formed to take the $1 million that Mountain States Health Alliance has given for health care needs in our community.”
MSHA acquired UCMH in 2013 and one of the stipulations in the agreement signed was that it would contribute $1 million for a foundation to use for unmet health care needs in Unicoi County.
During the meeting, Brackins mentioned that the amount of experience that Hensley and Chandler bring to the foundation will help move the foundation forward.
Hensley is the current Erwin Mayor and previously served as the town’s recorder. Along with being involved with different local civic and government organizations, Brackins said, Hensley also served on the Unicoi County Economic Development Board as executive director.
Chandler currently serves as an alderman and part of the Board of Control for UCMH.
“During his tenure, he’s been a great asset to that body,” Brackins said of Chandler. “Gary has used his knowledge and wisdom to guide us through trying times while part of the hospital board.”
The foundation is getting two community members who will be big assets moving forward, Bailey added.
“Mrs. Hensley brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board,” he said. “Mr. Chandler is on the Board of Mayor and Alderman and he also has a great knowledge and understanding of what our county and city needs.
“Both of them will add a tremendous resource and knowledge to our foundation and that’s what we are looking for … an all-around knowledge for what we need to do for our community.”
The seven members Chandler and Hensley will join include: Bailey, Unicoi County Commission Chairwoman Marie Rice, former Clinchfield Senior Adult Center Executive Director Charlene O’Dell, attorney Mitch Manuel and Dennis Bokemeier.
MSHA will also hold seats on the foundation with CEO of Southeast Market, Dwayne Taylor, and UCMH administrator Tracy Byers.