Leanne C. Allen, 1st vice president of the Memorial Hospital Association since 2006, was recently elected president. Allen replaces P.J. Hunt who served as president of the association since 2004.
The Memorial Hospital Association is comprised of residents of Talbot, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties. The members represent the hospital in their communities by explaining available services and linking individuals and organizations to the hospital and the other service areas of Shore Health System. Association members also communicate with hospital management about healthcare needs in the community.
Allen, a resident of Easton, is director of fiscal and program compliance in the Continuing Education and Workforce Training Department at Chesapeake College. She earned an associate degree from Hagerstown Community College, a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Western Maryland College and a master of business administration from Mt. St. Mary’s College. She is a member of the Chapel District Elementary School PTO executive committee and has volunteered for many years at the local level with the Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization.
Allen joined the Memorial Hospital Association in 2003 to promote the resources available through the hospital and Shore Health System. “What I have most enjoyed about being a member of the association is having the opportunity to learn about the departments and services Shore Health System offers to people across the region,” Allen says. “At our quarterly meetings we have the rare opportunity to speak with members of the medical staff whom we would not meet unless we had a personal medical reason.”
Allen adds, “Association members act as a megaphone to the community. We share what we learn about the great medical professionals and services that are accessible when our loved ones or colleagues need them.”
As she takes on the presidency of the Memorial Hospital Association, Allen plans to build on the leadership of P.J. Hunt and the existing relationship with Shore Health System management. “P.J. has been a great role model and I thank her for her years of service to the association. My goal is to make the bond between association members and the Shore Health System medical community even stronger. I want our members to feel empowered to spread the word when they meet with their friends, neighbors and co-workers all around the region.”
Allen adds, “It’s easy to be a cheerleader when you understand the caliber of the resources we have access to through Shore Health System. The association can play a positive role as plans evolve for the future expansion of services in all of the counties where our members live.”