Release Date: 07-15-2005 Click here for a larger view
(HONESDALE, PA…May 5, 2005)… Wayne Memorial Hospital is growing inside and out. The Wayne Memorial Health Foundation, which is spearheading the capital campaign to help fund the new Emergency Department, has a new administrative leader, G. Richard Garman, and new members Alfred G. Howell and Marc Honigfeld. Garman, formerly the Foundation’s Director of Planned Giving, succeeds David Hoff as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Hoff is the Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Memorial Health System.
“Rich is the ideal person to head the Foundation, especially at this time,” says Hoff. “He’s been with Wayne Memorial more than 30 years. He knows the community, and he knows we have to grow with the community. Rich can help strengthen the ties between the Hospital and the people we serve.”
Garman, who was Hoff’s predecessor in the top post at Wayne Memorial for seven years, says he is looking forward to a “rejuvenated” Wayne Memorial Health Foundation. Pointing to costly and difficult issues of our time—bioterorism preparedness, nursing shortages, a rapidly aging population, physician recruitment challenges—Garman says he “envisions volunteerism and philanthropy taking on increasing significance, a reliance on charitable giving in the same way colleges and universities have depended for years upon gifts from their alumni and others to sustain them.”
To help meet the challenges of the future and to remain connected with its different and growing constituencies, the Foundation recently changed its bylaws to enlarge and diversify its Board of Trustees. The Board’s original membership was limited to 15, but that number has been increased to 20. Fifteen of the trustee seats have been filled. Both local attorney Alfred G. Howell and Marc Honigfeld, the director and co-owner of Trails End Camp in Beach Lake, joined the Foundation Board shortly before the capital campaign—Operation Vital Signs—was launched earlier this year.
Honigfeld says he’s “rooting for the Hospital” during this critical and exciting period of its growth. Trails End has been in Wayne County 59 years this summer, he notes, and “our camp family has always valued its relationship with the community, and we will continue to do so.” A former board member of the American Camping Association/New York Section, Honigfeld resides in the winter in Merrick, New York, with his wife Rona and two children. Rona’s parents, Stan and Starr Goldberg co-own Trails End with Honigfeld.
This year, Honigfeld is also serving as a liason between Wayne Memorial and 30 area camps. Citing the camps’ reliance upon the Hospital’s Emerg