National award honors Tucker

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 06:39 PM

Dr. Bev Tucker has been honored by Duke LifePoint among its 61 facilities across the nation.

Tucker was given the LifePoint Hospitals 2013 Board Leadership Award recently. The recognition honors a board leader exemplifying the company’s five guiding principles, according to a release from Maria Parham Medical Center.

Those honored give genuine support of high-quality patient care; give active and constructive input into medical staff affairs; support of LifePoint’s commitment to hospital employees; represent the needs and views of the community; and pay diligent attention to ensuring fiscal responsibility.

The award was given by David Dill, president and chief operating officer of LifePoint.

According to a statement from the hospital, Dill said, “Each LifePoint and Duke LifePoint board member plays a vital role in representing the needs of his or her community and helps the company achieve our mission of Making Communities Healthier. As a board member, physician and citizen, Dr. Tucker has demonstrated exceptional service to Maria Parham Medical Center and his local community. Duke LifePoint has been privileged to work closely with him in the formation of our partnership with Maria Parham, and we could not be more proud to honor him with our 2013 Board Leadership Award.”

Tucker was cited by Dill for decades of service that include serving as chief of staff, Department of Medicine chairman, and leader of several task forces and committees. Tucker has also been a recruiter of physicians.

He joined the board in 1995 and was a part of the research team that led to the partnership with Duke LifePoint.

In his statement, Dill added, “We at Duke LifePoint now often turn to Dr. Tucker for advice, and we send board chairs from community hospitals across the country who are experiencing similar crossroads to him for guidance. We believe that Dr. Tucker’s visionary leadership was the key to positioning Maria Parham for a bright future.”