Second staffer quits hospital foundationby Matthew Uhrig
WINCHESTER – A second staff member has left the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation.
The Winchester Press has learned that Christina Enright, the
organization’s manager of community engagement, recently tendered her
resignation amidst the controversy that surrounds the sudden firing of
the foundation’s executive director and the exit of its board chair.
Details as to why Enright quit were unknown as of press time. She had
joined the hospital’s fundraising arm in November 2011, after many
years as leader of the Winchester Hospital Heelers.
The move comes just weeks after Troy Cross, who had led the foundation
since 2011, was let go. Arnold Scheerder also stepped down from his
board position at that time.
As well, three other board members, Al Armstrong, Elaine De Rooy and Tom Deacon, each tabled their resignations.
Sources have told the Press that contention among board members, both
those serving the foundation and those with the hospital, was strong.
Cross, meanwhile, was said to have been caught in a widening rift
between him and senior management at the hospital.
Despite growing speculation among community members as to the real
reason for these changes, neither WDMH administration nor the remaining
foundation board members are addressing the situation publicly.
Although, it seems hospital CEO Cholly Boland is working mightily to stem any negative backlash.
In an email to community stakeholders, a copy of which the Press
obtained, Boland provided what he termed “an update” on the situation.
He acknowledged the recent leadership changes, and ensured that the
foundation is continuing to receive donations to purchase equipment for
Boland also criticized the Press’ recent coverage, calling it a
“negative view of the situation,” and informing email recipients that
what is being reported “is not the case.”
He went on to praise the ongoing commitment of the remaining board members.
“We continue to have a strong foundation board, comprised of dedicated community volunteers,” he said.
Those remaining on the executive wing include Anne Van Delst (who has
been named interim board chair), Richard Pope (vice chair), and Karen
Thompson. Appointees include Stephen McClellan (who chairs the hospital
board), Janice Hyndman (auxiliary president), and Boland.
Back to News page