CCMH Recognizes Anderson, Shirey, Sowers

Charles Updegraff congratulates Buzz Shirey after being named an honorary director

COUDERSPORT – Charles Cole Memorial Hospital honored three long-time supporters during the hospital’s annual meeting of its corporate advisors and board of directors.

Frederic “Fred” Anderson and Burton “Buzz” Shirey were named honorary directors and Mary Sowers was named an honorary advisor. The honorary designations are made by the corporate advisors in recognition of distinguished service to CCMH.

“We thank Fred, Buzz and Mary for their years of service to Charles Cole and we’re pleased to honor them tonight,” said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director, patient and community relations.

Anderson was a CCMH board member from 1971-1980, serving as secretary and first vice president and served on the executive, personnel and public relations committees. He also served on the Potter County Hospital Authority from 1981-2008 and was chairman from 1984-2008. He is a retired Coudersport School District principal.

Shirey served as a board member from 1986-1996 and was a member of the personnel, building and grounds, finance, planning, physician recruitment and public relations committees. He also served on the Potter County Hospital Authority from 2001-2008 and is a retired superintendent from the Coudersport School District.

Sowers and her late husband, Lewis, have been long-time advocates of CCMH. Their generous contributions, and those of their late son, Kenneth, have had and will continue to advance the goals, projects and patient care at CCMH.

The meeting also featured remarks by outgoing board chairman Charles H. Updegraff, Jr.; Dr. Michael Callahan, president of the medical staff and board secretary; Paul Pritchard, newly-elected board chairman; and Ed Pitchford, president and chief executive officer.

From left, Charles Updegraff and Ed Pitchford present Fred Anderson with an award naming him a CCMH honorary director for his years of service to the hospital

Charles Updegraff congratulates Mary Sowers after being named an honorary advisor

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