Mary's Hospital Foundation names new director
Jim May began work September 1 as Executive Director of the St.Mary’s Hospital and Clinics Foundation. He currently serves as President of the Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation Board.
“I joined the CVH Foundation board about four years ago to repay a debt. St. Mary’s Hospital literally saved my life and, knowing the two were sister hospitals, I said ‘yes’ when asked to join the CVH Foundation board,” said May. “Since beginning my work with both hospitals, I realize the important role of grant writing and fund development. Both are key to a maintaining a quality regional health care system in times that are challenging to rural healthcare. Insurance reimbursements are no longer enough to cover the costs of providing services and purchasing new equipment to provide state-of-the-art care.”
May and his wife own Reflections Inn on the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River. He helped establish the Communities Creating Connections Computer Technology Center and an after school program, Discovery Center. CCC is a community based non-profit agency that provides educational programming and technology to the Kooskia area.
He has a Masters Degree in Education with a major in Guidance and Counseling from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and another with a major in Vocational-Technical Education from The Ohio State University. May also pursued additional post graduate work in group counseling at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Prior to moving to the Kooskia area in 1997, May worked for 18 years as a public school administrator in Kent City, and served as Assistant Director at the Ohio Department of Education in charge of Counseling and testing at Rio Grande, Ohio. He was also a teacher and guidance counselor for 15 years in Columbus, Ohio.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Jim’s qualifications and experience join our staff. His volunteer work with the CVH Foundation Board has really made a big difference and we’re happy he’ll be sharing some of that expertise with the capable and talented members we have on the Cottonwood board,” said Casey Meza, CEO, SMHC/CVHC. “We’re also planning on expanding Foundation activities into the Kamiah and Kooskia areas. We have so many dedicated patients in that area and we’d like to provide them with an opportunity to work together with our two hospitals and clinics that serve that area.”
May’s wife, Ruth, is active with the Upper Clearwater Valley Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Committee and she currently serves as coordinator for all bicentennial related events.
“I am looking forward to getting to know the people in all the areas our Foundations serve. All communities have their similarities and differences and I’m glad I’ll have an opportunity to learn more about how we can serve the communities, their residents and involve them in our goal of ensuring a healthy future for our health care system.”
Debbie Schumacher has served as part time Executive Director for the SMHC Foundation. She will continue to consult with the board on an ‘as needed’ basis. Schumacher is Manager of SMHC/CVHC Human Resources Department. May will work on a full-time basis.