Reece enjoys seamless transition as director
After more than a decade, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation is moving forward with a new executive director.
Susan Reece has spent the last few months getting acquainted to the position previously held by Linda Hunt, who served the Foundation for more than 10 years. Hunt began briefing Reece for her current position in April and retains an integral role with the Foundation on a part-time basis as a liaison and program coordinator of SeniorLink, but leaves the director's responsibilities in Reece's capable hands.
"When [Linda] first started talking to me about looking at this job, I just looked at her and said, 'There is no way I am going to follow you!' Reece said. "She assured me she was still going to be here. Every day with Linda is a learning experience, and you learn to do something to help people."
Reece served on the Foundation Board for four years, including a term as treasurer, prior her current position. Her relationship with the Thomasville community began at NewBridge Bank, where she was vice president of business banking. Reece also sits on the Board of Directors for Communities In Schools of Thomasville and is a member of the Thomasville Rotary Club.
"When she came aboard in April, I remember praying about her for a long, long time," Hunt said. "I've known Susan for a long time and have loved her. She has a heart for people, she has new and fresh ideas to bring to this Foundation."
Reece, who is originally from Siler City, said her volunteer background in fundraising helped to prepare her to serve as the Foundation’s executive director. She inherits the tasks of coordinating the Foundation’s Evening of Music, annual golf tournament in September and Christmas Trees of Davidson County.
"You don't need to change a bunch of things that are already in place," Reece said. "As the population changes, we can simply grow and change with it. Linda's left us with a great footprint to start with. We have a good, steady base, and we can grow from that."
Reece said the job demands flexibility, as she balances big picture needs of the hospital with catering to the needs of the community she serves. The ultimate goal, Reece said, is to help the hospital with the health of the community, one person at a time.
"The hospital sees itself as part of the community. You may be working on a budget for something, and you've got to stop because there's someone who was just released from the hospital and needs prescription drugs," Reece said. "At the end of the day, it's nice to know you've done something to help someone. When Linda said she never stopped, now I understand. She never stopped."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.