Remembering Doug Gentry
Ashland Community Hospital Foundation and Asante Ashland Community Hospital lost a friend on November 9, 2013 when Doug Gentry passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Since January 2007, Doug had served continuously on the board of directors of Ashland Community Hospital, including a term as chair that lasted until his final illness. During these years, Doug served on many of the board’s committees, including the Executive Committee, Finance Committee (sometimes as member, sometimes as chair), Healthy Communities Committee, Marketing Committee, Medical Affairs Committee and the Quality & Compliance Committee.
Doug worked diligently to ensure the future of our hospital and was a key member of the affiliation discussions during the past couple of years. He served as hospital board liaison to the foundation board during his term as vice chair, and he is fondly remembered for his participation in the Festival of Lights parade as the Gingerbread Man. Upon his passing, he left a bequest to Ashland Community Hospital Foundation for the Employee Assistance Fund. The fund provides financial support to employees during times of financial hardship.
Doug and his wife Betsy moved to Ashland in 2004 as Doug began his career at Southern Oregon University. Doug was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and an active and enthusiastic civic leader. In addition to his involvement with our hospital and foundation, he was a member of the Lithia Springs Rotary Club, volunteered with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, served on the Ashland Citizen’s Budget Committee and, shortly before passing away, was named the “2013 Citizen of the Year” by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
Doug’s life and service to our hospital was honored with the planting of a tree at the hospital and a special memorial service.