It’s hard to believe, but Madison Hospital turned nine years old on Feb. 28, 2021. During that time, we have built a reputation for safe and compassionate care in a family-friendly setting.
Most of the credit rightly goes to our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. But I also want to acknowledge the contributions of some unsung heroes: the community volunteer members of our Madison Hospital Board.
Gerald Dupree is a great example.
I rely on Mr. Dupree and the other board members to help keep me focused on the big picture – to make sure that our plans for the future match up with the community’s changing needs.
Mr. Dupree’s insights come from his diverse life experiences. Like many people in our area, he served in the Army – attaining the rank of captain – and later worked as a defense contractor. He’s a church deacon, lifelong Madison County resident and Huntsville/Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. He and his wife, Sarah Yeager Dupree, will celebrate their 63rd anniversary this year. They have two children, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
I asked Mr. Dupree why he enjoys serving on the Madison Hospital Board. His answer says a lot about his community spirit:
“Madison Hospital is a wonderful asset to the Huntsville/Madison area and indeed to all of North Alabama. We have only to observe all of the business, medical and industrial growth that has occurred since the hospital was built. The hospital is easily accessible, provides fantastic medical service and is minutes away from its parent, Huntsville Hospital, which is recognized as a worldwide trauma center. Could we ask for more?”