Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Annual Fund
A decorated military veteran, “Ted” Morgan served his nation in WWII as a medic with the 82nd Airborne, repeatedly dropping behind enemy lines to care for the wounded. He served his hometown of Edgartown as a selectman for over three decades, and the Island community for 40 years as organizer of the July 4th parade. He served Martha’s Vineyard Hospital at two critical junctures – as administrator when the 1972 addition was being planned, and again 30 years later as the Hospital emerged from bankruptcy and began planning its new building. Ted celebrated his 92 brithday in September.
I was born in Edgartown and always knew I wanted to come back someday and participate in and contribute to my community.
I had been managing Air Force hospitals for 4 years when Stephen Carey Luce called me in 1972 and asked me to come back to the Island to be the administrator of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. I held that position until 1976. I also ran for selectman when I returned and was elected. Somehow the years just kept piling up.
I served the Hospital again about thirty years after my years as administrator, as chairman of the board during the time when the Hospital was emerging from bankruptcy. It really was a period of crisis, but we turned things around.
Drawing on my experience in the military and my years in town government, I learned that you don’t accomplish things by yourself. I feel the same way about Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We need to work together to ensure the health of the institution that takes care of us.
I’ve been hospitalized a number of times, and to be cared for right here on the Vineyard is so important to me and my family. The staff is so dedicated. They go out of their way for their patients – I couldn’t ask for more.
The new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is a tremendous accomplishment. We have it because a group of people got together and decided that it was going to happen – that’s what it takes.
But the new building was just the beginning. Now we all need to continue to remember how very fortunate we are to have this facility, and continue to generously support it.
Fred B. Morgan, Jr.
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