Press Release: Brumfield resigns from PRMC board

Gayla Brumfield resigned as Chair from Plains Regional Medical Center, PRMC, Community Board of Trustees as of April 1, 2010. Brumfield served on the hospital board for 15 years with the last 4 as chair.

“The past several years serving as a Board Member and continuing on as the chairman of the Board has been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my life,” said Brumfield in her resignation letter. “I have seen this facility grow from one building to a complete premier regional facility.”

Brumfield said that she has seen the medical facility grow by adding a new rehabilitation center, a cancer center, a new emergency room facility and a surgery center along with many other improvements.

PRMC Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said Brumfield’s contributions are immeasurable.

“Gayla has provided a tremendous vision and leadership which has helped expand PRMC into the premier healthcare facility it is today and we owe her our most genuine gratitude for her contributions and service.”

Skabelund noted the significance of her commitment.

“What makes Gayla’s accomplishments and contributions so impressive is these were accomplished while she continued to serve the City of Clovis as Mayor with all of that position’s responsibilities as well as owning and operating a successful small business,” said Skabelund.

Lonnie Leslie assumed the Chair’s role and is looking forward to carrying on Brumfield’s tradition of improving healthcare for Clovis and Curry County residents.

“Our focus will be to continue to improve quality at PRMC and within the Presbyterian system as well as ensure that every customer and employee encounters the best possible experience at our facilities,” said Leslie. “We’ve been able to expand our services over time even as recently as last month with the acquisition of the surgery center.”

Leslie added that a strong, cohesive relationship between the PRMC Board and the physicians has been established which helps expand services and meet community needs.

“I think we will continue to meet the needs of Air Force personnel as this new mission develops at Cannon Air Force Base,” said Leslie.

“I feel Lonnie has the energy, perseverance and relentless passion for PRMC as all of us anticipate what’s on the healthcare horizon coupled with unprecedented challenges facing the economy on all levels,” said Skabelund. “I fully anticipate Lonnie’s excitement and enthusiasm for PRMC will carry over into the Board’s continued focus of providing safe, quality medical care to everyone we serve.”

Leslie is a retired Assistant Superintendent from Clovis Schools and has been on the PRMC Community Board of Trustees since 2006. He served as Chair of the PRMC Quality Committee prior to being appointed as PRMC Community Board Chair as well as Chairman of the Local Growth Management Organization from 2006-09. He is a Past President of the Clovis Rotary Club and was the 2008 Clovis Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” recipient. Leslie serves as a deacon at Central Baptist Church in Clovis.

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