Vandivers honored for 40 years of leadership at DeKalb Medical
September 24, 2014
Decatur, Ga. – Maureen and Roy Vandiver, M.D., were honored at a special event on Sunday at DeKalb Medical. The couple was recognized for their 40 years of leadership, vision and philanthropy that has been critical to the success and growth of The DeKalb Medical Foundation and DeKalb Medical. The reception area of DeKalb Medical’s Comprehensive Breast Center Reception Area was named at the event, in their honor, as a tribute to the inspiration and example of hope their life’s journey has given so many.
“We are so blessed to have the Vandivers as part of our Foundation family and as pillars of the community and proponents of quality care for everyone,” says DeKalb Medical Foundation Executive Director, Leigh Minter. “They have been integral to the growth of the DeKalb Medical Foundation and their caring spirit is evident throughout every inch of DeKalb Medical and in each patient interaction.”
A trained social worker and breast cancer survivor, Maureen has devoted her life to championing breast cancer, AIDS, seat belt laws and the perils of smoking while serving as the President of the DeKalb Medical Association Alliance, the Medical Association of Georgia Alliance, Program Coordinator of the DeKalb Medical Cancer Center and Chair of the DeKalb Medical Foundation.
“We want to be good citizens of the hospital and of our county,” says Maureen who was born in Decatur and has lived there all of her life. “DeKalb County and DeKalb Medical have given us a very rich and rewarding life, and it’s time to pay it back,” adds Dr. Vandiver, “We are enthusiastic about the growth of DeKalb Medical and proud to do our part in helping our community have the best care and diagnostic tests modern medicine can provide.”
A well-respected neurosurgeon, Dr. Vandiver has applied his medical moxy and leadership to better understanding brain disease and bringing the latest innovations to DeKalb Medical. He was elected Chief of Staff of DeKalb Medical in 1988, served as President of the DeKalb Medical Society, the Georgia Neurological Society and the Medical Association of Georgia. He served as chairman of the Political Action Committee of the American Medical Association. In 1999, Dr. Vandiver left DeKalb Medical to become CEO and Chairman of the Board for MagMutual Insurance Company, a professional liability company, insuring some 17,000 physicians in the Southeast. He proudly served in this capacity until he retired in 2011.
Named Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb by the American Heart Association, the Vandivers show no couple could have a greater combined heart or ability to improve the lives of their friends and neighbors through their generous philanthropy.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012, and earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center received the Outstanding Achievement Award and is granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program. Our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.