About Don Jarvis

Donald Gene "Don" Jarvis, a longtime member of the Wilkes Regional Medical Center board of trustees, has been recognized by his peers by naming the hospital's dialysis center in his honor. WRMC CEO Ted Chapin, hospital board chairman Bert Hall, North Wilkesboro Mayor Elect George Church, North Wilkesboro Commissioner Robert Johnson and others gathered at the ailing Jarvis' North Wilkesboro home on Friday. Jarvis, who suffers from cancer, was presented with a portrait of himself with a plaque that will be placed in the lobby of the dialysis center in West Park. Describing the event, Chapin said, "Don was very taken aback and very flattered." Jarvis served on the hospital board from September 1996 until November 2004. "Don had quite an affection for the dialysis center," Chapin said. "He felt strongly that people should be able to stay in the county for the service. He was instrumental in getting it back under the hospital's management and growing the services. The center started with 10 seats. One more seat has been recently added with plans for five more in the near future. "The board felt it was important that we honored Don for all the work he has done as a board member," Chapin continued. "The year he was board chairman was a difficult time for the hospital. It was under his leadership that we started a healing process." During one meeting he asked two non-board members to sit in on a closed session. "That was a gesture that he wanted to keep the decisions of the board out on the table, in the public and discussed openly," Chapin said. During last Monday's hospital board meeting, the board reached a unanimous consensus to name the center in Jarvis' honor. The plaque and portrait are expected to go up in December. The plaque reads: Donald Gene Jarvis: For turning a dream into a reality." "It was important to him that he made a difference," said WRMC Director of Marketing and Medical Staff Development Tammy Love. "It's a great honor to recognize him for what he did here at Wilkes Regional Medical Center." "I personally think it's great," Chapin said. "I admire Don. It's a privilege to have been able to work with him."

Picture by Jerry Yale


Donald Gene Jarvis dedicated himself to ensuring quality healthcare was available to the citizens of Wilkes County.

Don dedicated eight years of service to Wilkes Regional Medical Center by serving on its Board of Directors.

Don served in a leadership capacity as a member of the Executive Committee and as Board Chairman in 2004.

Don's vision, enthusiasm, and leadership led him to be affectionately known as the "peacemaker". He was instrumental in improving relationships within the organization.

Don's only desire was to make a difference as he truly loved Wilkes Regional Medical Center. Don was particularly fond of the Dialysis Unit and worked tirelessly to ensure the Unit provided the best care possible for its patients.

that Don did in fact have a tremendous impact on Wilkes Regional Medical Center and it is a stronger organization due to his influence. The WRMC Hospital Operating Board wishes to recognize his numerous contributions and years of distinguished service by naming the Wilkes Regional Medical Center Dialysis Unit in his honor.

that from this day forward the Dialysis Unit is named The Donald Gene Jarvis Dialysis Unit of Wilkes Regional Medical Center. A portrait of Don and a plaque will be permanently displayed in the lobby of the Unit.

The WRMC Hospital Operating Board
November 29, 2005