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March 22, 2013

Wittkopf takes over as head of Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation

COMMERCE — Alicia Wittkopf, a member of the advancement staff at Texas A&M University-Commerce for the last five years, has been named director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation and development.

“We are excited to have Alicia on board to provide leadership for our Foundation,” said Richard Carter, CEO of Hunt Regional Healthcare, a growing regional healthcare organization with hospitals in Greenville and Commerce and programs elsewhere in the area.  

“The Foundation has played an increasing role in providing resources to help strengthen our healthcare programs,” Carter said. “We are building a regional organization that has taken the lead in providing healthcare of the highest quality to the people we serve, and the Foundation is a big part of that,” Carter said.

The Foundation has generated nearly $3,000,000 in gifts since it began seeking philanthropic support in 2005.

Wittkopf joined the A&M-Commerce fundraising staff in 2007.  She was promoted to Director of Advancement Services in 2010 where she coordinated the stewardship program, prospect management, endowments and scholarships, annual programs, donor recognition and related activities.

She also served as a liaison to the A&M-Commerce Foundation.  She began her new role at HRH on Feb. 25.

A long time resident of Hunt County, Wittkopf holds a B.S. degree in biology from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  She and husband Gabe, a Commerce firefighter/EMT, are the parents of Allie, 10, and Emma, 8.

“There are many healthcare needs to meet and just as many opportunities to provide solutions,” Wittkopf said.  “Our healthcare foundation will take the lead in continuing to make that happen.”

As an example, Wittkopf cited the Foundation’s current initiative to bring lifesaving mobile mammography to Hunt County where only about 50 percent of women receive regular screening mammograms.

“We will look to Alicia for leadership and new ideas to help the Foundation make a difference in patient’s lives,” said Roz Lane of Greenville, Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation Board Chair.  “We have every confidence that she will excel,” Lane said.

The new director succeeds retiring Jack B. Gray. He joined Hunt Regional Healthcare to mobilize the foundation which had been dormant for many years.

The public is invited to a meet and greet reception for Wittkopf on Tuesday, April 2nd in the Hunt Regional Medical Center Weaver Conference Room.

Call 903-408-1064 for more information.

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