Barton names board member |

Barton names board member

Denise Sloan Smart / Special to the Tribune

Barton HealthCare System has announced that Kirk Ledbetter, a lifelong resident of the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, has been elected to its board of directors. Ledbetter fills the seat recently vacated by Buck Barkley, who served on the board for 20 years.

Two generations of Ledbetter’s family before him were instrumental in seeing the Barton HealthCare System become a reality. His grandmother, Faye Ledbetter, and his great-aunt, Alva Barton, donated the original 6 acres of land on which the hospital now sits. His father, William B. Ledbetter, served on the hospital board and foundation board as a member and a president of each organization. His sister, Jessica Ledbetter, served on the hospital board for 15 years.

Ledbetter feels it’s now his turn to take responsibility in supporting Barton with a great understanding of what a community hospital means to Lake Tahoe. He brings a wealth of business acumen to the board through his many years of experience at Harveys, overseeing customer satisfaction programs. He served on several community organization boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe, Douglas County Educational Foundation and the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife, Debbie, raised their two children at Tahoe, both of whom were born at Barton Hospital.

Ledbetter will serve on the board quality committee and said he is excited to be involved with quality issues facing the hospital. He also will attend finance committee meetings in order to get an up-to-date understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the hospital.

The board looks forward to his valuable contributions to the Barton HealthCare System. His term runs through April 2010.

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