David R. Shepherd Elected to CHC/SEK Board of Directors
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) is pleased to welcome David R. Shepherd as its newest elected member of its board of directors. Shepherd is a longtime Fort Scott businessman and owner of Bourbon County Cars, Inc. He becomes the 14th member of the governing body of the health center.
“By design, health center board members must be representative of the communities we serve,” says Krista Postai, President & CEO of CHC/SEK. “Upon establishing our Fort Scott clinic, David stood out as an obvious board candidate with his volunteer work with both faith-based and community boards. His involvement with Presbyterian Village, Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas and as a mentor and facilitator of “Next Steps” (assisting families living in poverty)” clearly indicated he shares similar values with our organization.”
Shepherd said, “When I was approached by CHC/SEK about serving, I wasn’t sure I wanted to serve on another board or committee after being on so many over the past 45 years. However, after giving the matter much thought and learning about their mission in the communities they serve, I decided what they are doing in the Fort Scott area is something so important that I needed to do what I can to help. Among the many things I like and appreciate about the organization is the fact that every patient CHC/SEK serves receives the same level of high-quality care and services, regardless of their financial means or ability to pay.”
CHC/SEK board chairman Dr. Dan Minnis commented “David brings to the board a vast knowledge of business, community affairs, finance and banking, as well as his involvement in so many organizations focusing on improving life for the people of Fort Scott and Bourbon County. “His skills, insight, and dedication to his community are in perfect alignment with the spirit and mission of our organization.”
Shepherd has previously served in various Mercy Health System committees and boards, Bourbon County United Way, Fort Scott Rotary Club, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mo-Kan Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; KS State Historical Society, and as a trustee, Chairman of Board, Deacon, and Elder at First Christian Church, Fort Scott.