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Published on March 19, 2007

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Four New Members Elected to Adventist Healthcare Board of Trustees

Rockville, Md. - Adventist HealthCare in Rockville announces the election of four new members to its Board of Trustees.  The four are: Charles L. Cheatham of Pine Forge, Pa.; William K. Miller of Staunton, Va.; Peter H. Plamondon, Jr. of Darnestown, Md.; and Steven L. Tuck, M.D., of Rockville, Md.

Charles L. Cheatham is president of the Allegheny East Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  During his more than 30 years with the conference, Mr. Cheatham’s contributions have run the gamut from starting inner city services and ministries to establishing churches and traveling on missions for evangelism service, both on the national and international front.  Mr. Cheatham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology education at Oakwood College, a Master’s of Arts degree in theology at Potomac/Andrews University and was recently inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegium of Scholars.  Mr. Cheatham is also a member of Adventist HealthCare’s Hackettstown Hospital Board. He is certified as a Media Specialist through Indiana University's School of Technology.  He and his wife Reather have three children and five grandchildren.

William K. Miller was elected president of the Potomac Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2006 and was previously president of the Minnesota Conference.  In his five years as president of the Minnesota Conference, Mr. Miller oversaw its growth to almost 7,000 members with new ministries established in the Hmong and Liberian communities.  He expanded the media ministry to 106 cable markets for the Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) while also focusing on education to increase enrollment at church-affiliated academies.  Mr. Miller graduated from Pacific Union College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and a minor in biblical languages.  He graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Andrews University.  He and his wife Sally have three children.

Peter H. Plamondon Jr., co-president and owner of The Plamondon Companies in Frederick, Md., is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel administration.  Mr. Plamondon worked with Marriott Corporation in the hotel division’s sales and marketing department and in commercial real estate as a vice president at Barrueta and Associates in Washington, D.C. before joining Plamondon Enterprises in 1993.  He led the development, construction and renovation of new Roy Rogers Family Restaurants and, with his brother Jim, purchased the Roy Rogers trademark and franchise system in 2002.  Mr. Plamondon also led the expansion of The Plamondon Companies into the hotel business and the company is now the largest hotelier in Frederick, Md.  He is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Frederick County as well as Farmers and Mechanics Bank. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Hospitality Program at Frederick Community College.  He and his wife Gail have four children.

Steven L. Tuck, M.D., has been with Shady Grove Orthopaedics Associates in Rockville since 1980, the same year he joined the medical staff of Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.  Dr. Tuck’s many hospital leadership positions include chairman of the Division of Orthopaedics, chairman of the Department of Surgery and President of the Medical Staff.  He currently serves on the hospital’s Credentials Committee in addition to his position as Medical Director of Asbury Outpatient Services.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biochemistry at Harvard College graduating magna cum laude, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzer School of Medicine.  His numerous professional affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Montgomery County Medical Society. He and his wife Heather have two children.

"These four new trustees represent a depth and breadth of leadership experience encompassing the medical arena, religious ministry and business world,” said William G. “Bill” Robertson, president and chief executive officer of Adventist HealthCare. “I look forward to their contributions as we pursue our mission to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.”

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery organization based in Rockville, Maryland, is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.  The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Adventist Senior Living Services, Greater Washington Sleep Disorders Centers, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Health Services, the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children and Infants and LifeWork Strategies.

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