Hospital trustee retires after nearly 40 years of service


Since 1981, Schneck Medical Center has undergone many changes from building expansions to the addition of new departments, technology and staff.

As a member of the hospital’s board of trustees, John McCoy has been a part of them all. 

For nearly 40 years, McCoy has helped make decisions involving the hospital and shaped the direction of health care in Jackson County and surrounding communities.

He is the longest serving trustee in the 108-year history of Schneck Medical Center said board chairman Rick Smith.

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Schneck President and CEO Warren Forgey said McCoy’s leadership has been instrumental in the hospital’s success. During his 39 years on the board, he served as chairman and chairman of the health development corporation, a subsidiary of Schneck.

"Through his leadership and passion to advance the healthcare of the communities we serve, Schneck has become one of the most respected healthcare organizations in Indiana," Forgey said.

McCoy was appointed to the board in January 1981 and retired this month. On Dec. 16, he participated in his last board meeting after being honored at the hospital with a retirement reception. During the meeting he received a gift basket and his board name plaque engraved on the back with Schneck’s logo and his years of service.

"We congratulate you on your service to Schneck Medical Center, your dedication and your commitment and your leadership," Smith said.

McCoy said he stayed on the board because he wanted to continue to be a part of the hospital’s progress.

During his tenure, Schneck has grown from 315 employees to 1,064 and seen annual revenue increase from $7 million to more than $420 million. The hospital’s assets also have grown from $5.9 million to more than $400 million.

He was a member of the board during three major campus expansion projects, including the 1991-93 building project, the 2006-09 south wing and cancer center addition and most recently the 2018-19 addition of the Schneck Professional Building and Seymour’s first parking garage.

"He has seen a lot of growth over that time," Smith said. "More than any other board member in Schneck’s history."

McCoy said it took the involvement of the whole board to make the hospital what it is today.

"If it wasn’t for the attitude of the people that I was working with, we would never have achieved all we have achieved," he said. "So attitude is the big thing."

That spirit of cooperation is what has made all the difference, he added.

Forgey said McCoy’s contributions long will be remembered.

"Over the past 39 years, Schneck Medical Center has experienced many changes; however, one constant during that time has been the leadership provided by Trustee John McCoy," Forgey said. "Since 1981, Mr. McCoy has demonstrated unwavering loyalty by serving on numerous board committees and instilling good corporate governance."

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