NEWPORT — Recently family, friends and colleagues gathered by North Country Hospital’s wood chip facility to remember Scott Perkins and the many contributions he made during his tenure.
Perkins began working at the hospital when he was 16-years-old and worked his way up the ladder to become second in command in the facilities department over the course of 28 years, until his untimely death last year at the age of 44.
Claudio Fort, President & CEO, spoke about how Perkins was so widely respected, not just for his knowledge and abilities, but for how approachable, insightful and always helpful he was.
“Scott was a compelling example of a servant-leader, even leading from home or his hospital bed on his laptop when his failing health didn’t allow him to physically be at work,” Fort said.
His colleagues in the Facilities Department felt there should be a way to remember him for his longstanding contributions to North Country Hospital.
They designed a plaque and felt the new wood-chip facility would be a fitting place to locate it, as Scott was very involved in the history of the site.
The biomass facility project was championed by former VP Larry Labor, who worked for several years to convince the Board of Trustees to make this investment.
One of his last major projects during his tenure at North Country Hospital was to help design and oversee the construction of the new bin.
Perkins and his contributions to North Country Hospital will long be remembered.