West Palm Beach, Fla. (July 23, 2009) - St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) has announced that Governor Charlie Crist appointed Don Chester to the Florida Rehabilitation Council. Chester is an assistant administrator at the hospital.
“This new position will give me the opportunity to take everything I have learned throughout my life, in this community and at St. Mary's, and use that knowledge to assist others,” said Chester. “I am honored and excited to begin this new role.”
The Florida Rehabilitation Council is committed to increasing employment, enhancing independence, and improving the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities by evaluation, planning and the coordination of services.
At SMMC, Chester is responsible for Pastoral Care, Community Relations and Government Relations. He is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for several organizations including the Quantum House, Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and the Palm Beach County Community Health Alliance.
Among his many awards, Chester has received the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida Humanitarian Award, the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award and was selected as an Honorary Chairman for The ABLE Trust “Bridge Buster Run” in 2009. Chester is also a passionate advocate for people with spinal cord injuries and for service dogs.
Chester resides in West Palm Beach.