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Dr. S.E. Rubio Remembered at Salem Hospital Meeting

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Dr. S.E. Rubio was remembered by the Salem Township Hospital Board Wednesday afternoon with a moment of silence.  Board Chair Dick Haney asked for the time to remember the doctor who has helped shape the hospital for the past 50 years.   Haney says if he had to pick a single person who has most influenced the hospital during that time frame it would have to be Dr. Rubio.

"It's a tremendous loss not only for our hospital, but also for the entire community.  Dr. Rubio was a giant as far as this hospital was concerned.  His legacy will be very, very difficult to achieve.  Anyone who knew him he put patients and health care in this hospital first.  He gave up his time and his money.  He did everything to help this hospital.  I consider it an honor for him to call me his friend", said Haney.  

In addition to his role as a physician, Dr. Rubio has served on the hospital board for more than a decade.  Haney said Dr. Rubio was responsible for the decision to bring in specialists from hospitals throughout the region to the Hale Clinic as well as the decision to add a diabetic educator and nurse.  Hospital President Stephanie Hilton-Siebert said Dr. Rubio has given the hospital a great foundation.

"He's been a true pilar for the hospital and I think what he's done in the community has been far reaching.  We talked to several people in the community and either he has been their physician or has been a physician for one of their family members.  In looking at the commitment, his leadership and his guidance that he has given to this organization has been outstanding.  He is already missed", said Hilton-Siebert.

Hilton-Siebert says the hospital will continue Dr. Rubio's vision of what the hospital should be.   Dr. Rubio escaped his native Cuba when Fidel Castro took over.  After completing medical training in the U.S, Dr. Rubio first came to Kinmundy and later moved his practice to Salem.  

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