Palomar Health Foundation has named retired cardiologist G. Douglas Moir, MD, to its board of directors for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021.
Dr. Moir has a long affiliation with Palomar Health, having previously served nine years on the Palomar Health Foundation board and four years on the Palomar Health Board of Directors, which oversees the healthcare district and its hospitals in Escondido and Poway.
As a former Foundation board member and chair, Moir rallied community support for the development of Palomar Medical Center Escondido, which was approved by voters in a 2004 bond measure. In the 1980s, he and his wife, Margaret, helped created Rx Pets, a pet therapy program now known as Palomar Paws that is a model for hospitals across the US.
Dr. Moir has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations that seek to improve life in North County. He is a former Director of California Center for the Arts, Escondido and a past chairman of the City of Escondido’s Parks and Recreation Commission and Downtown Revitalization Committee. He was honored by North County Philanthropy Council for his outstanding commitment to the community with the Robert Krejci Standard of Excellence Award in 2018.
Dr. Moir opened his cardiology practice in Escondido in 1975, serving the community for more than 40 years before retiring. He is a board-certified internist in the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular disease and earned his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Moir is going to continue working for a better healthcare system and a healthier community through his service on the Foundation board,” Wayne Herron, Palomar Health vice president of philanthropy & chief philanthropy officer, said. “His leadership will be a tremendous asset in increasing our philanthropic support for Palomar Health.”
Other directors currently serving on the Palomar Health Foundation board are: Nelly Bulkin, Kirk Effinger, Jon C. Frandell, Pauline Gourdie, Harvey Hershkowitz, Dr. Osman Khawar, Charles “Andy” Mathews, Tom Oeschger, Jason Polk, Dr. Jaime Rivas, Tishmall Turner, David Wilson and Kim Young.
Directors represent a wide variety of backgrounds, industries and communities in North County and play a critical role in raising funds for Palomar Health’s most pressing needs. The board regularly evaluates its composition to ensure its volunteer directors have the right skills and experience to further the work of the foundation.
The foundation’s current fundraising priorities include the Physician Quarters and Conference Center of the Future, which will provide resting space for on-call doctors and meeting space at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, and support for Palomar Health’s COVID-19 response.