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Board Chairman J. Bryant Kittrell III named Citizen of the Year

February 21, 2020 posted by Vidant Health News

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce named J. Bryant Kittrell III, chairman of the Vidant Health Board of Directors, 2019 Citizen of the Year.

Kittrell has been a member of the Vidant Medical Center Board of Trustees since 2011 and the Vidant Health Board of Directors since 2015, where he currently serves as chairman. He also served as a member of the Vidant Health Board from 2002 to 2011 and the board chairman from 2008 to 2010.

During his years of service, Bryant has been a staunch advocate for making Greenville and Pitt County a healthier place to live, work and play. He was instrumental in helping Vidant build a heart institute, children’s hospital and cancer tower here in Greenville, which has served as a hub for high-quality care to people throughout the East. As a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties, Vidant is grateful to have strong leaders like Bryant on its boards. His expertise and experience in health care has provided our boards with a compassionate voice that is true to our mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. 

Over the past two years, while chairman of the Vidant Health Board of Directors, Bryant has been a guiding voice as we worked to address significant state-wide health care issues that would adversely affect those that we love and serve. His leadership has not only positively impacted Vidant, but all of those throughout the East who depend on access to high-quality care close to home.

Kittrell’s recognition comes a year after another Vidant Health board member, Lawrence Davenport, received recognition from the Chamber of Commerce. Davenport earned the Legends Award, which is presented to a citizen whose service to the community has been so significant in civic, economic, political, educational and/or religious activities over a sustained period of time that the history of Pitt County could not be written without their inclusion.

Davenport joined the board at Vidant Medical Center, then called Pitt County Memorial Hospital, in 1989 and served until 1998. He rejoined the board in 2011.

Davenport’s time on the board saw a great period of expansion of services provided and paved the way for what Vidant Medical Center is today.

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