William Strickland

Bayhealth Elects Board Members and Officers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 |

Bayhealth’s Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders with diverse expertise and talents. This all-volunteer group devotes a substantial amount of time in directing Bayhealth’s organizational strategic plans and goals to meet the needs of our growing community.

Bayhealth is pleased to announce the appointment of its officers for the 2019-2020 term:

  • Chair William J. Strickland
  • Vice Chair Sharad C. Patel, MD
  • Vice Chair Jeffrey A. Young, Esq.
  • President and Bayhealth Chief Executive Officer Terry M. Murphy, FACHE
  • Secretary Rebecca B. Kidner, Esq.
  • Treasurer and Bayhealth Chief Financial Officer Michael J. Tretina


Gertrude Findley-Christian MD

Board members also re-elected Strickland to a new four-year term, and elected Gertrude Findley-Christian, MD, to a four-year term. Dr. Findley-Christian is a board certified nephrologist with Nephrology Associates, P.A., a single-specialty practice focusing on the care of patients with kidney disease and hypertension, and she is on the medical staff at Bayhealth. She received her medical degree at the University of Liberia’s College of Medicine and completed a residency and internship at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Strickland is the president and principal of L&W Insurance Agency in Dover, one of the largest independent agencies in Delaware. He has worked in the insurance business for more than 25 years, with a primary focus on employee benefits. Strickland chaired the Campaign for Bayhealth – Phase III, which raised funds for the Sussex Campus, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kent & Sussex Industries, Wesley College and Kent County Regional Sports Complex Corporation.

Bayhealth acknowledges the commitments these and other board members have made by regularly contributing their time and resources to improve the health of our surrounding communities.

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