History

Dr. Harrison Alexander, a Derry dentist, died during the Great Depression leaving money and land to the Town of Derry for the purpose of creating a community hospital. In 1930, a group of public-spirited citizens organized the Alexander Hospital Corporation as a New Hampshire non-profit corporation. The Alexander Hospital Corporation became Trustee of Dr. Alexander’s will, and began the effort toward establishing a community hospital.

In 1933 Mrs. Charles Hood donated her ancestral home (built by her grandfather, Benjamin Eastman) to the community hospital effort. At that time, the Alexander Hospital Corporation began doing business as the Alexander Eastman Hospital.

In 1934 The Hospital began serving the Derry community, and continued its operations for the next 48 years. Funding for hospital equipment was largely supported by the use of funds from the Dr. Alexander trust and by other community donations.

In the 1960s the community identified the need to expand and upgrade the facility. The town of Derry donated Dr. Alexander’s land for a new hospital site, and the Alexander Eastman Hospital’s supporters raised money in the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Chester and Sandown; eventually constructing a new 37 bed hospital on Birch Street in Derry.

In 1983, The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), a for-profit health care corporation, sought to acquire the Alexander Eastman Hospital. The Alexander Eastman Foundation amended and restated its charter to allow the hospital to be sold, renamed and expanded as Parkland Medical Center.

The proceeds of the sale of the Alexander Eastman Hospital, in addition to accumulated gifts and bequests of individuals and businesses whose earlier support demonstrated their interest in the health care needs of the community, are now held as charitable assets by the Alexander Eastman Foundation in order to benefit residents in the communities from which patients of the Alexander Eastman Hospital were drawn.

In addition to the charitable assets that resulted from the sale of the Alexander Eastman Hospital, the Foundation continues to benefit from testamentary trusts established by Dr. Harrison Alexander, Leon P. Widger and Charles and Jessie Brooks.

In operating the Foundation, Trustees are guided by the concerns which motivated those donors and the founders of the Alexander Eastman Hospital. Grants and scholarship assistance are provided to promote good health and well-being for residents of the greater Derry area and to improve the quality and availability of health care in the community.

Community Incorporators
The Foundation has a membership of up to 100 incorporators who work and/or reside in the greater Derry area. Incorporators are volunteers who bring interesting community health projects to the attention of the Foundation and gather annually in the Spring to meet grantees and learn about health care issues and policy in New Hampshire.

If you are interested in volunteering as an Incorporator, please contact the board chair.

Trustees

A board of up to sixteen trustees is elected at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting by the Incorporators and has responsibility for the management of the Foundation and for decisions on grant and scholarship awards. The current Trustees are: 

Mr. David McPherson, Chairman of the Board 

Resident of Derry 

Dr. Angela Currie, PhD, Vice Chair of the Board 

Resident of Chester 

Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents 

Mr. Thomas Hosey, Treasurer 

Resident of Chester 

Enterprise Bank 

Mr. Joshua Bourdon 

Resident of Derry 

Ms. Melanie Davis 

Resident of Derry 

The Grind Rail Trail Café 

Dr. Matthew Hajduk 

Resident of Derry 

Elliot Pediatrics at Windham 

Ms. Jill Hartmann 

Resident of Chester 

SAU 24/Hartmann Learning Center 

Mr. Bill Lonergan 

Resident of Chester 

Litchfield Campbell High School, Principal 

Dr. Christopher Peterson, MD 

Resident of Derry 

Londonderry Pediatrics 

Ms. Alyssa Pockell, Esq. 

Resident of Chester 

Pockell Law Office, PLLC 

Ms. Rebecca Sanborn 

Resident of Derry 

Sanborn Corporate Training Solutions 

Mr. George Sioras 

Resident of Derry 

Town of Derry