History

Dr. Harrison Alexander, a Derry dentist, died in 1919, 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, Hampstead, 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 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.

Trustees

A board of up to sixteen trustees has responsibility for the management of the Foundation and for decisions on grant and scholarship awards. The current Trustees are: 

Susan Linehan, RN,BSN, Chair of the Board 

Resident of Derry, NH 

Dr. Angela Currie, Vice Chair of the Board 

Resident of Chester, NH 

Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents 

Mr. Craig Bulkley, Treasurer 

Resident of Auburn, NH 

Ms. Courtney Bogaert, Secretary

Resident of Manchester, NH

Town of Derry

Mr. Joshua Bourdon 

Resident of Derry, NH 

Ms. Melanie Davis 

Resident of Derry, NH 

The Grind Rail Trail Café 

Mr. Thomas Hosey

Resident of Chester, NH

Enterprise Bank of Derry & Londonderry

Mr. Bill Lonergan 

Resident of Chester, NH

Ms. Rebecca Sanborn , J.D.

Resident of Derry, NH 

Sanborn Corporate Training Solutions 

Mr. George Sioras 

Resident of Derry, NH 

Town of Derry 

Laurie Warnock

Resident of Hampstead, NH