Bushee, Echols and Vega added to St. Mary’s Wall of Fame
HUNTINGTON —St. Mary’s Medical Center will add three new names to the St. Mary’s Wall of Fame during its annual Wall of Fame Luncheon Friday, Dec. 14 at Noon at the Guyan Golf & Country Club, 5450 U.S. Route 60 East, Huntington.
Joining the Wall of Fame are: Sister Diane Bushee, the late William J. Echols, MD, and the late Elmer Teofilo Vega, MD.
Sister Diane Bushee has served more than 62 years as a Pallottine Missionary Sister and almost 60 years at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Serving in a number of leadership roles at St. Mary’s over the years, Sister Diane is currently the Vice President for Mission Integration, making her the voice of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.
William J. Echols, MD, one of the founders of HIMG, provided many firsts for cardiology in Huntington. He started the cardiac rehabilitation programs at the Huntington YMCA, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Cabell Huntington Hospital. Dr. Echols also developed the echocardiology, vascular duplex studies, and nuclear cardiology programs at HIMG and St. Mary’s and was very active with the Marshall University School of Medicine.
Elmer Teofilo Vega, MD, helped establish the first anesthesia group in Huntington and also helped pioneer St. Mary’s open-heart surgery program. Known for his calming influence in the operating room, Dr. Vega served as the chief of anesthesia at St. Mary’s for 25 years and was instrumental in founding Marshall’s medical school.
The St. Mary’s Wall of Fame recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in carrying out St. Mary’s mission by providing quality care and service to the community. For more information, visit www.st-marysfoundation.org.