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Nacogdoches Memorial employees honor former CEO’s legacy with healthy living

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Saturday morning Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital employees and members of the community started their day off with a run, remembering the life of a leader devoted to the community's health.

Hospital CEO Tim Hayward died in January and hospital officials say the Memorial 5k is way to honor his legacy.

"We're doing this in his memory because he was committed to wellness for our hospital and for our community that we would embrace healthy lifestyles," said Kinnie Douglas, Program Coordinator, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.

At the beginning of the New Year hospital employees began a couch to 5k training program to get them ready for the run.

Program coordinator Kinnie Douglas says Hayward would be excited and motivated to see the staff setting an example of healthy living.

"At any level you could start and whether you walk it or run it, it's just a good way to get that physical activity in," said Douglas.

Medical Staff Service Manager Lachanda Maxie says they are celebrating a life and motivating each other in the process.

"I normally don't get up this early so to be out here is a testament to what Tim meant to me because he was a very great leader and a great motivator," said Maxie.

 This is the first year for the run and Douglas says it's their way of taking everything they've learned from Hayward and educating the community.

 "He was a person that instilled good morals and beliefs for our people," said Douglas.

 And those are the qualities the hospital staff is committed to continue to ensure Hayward's legacy lives on.

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