Three years after he took over as president of the board of trustees for Memorial Hospital, Dennis Stone figuratively passed the gavel to Chad Hoffman.

Three years after he took over as president of the board of trustees for Memorial Hospital, Dennis Stone figuratively passed the gavel to Chad Hoffman.

Hoffman is the president and CEO of Richwood Bank.

"This is my last one," Stone said, moments before glancing at the time and calling the regular meeting of Feb. 26 to order. "I'm starting my last meeting 15 minutes late."

Stone will continue to serve on the hospital board, but not in its leadership capacity.

"You can't smack the smile off of Denny's face," said Chip Hubbs.

Hubbs, president and CEO at the hospital, said he has worked there for 10 years and only reported to three board presidents.

"All three of them have been a great experience for me," he said.

The case was different with Stone, according to Hubbs.

"While I really appreciated the board relationship, I think I probably speak for everybody, but I feel like I made a good friend," he said of Stone.

In the last three years, Hubbs said, Stone has had a couple of big issues with which to deal and he did a great job.

Following the meeting, Hubbs said, he was not referring to any one particular incident. Instead he was referring to the role of president.

The presidency of the board encompasses more than sitting in on a meeting, according to Hubbs. He said it is hard work.

"I have enjoyed working with Chip," said Stone, "even back to the days when we had little or no cash."

Hoffman's first meeting as president will be in March.

Stone's last meeting as president was a short one with few items on the agenda.

Laurie Whittington, chief operating officer, gave an overview of the directors and officers' insurance.

Hubbs said they had never before done such a presentation, but it stemmed from questions raised by board member Neal Handler.