Former Enloe admin dies

Saying goodbye to retired hospital administrator James Sweeney

Retired longtime Enloe Medical Center administrator James Sweeney died Friday, July 31, at the hospital he ran for 28 years, according to an Enloe press release. He was 82.

Sweeney (pictured) ran Enloe from 1967 to 1995, and had the second-longest tenure as administrator behind hospital founder Newton Thomas Enloe. The Bay Area native led the hospital through many major transformations and milestones, including the addition of paramedic and EMT programs, Flight Care, numerous critical-care services, as well as many physical expansions to the hospital. During his time, Enloe became the regional medial center it is today, growing from 200 to 1,700 employees under his watch.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m., at the Enloe Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade.