Keith Trent, retiring Community Hospital Anderson vice president and chief Foundation officer, was presented with the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash award on Thursday, May 28 at a retirement reception held in his honor. State Representative Terri Austin presented the award, which was signed by Governor Mike Pence.
The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is the highest distinction in Indiana by the state governor. The award is distinguished by "humanity in living, loyalty in friendship, wisdom in council, and inspiration in leadership."
"I have been fortunate to work with Keith for many years during our time at Community Hospital Anderson," said Beth Tharp, Community Anderson president and CEO. "There is no one more deserving of this great honor. His commitment to our community is unmatched. He has made such an amazing impact on Community Hospital Anderson and the people in our community. We are really going to miss him."
Keith came to Anderson in 1977 to work at Community Hospital Anderson, where he has since served in many positions over the past 37 years including business office manager, director of materials management, director of human resources, director of marketing and community relations and most recently vice president/Chief Foundation Officer. His last day at Community Hospital Anderson was Friday, May 29.
During his time in Anderson, Keith has also served in many community volunteer positions including United Way of Madison County (board chair and campaign chair), Leadership Academy of Madison County (board chair), Paramount Theatre (board chair), Paramount Theatre Festival of Trees Gala Committee, Character Counts! of Madison County (board chair), Community Home Health Services, Mental Health Association of Madison County (board chair), Rotary Club of Anderson (president), Little 500 Festival Committee, Chamber of Commerce of Anderson and Madison County (board chair). Keith was also instrumental in creating Community Hospital Anderson’s annual Coats of Caring program, which is in its 15th year and provides over 1000 coats each year to children and adults in Madison County. Keith has also volunteered with many area programs including Buddy Bags, a weekend meal program for at risk elementary school students, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way Operation Weatherization and more.
Keith has also received several awards while volunteering. He has received the following honors: 2003 Little 500 Festival Volunteer of the Year, 2004 The Herald Bulletin Person of the Year, 2005 Servant Leader Award from the Leadership Academy of Madison County, 2006 Elmo Funk Ideal of Service Award from the Anderson Rotary Club, 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Madison County and the 2011 Distinguished Citizen Award from Boy Scouts of America.
Keith and his wife, Mary attend Madison Park Church of God, where Keith helps with valet parking on Sundays and church dinners on Wednesday nights. He has served as church treasurer, member of the church council and on the Madison Park Board of Directors.
Keith and Mary have three children: Carrie, Curt, and Collin, as well as three grandchildren, Cate, Amelia, and Thatcher. When Keith is not working or volunteering, he enjoys golf, exercise, anything with his family and the occasional trip to Siesta Key, Florida.