Officials with Van Diest Medical Center have announced that Palmer Schneider, hospital CEO, has decided not to continue on in his administrative position at the local hospital with the recent approval of the management contract with Mercy Health Network.
The new management contract, approved last week by the board of trustees, requires that the CEO?be employed by the Mercy Health Network.
Schneider has worked in a variety of different capacities at the hospital since the joining the staff in 1979. During his tenure with the hospital, Schneider served as director of finance, interim administrator, corporate compliance officer, chief financial officer and most recently as administrator since 2003.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, hospital officials said Schneider, "brought a wealth of financial experience to his role as administrator and the hospital benefited in operational excellence with his counsel and expertise." The statement also said one the most significant achievements during his years of leadership was the completion of the $33 million new hospital and the opening of Van Diest Medical Center in September 2010.
The statement further praised Schneider's "leadership, sound judgement, professional experience, reputation and financial expertise" which helped the hospital meet the challenges facing rural hospitals.
"The board of trustees wants to express its gratitude for the countless contributions he made to our county hospital," the statement continued. "Palmer's vision and experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, management information systems and corporate compliance will be missed."
Board Chairman Carroll Ose said that Robert Mason, MBA, FACMPE, has been named as the interim CEO effective immediately.
"With more than 24 years of executive-level health care management experience, Bob will provide progressive leadership during this transition period," Ose said.
The search for the new CEO for Van Diest Medical Center will begin in the coming weeks, officials said.