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Mason assumes role as interim CEO at VDMC

Hospital officials say search for administrator to begin soon

November 21, 2012
Anne Blankenship - Managing Editor ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Van Diest Medical Center's board of trustees met Tuesday night for its first regular session meeting with newly-appointed interim CEO Bob Mason.

Mason was appointed to the position last week after it was announced that former administrator Palmer Schneider would not continue on in his position following the signing of the new management contract with Mercy Health Network. The contract calls for the administrator to be an employee of Mercy Health Network.

Mason comes to VDMC from Mercy Clinical Laboratory where he spent the past two years serving as liaison between MCL outreach clinics, network hospitals and nursing homes, promoting laboratory services and expanding the outreach program. Prior to joining MCL, Mason spent 11 years as president and CEO of Genesis Enterprises, providing consulting services and filling clinic and hospital administrator assignments on a contractual basis. Mason also spent more than 12 years serving as director and vice president of Mercy Family Care Network at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa.

"I have spent as much time as I can trying to familiarize myself with the physical plant. I've met with medical staff, board members, department heads and managers," Mason said. "I've been very impressed with the conversations that I've had with the people that I've met. There are a lot of good people here."

Hospital officials said the search for a new CEO will begin in the coming weeks.

Audit approved

The board of trustees approved the hospital's 2010-2011 audit report. At the last meeting, Kevin Morey from the audit firm BKD presented the results of the audit, presented the results of the audit. He told the board members that the hospital received an unqualified audit opinion.

The board unanimously approved the audit. Trustees Henry Witt and John Hemingway were not present at Tuesday's meeting.

Trustees Nancy Dermand and George Heller will serve as the nominating committee for the board. They were appointed by Chairman Carroll Ose and were asked to provide a slate of officers at the December meeting. The election of board officers will occur at the January meeting.

The trustees also approved the change signature cards at the hospital's financial institutions. Schneider's name will be removed and Mason's name will be added. Trustee Steve Mourlam questioned why an interim official would be added to the signature card. Chief Financial Officer Alice Heinrichs said it was back up measure, in case she was not available. The measure passed with Dermand, Ose and Don Bottorff voting in favor. Mourlam and Heller cast no votes.

Capital requests in the amount of $7,500 were approved for the purchase of two mobile computer carts needed for the surgery department and emergency room.



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