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Schomer named CEO after Hunger leaves

Sep 01, 2017

The Washington County Hospital and Clinics board of trustees announced today that CEO Dennis hunger has left the hospital and that Dr. Stephan Schomer was named interim Chief Executive officer during the regular board meeting on Thursday.

The search for a new CEO will begin immediately, a press release from the board said. WCHC will work with Quorum Health Resources to lead the search for the new CEO. The search is expected to be completed by the end of the new year.

“We thank Dennis for his six years of dedicated leadership,” said board president Keith Lazar in the release. “During his tenure, WCHC has grown many services including primary care clinics, cardiology, neurology, and retail pharmacy. WCHC wished Dennis and his family the best in his future endeavors.”

Lazar could not be reached for further comment this morning.

Hunger was hired as CEO in August 2011. He grew up on a farm just south of Mount Union, graduating from Winfield/Mount Union High School. Hunger went on to get an undergraduate degree in statistics from Brigham Young University before getting dual master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from the University of Iowa. He worked as an administrative resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before going to an administrative fellowship in Utah. He then worked at a small critical access hospital in Oklahoma before coming to Washington.

Dr. Schomer, a board certified Cardiologist, joined the hospital full time in 2015. He said that he grew up in southwest Iowa, graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. . He said that he farmed for three years before attending medical school at the University of Iowa. He did his residency and fellowship at the university. He went into private practice in 1993.

“It made sense,” Schomer said, of his decision to specialize in cardiology. “The organ system is much like a pump. It is a fascinating field. You have a lot of options as far as improving people’s lives and outcomes. It just kind of became a favorite. When going through training, it was the specialty I enjoyed the most.”

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