WATERLOO, Iowa-Pamela K. Delagardelle has been named president and CEO of Allen Health System, effective January 1, 2013. She will succeed Tom Tibbitts, who will retire December 31, 2012.
Delagardelle is an experienced Iowa Health System executive. She is the first woman and the first nurse to lead Allen as president and CEO. She has been CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center since 2003, an affiliate of Allen Health System. She also serves as clinical adoption executive for the Iowa Health System Epic computerized order entry conversion now in progress.
Prior to her appointment as CEO of Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Delagardelle worked at Allen Hospital and Allen College in Waterloo and St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids from 2000-2003. She held five management positions with Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo from 1988-1999. She began her career as a charge nurse at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls and as a staff nurse at Schoitz Hospital in Waterloo from 1983-1986.
Pamela K. Delagardelle has been named president and CEO of Allen Health System, effective January 1, 2013.
Delagardelle holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, and a master of science in nursing administration from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She is a registered nurse with current licensure.
Grundy County Memorial Hospital has had remarkable growth of facilities, staff and patients under Delagardelle's leadership. The hospital completed a $6 million outpatient expansion in 2006 and opened a $13.5 million inpatient facility and $5 million medical office in 2010. Delagardelle recruited 117 new specialists and primary-care physicians to the hospital and increased the hospital workforce from 90 to 220 employees to accommodate growth in patient volume and market share.
Grundy County Memorial Hospital has earned multiple awards for quality of care, safety and patient satisfaction during Delagardelle's tenure. The awards include:
2012 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Patient Safety Award in Leadership and Culture of Safety
2012 and 2011 Modern Healthcare 100 Best Places to Work
2012 National Rural Health Association Top 20 Critical Access Hospital
2012, 2011 and 2010 Press Ganey Summit Award for Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department
2010 and 2009 Press Ganey Summit Award for Patient Satisfaction for Outpatient Services
2012, 2011 and 2009 Cedar Valley Top 20 Employers of Choice Award
2011 Iowa Healthy Community Award
2011, 2010 and 2009 Quality First Awards
2009 Grundy Center Business of the Year
2009 and 2008 Gold Standard Performing Critical Access Hospital
Delagardelle's professional awards include the 2008 Iowa Hospital Association Excellence in Leadership Award, presented each year to one Iowa hospital administrator for outstanding commitment, dedication and inspirational leadership. She also earned the 2012 Mount Mercy University Distinguished Service Award for service to community. She is active in 18 community organizations.
Delagardelle was chosen from a pool of experienced hospital executives during a search process conducted over the past six months. She will serve in her current roles through December and assume leadership of Allen Health System on January 1, 2013.