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GCMH names new President and CEO

May 19, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

The Board of Commissioners of Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President & CEO. Brian Kellar has accepted the position that became available when Pam Delagardelle moved from GCMH to become the CEO of Allen Health System on January 1, 2013.

Kellar's healthcare management experience includes positions as an Assistant Administrator of a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Winner, South Dakota, and management of long term care, assisted living, and independent living facilities across a six-state region. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where he has also completed the coursework for his Master's degree in Public Administration, with a Health Services Administration emphasis. He serves as an adjunct instructor of Healthcare Administration coursework at Presentation College.

"Brian's successful leadership in a variety of healthcare settings stood out through our interview process," said Brenda Davis, Chair of the hospital Board of Commissioners. "We began our search recognizing our need for strategic leadership through what will likely be challenging years for healthcare organizations. His background and record of success in both Critical Access Hospitals, and long term care administration, fits well with the needs of our organization."

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Brian Kellar, new CEO and President of Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

Kellar was selected from a field of three finalists for the position. "He brings experience, energy, and enthusiasm, as well as a record of strong community involvement. He and his family will be an asset to our local area," said Davis. Brian and his wife, Christel, are the parents of three children. They plan to relocate to Grundy County this summer. Kellar will begin work at the local hospital in early June.

Grundy County Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with a 55-bed Long Term Care unit attached. The hospital has had remarkable growth over the past ten years in its Surgery, Specialty Clinics, Emergency, and Outpatient service areas, and has a current workforce of 215 people.

The hospital has earned multiple awards for quality of care, safety and patient satisfaction, including the 2013 and 2012 National Rural Health Association's Top 20 Critical Access Hospital; 2012 and 2011 Modern Healthcare 100 Best Places to Work; and the 2012, 2011 and 2010 Press Ganey Summit Award for Patient Satisfaction in the Emergency Department.



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