Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Bishop has announced his upcoming retirement from Harney District Hospital (HDH).
He will leave his position with HDH in August 2015, just shy of 15 years of service to the hospital as both the chief financial officer (CFO) and CEO.
Over the last five years, the Harney County Health District Board of Directors and HDH administration have developed a succession plan, which provides an organized approach to filling open positions with qualified candidates. This plan allows current HDH employees to bolster their education through district-sponsored trainings and tuition support, and develops a process for recruiting external candidates. Both approaches provide assistance in filling open HDH positions with existing or new staff.
The CEO is the only HDH position that is hired by, and reports directly to, the Health District Board. The board has already contracted with an advisor who is well-versed in Oregon’s rural hospitals to facilitate the planning process for recruiting this important position.
A strong health district is valuable to our community, not only in terms of economic benefit and employment opportunities, but also in ensuring that top-quality healthcare is readily available in our remote area.
HDH has seen much growth under Bishop’s leadership. Among other accomplishments, the new HDH facility was built and moved into; 24/7 general and emergency surgical coverage is now the norm; a new electronic health record (EHR) system has been installed; the Swing Bed, Infusion Clinic, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Sleep Study programs were developed; and HDH Family Care and HDH Physical Therapy became departments of the hospital.
The CEO Recruiting Committee consists of three board members, two administrators, one physician, and two members of the public, in addition to the advisor. Recruiting, preliminary interviews, and reference checks will take place throughout the remainder of this year, with final candidate interviews and board selection in early 2015.