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Public reception for new Washington County Hospital president

Washington County residents are cordially invited to a “meet and greet” social gathering for Brian Monsma, the new Washington County Hospital (WCH) president, on Friday, October 12, from 11:30am-1:30pm at The Studio (153 South Kaskaskia Street) in Nashville.

Attendees can enjoy food, refreshments, and an opportunity to get to know Brian and welcome him to the community.

This event is free and open to the general public.

Monsma began his tenure as president at WCH on Monday, September 17, and brings a progressive 23-year health care executive leadership career encompassing acute care, medical group, and accountable care organization settings.

Most notably, Monsma’s background includes executive leadership positions in rural/municipal hospitals within the Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City, IA) network:

  • From 2001-2005, he served as Administrator/CEO, Hawarden Community Hospital (Hawarden, IA) – a 25-bed hospital and Provider Based Rural Health Clinic.
  • And since early 2018, he has served as Interim CEO, Pender Community Hospital (Pender, NE) – providing executive oversight that encompasses a critical access hospital (similar to Washington County Hospital), long term care facilities and medical clinics.

 

Monsma holds two graduate degrees from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA): a Master of Arts, Hospital and Health Administration; and a Master of Business Administration. Monsma also received a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, from Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO). Additionally, he holds memberships in the Medical Group Management Association and in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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WCH Auxiliary 2018 Quilt Raffle

Washington County Hospital 2018 Quilt Raffle. Please see an Auxiliary member, The Lattice Garden gift shop, or the Auxiliary Thrift Shop for tickets. Drawing will be held at the Christmas Boutique on November 13th, 2018.

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WCH Auxiliary Book Fair

Join Washington County Hospital Auxiliary on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 for the annual book fair. This will be located in the lower lever conference rooms from 9am-4pm. 

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Parkinson Support Group Meeting

Friday, September 28th there will be a Parkinson Support Group Meeting at Washington County Hospital.  The meeting will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Rooms.  Helena Quaid will be facilitating this meeting.  The Parkinson Support Group is for individuals and their families that have been affected by Parkinson Disease.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues and ideas for this group.  Keith Doehring, PHARM D will be at the meeting to help answer any questions in regards to Parkinson Disease and its medication options.  We hope to see you there.  If you have any questions please contact Helena at 618-493-6064.

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Brian Monsma named president of Washington County Hospital

Washington County Hospital and SSM Health in Southern Illinois have announced Brian Monsma has accepted the position of President at Washington County Hospital. Mr. Monsma’s first day in his new position will be Monday, September 17th. Monsma will be an SSM Health employee and have a dual reporting structure to the Board of Directors of Washington County Hospital and to Kerry Swanson, Regional President, SSM Health in Southern Illinois.

 

Monsma possesses a progressive 23-year health care executive leadership career encompassing acute care, medical group, and accountable care organization settings.

Most notably, Monsma’s background includes executive leadership positions in rural/municipal hospitals within the Mercy Medical Center (Sioux City, IA) network:

  • From 2001-2005, he served as Administrator/CEO, Hawarden Community Hospital (Hawarden, IA) – a 25-bed hospital and Provider Based Rural Health Clinic.
  • And since early 2018, he has served as Interim CEO, Pender Community Hospital (Pender, NE) – providing executive oversight that encompasses a critical access hospital (similar to Washington County Hospital), long term care facilities and medical clinics.

 

Monsma is excited to join Washington County Hospital and lead its health care mission serving the residents of Washington County. “My goal is to leverage all opportunities available to Washington County Hospital to make it stronger despite challenges we encounter as health care continually changes,” Monsma says. “Our partnership with and the support of SSM Health, and just as important, the staff and leadership of Washington County Hospital, are vital assets that bring me to Nashville to be part of this team.”

Monsma holds two graduate degrees from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA): a Master of Arts, Hospital and Health Administration; and a Master of Business Administration. Monsma also received a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, from Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO). Additionally, he holds memberships in the Medical Group Management Association and in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Washington County Hospital and SSM Health in Southern Illinois will sponsor a “meet and greet” reception in the coming weeks giving Washington County residents an opportunity to meet Monsma.

Mr. Monsma succeeds Nancy Newby following her 21 year tenure of dedicated service to Washington County Hospital (WCH).

Newby was recruited to join Washington County Hospital as Chief Nurse Executive in 1997. Three years later, she became CEO. Newby’s leadership has been integral in ensuring that WCH’s operations remained committed to sustaining its health care mission to all residents of Washington County –including her collaborative work in building a strong relationship between WCH and SSM Health.

As planned, Nancy will be retiring after the completion of a brief transitional period with Mr. Monsma.

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