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5/9/2016 12:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 5/9/2016 4:20:36 PM CENTRAL
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Chris Wibbenmeyer Promoted to VP of Operations/COO of Perry County Health System

Chris Wibbenmeyer has been promoted from VP of Support Services to VP of Operations/Chief Operating Officer effective May 9, 2016.  Chris joined Perry County Memorial Hospital in 1996 as a Radiologic Technologist after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  In 1998, he was promoted to Director of Radiology with the retirement of the then director, Kenneth Killian, who had led the department nearly from its inception in the 1950s.  Chris continued his education and earned a Master’s in Business Administration in 2008 from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. 

With a need to develop and effectively rebuild PCMH’s Human Resources department, Chris was promoted to Associate Vice President of Support Services and Human Resources in 2009.  He continued to oversee Radiology and was assigned additional management duties such as overseeing Physical Therapy and handling various special projects as assigned by the CEO.

He continued developing his credentials by successfully completing the coursework and leadership requirements for membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and in 2012, he was inducted into ACHE as a Fellow.  Fellowship in ACHE is the relative equivalency of being board certified in Healthcare Leadership in the US.  This designation is granted only by the American College of Healthcare Executives, the most recognized professional society, worldwide, in the field of healthcare and hospital administration. 

“With the resignation of Lee Clinton, PCMH’s former VP of Operations/COO, in April 2016, Chris was found qualified and duly prepared to assume this new role.  Mr. Clinton recently accepted the CEO duties at Titusville Community Hospital, Titusville, PA,” stated Patrick Carron, President and CEO of Perry County Health System.

“Chris has stepped up to many new and challenging responsibilities at PCMH over the last 10 years, and has successfully managed those duties in a skillful and competent manner.  He has become respected and trusted by our hospital staff and leadership, and is well respected by the larger Perry County community,” Carron stated.  “I count myself fortunate to have had such solid leadership colleagues here at PCMH, and Chris is considered one of my “heavy lifters” with regard to tackling new challenges.  Most importantly, he supports a corporate culture of accountability, competency, and respect,” Carron stated.  “Overall, the board has recognized Chris’ talent and have soundly endorsed him in this succession plan.”

PCMH is beginning the recruitment of a director level leader to assume some of the duties created in the vacuum of this leadership transition.  “I am considering a range of qualifications from healthcare operations to human resources,” Carron acknowledged.  “We are in need of a management level professional and have the flexibility to consider persons with either an operational or HR background.  Given the experience and well roundedness of our senior leadership team, we are fortunate to be in a position to search out the person who creates the best fit.  Our leadership team can respond to a varying “delegation of duties” structure, and can be quite flexible relative to the qualifications of a new leader.  Important to PCMH is a leader who best compliments our culture and demonstrates the greatest potential to lead,” Carron stated.  To learn more about PCMH and this career opportunity, visit www.pchmo.org.

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