MACOMB — A 35-year professional administrator was hired Monday to be the interim chief executive officer of McDonough District Hospital.
The board of directors voted unanimously to hire Brian Dietz, recently the interim CEO of the Baptist Health Center in Enid, Oklahoma. Prior to his one-year stint there, Dietz served for four years as CEO at St. Francis Healthcare in Wilmington, Delaware.
Board Chairman Dr. Rick Iverson said Dietz was one of three candidates recommended to MDH by the search firm B.E. Smith. From 2006 through 2011, Dietz served as interim CEO at five hospitals after being recommended as a finalist by B.E. Smith. One of those hospitals was Blessing Hospital in Quincy where he served one year from 2008 to 2009. Dietz will begin work on June 22, the same day that outgoing CEO Kenny Boyd will leave MDH.
Following the vote to hire Dietz, board members heard a presentation from the Chicago consulting firm Juniper Advisory. The meeting had been relocated from the board room to an auditorium in one of the health services buildings so physicians and hospital staff members could attend. Boyd said the presentation was a followup to an April board retreat with the Juniper consultants. Jordan Shields of the Chicago firm said he met with 35 MDH department leaders earlier Monday.
The presentation dealt with options for the future for MDH. "The balance sheet is pretty strong," Shields said, "but you need new funds to grow....This seems to be a good time to explore options because you're doing well." He suggested to the hospital board a 36-week timeline in which to try out some ideas.
But Iverson said the Juniper presentation is only food for thought at this time. "Our first responsibilty as a board is to hire a permanent chief executive," he said. "Only after that will we get into specifics of what they've shown us this evening."
The board chairman called attention to a map showing the Macomb area surrounded by OSF Healthcare, Unity Point Health, Blessing Health System, and three Springfield-based healthcare systems. "Everyone around us is trying to take business from us," Iverson said. "Kenny (Boyd) saw what was happening months ago." He said that led to Juniper Advisory being hired as a consultant to the MDH board.

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