(Neb)-Chadron Comm Hospital Says Goodbye To CEO Listen
Staff of Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services said thank you and goodbye Wednesday to CEO Anna Turman, who is leaving after nearly 18 years to become a regional chief information officer in the Omaha area for a major non-profit hospital-health care provider.
Turman says that when she moved to the Chadron area with her husband, Hay Springs native Ryan Turman, her background was in graphic design and she had no experience in the health care field, much less any idea it would become her career.
Turman's first job with Chadron Community was answering phones at Western Community Health Resources, but she soon was hired as Chief Information Officer in 2001. She became Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and succeeded Harold Krueger as CEO in February of last year.
Turman says her new job "sort of fell into her lap" and offered new challenges and the chance to move much closer to her family, especially her sister. Those facts didn't make the decision to leave Chadron Community any easier.
Turman's feelings about her coworkers were evident at yesterday's reception when she teared up several times, especially when presented with an engraved copy of one of her favorite sayings by Warren Buffett.
The reception also showed those feelings are mutual. Lea Griese, Director of Marketing and Public Relations dating back before Turman's promotion to COO, says it's been a treat working with and for her.
Turman already has a house in the Omaha area and will be moving at the end of next week. Her immediatel successor in Chadron will be Alan Gamble, hired as interim CEO by Regional West Health Services, which provides contracted administrative services to Chadron Community.
This will be the fourth interim hospital CEO assignment in the Panhandle for Gamble, who lives in Alabama. He's filled in at Regional West Garden County and twice at Gordon Memorial Hospital, most recently earlier this year.
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