The Ottumwa Courier

February 6, 2014

Christensen one of "50 CEOs to Know"

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OSKALOOSA — Mahaska Health Partnership CEO Jay Christensen has been named one of the “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know” by Becker Hospital Review.

According to the publication, CEOs named on this list have shown a commitment to providing high-quality and accessible care to rural patient populations. Leaders from across the country were chosen based on a variety of factors, including awards received, leadership positions held and their organization’s recent performance.

Christensen has been the CEO at MHP since 1999. He has been active in community and civic organizations throughout his career and is a past president of the Oskaloosa Area Chamber Development Group Board. He has also been a member of the Mahaska Community Development Group since its inception in 2006 and remains heavily involved with youth activities in the community. Christensen served on the board of the Iowa Hospital Association from 2002-09 and served as chair from 2007-08.

MHP Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Swenson said the board is happy to see Christensen recognized for his contributions.

“Jay has provided outstanding leadership in expanding the accessibility and quality of health care offered to Mahaska County residents,” Swenson said. “Our facilities have been expanded, many new services offered and many new health care providers have been recruited to our community as a result of Jay’s efforts. He is well deserving of this recognition.”

Some of Christensen’s most recent accomplishments as CEO include the opening of the MHP’s new patient care wing in September 2013, which houses new Inpatient, Birthing Center and Surgical Services. In order to create a stronger health care system in Mahaska County, he helped facilitate the integration of Family Medical Center with MHP to form a unified medical group. Christensen has also added numerous providers to the MHP Medical Staff roster and continues to make new technology accessible for patient care in Mahaska County.

“I am honored to be mentioned alongside other CEOs on this list,” shared Christensen. “I take the role of MHP in this community very seriously, and I have a great team of physicians, providers, nurses and other health care professionals and staff working with me to assure that MHP continues striving to provide the highest quality health care services possible. Our goal is to make health care personal for our patients, visitors and friends.”