---- — OTTUMWA — Ottumwa Regional Health Center didn't have far to go in finding its new CEO. He had been overseeing things since early last month.
Phil Noel took over as interim CEO following the resignation of Phil Dionne. RegionalCare Hospital Partners, ORHC's parent company, characterized the departure as a mutual decision.
Noel spent a decade as Baptist Health System's chief operating officer in San Antonio, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Citadel.
Dr. Ted Haas, the hospital board's chairman, said Noel's time as interim director made it clear the hospital had its next leader already in house.
"Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that he is the right man to lead this hospital forward. His commitments to high-quality patient care, developing a strong culture of compassion and caring, and the growth of hospital services is impressive. It was the unanimous decision of our board that Phil is the right guy,” said Haas.
Noel said he has spent the past five weeks getting to grips with the challenges of health care in southeast Iowa and believes ORHC can meet them.
"Our job at the hospital is to provide compassionate care, offer a high level of clinical services and work hard to provide peace of mind to our friends and neighbors when they come to us at challenging times," he said. "I am confident that ORHC will rise to the challenge and be a hospital that our community can be proud of."