Greene County Medical Center Board of Trustees Announces Leadership Changes


In the past two weeks, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has become a global pandemic, a national emergency, and on Tuesday, March 17, Governor Reynolds announced a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency. As the pandemic continues to affect the health care industry significantly, the Greene County Medical Center Board of Trustees is making several interim appointments to ensure critical positions are occupied by talented and qualified people able to lead the organization through challenging times.

Tracy Warner has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As the Director of Rural Health Resources for UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, the medical center's affiliation partner, Tracy is very familiar with Greene County Medical Center, having worked with the organization over the past 14 years. Tracy's knowledge of rural health care and governance issues will be a stable presence in these challenging times while recruitment for a permanent CEO continues. The Board of Trustees Search Committee, comprised of board members Bill Raney, Kim Bates, and Doug Hawn, are currently in the process of conducting video interviews with semi-finalist candidates. The timeline for completion of the search process continues to be early May.

Clinical leadership at the executive level remains a high priority for the Board, particularly during the Covid-19 outbreak. Deborah (Debbie) Saylor, MSN, RN, CENP has been named interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and will serve with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Line to provide direction for clinical areas and support medical decision-making. Debbie has experience as an executive leader, in critical care nursing, and as an adjunct instructor and in-service educator. Her background also includes leading through a Florida hurricane making her well-suited to support Greene County Medical Center’s nursing leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other organizational changes include:

Heather Paris, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is returning to Iowa State University as Assistant Vice President of Finance, a position she held before coming to Greene County Medical Center last June. Paris will lead the college's efforts in the ongoing implementation of a new financial system. Her last day at Greene County Medical Center will be April 17. Joe Corfits will be the interim CFO upon Heather's departure. Joe retired in March 2018 as Senior Vice President at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, a role he held for 22 years. Over the course of a 40+ year career, Joe boasts many accomplishments in the area of health care finance, including service on the Healthcare Financial Management Association's National Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008. During Joe's interim tenure, he will provide oversight for several key projects impacting the medical center's financial operations, with the support of the Greene County Medical Center's finance team and Lutz.

Christa Simons continues in the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) with additional oversight responsibilities for revenue cycle. Christa's tenure at Greene County Medical Center and institutional knowledge continues to serve the organization exceptionally well as a senior leader. Human Resources, Information Technology, and Community Relations/Foundation will temporarily report to the interim CEO while long-term care will be aligned under the interim CNO while the Finance department continues to report through the CFO.
The Board of Trustees welcomes these interim leaders who are willing to fill vital roles to help Greene County Medical Center move into the future and to keep us "Always Here, Always Caring".