Search Continues for New CEO
BY MELANIE BUCK –
A farewell reception was held at Mena Regional Health System for Tim Bowen, the outgoing CEO of MRHS. Bowen has been the Chief Executive Officer of MRHS for more than three years. Bowen has accepted a president’s position with the Integris Health System based out of Oklahoma. His last day at MRHS will be January 7, 2015.
Bowen said, “It has been my privilege to serve my hometown of Mena and MRHS. My time here has been richly rewarding and I owe all my success to the hospital staff, physicians and commissioners for giving me my first opportunity. I would not be where I am today without them and I will be forever grateful for it.”
David Gilbert, vice-chairman for the commission said that it was a tremendous loss for the hospital. “We are very disappointed to be losing Tim. We were very blessed to have had him for as long as we did but he is accepting an opportunity that no intelligent, bright, articulate and well-educated man would pass up.”
Gilbert said that Bowen leaves the hospital in excellent shape and that with his outstanding job performance at MRHS, he only expects tremendous career growth for him, “He has unlimited growth potential.”
Bowen is grateful for his time at MRHS, “Please accept my sincere thanks to you for allowing me to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the last three years. Together we have strengthened the operations of the hospital, brought great improvement in the quality of services, expanded our access to our patients, and strengthened the community perception. I am confident that I leave the hospital in sound financial and operational condition with a solid management team in place. I wish you all the very best of continued success in the years to come.”
At this time, a predecessor has not been chosen. The hospital said in a press release that they “have decided to continue the search for a CEO.” While searching for a candidate, current COO/CNO Rick Billingsley will be the Interim CEO.