June 9, 2010, Corydon: After an extensive recruitment process and executive search, Wayne County Hospital and Mercy Medical Center are pleased to announce that Daren L. Relph, PS/CCP has accepted the position of CEO/Administrator for Wayne County Hospital, Corydon & Vice President of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines effective June 14th.
Mr. Relph has been with Wayne County Hospital since 2000. He has served in a variety of positions advancing from the Director of Emergency Services Department to Associate Administrator. He has been responsible for the oversight of hospital operations (managing nine direct reporting departments), including the recent construction project, and has served as special projects director managing the implementation of technological improvements. “His passion for healthcare supported by his clinical training and experience in operational management, medical staff interaction, customer & employee relations, contract negotiations and financial planning make him uniquely qualified for this position,” commented Chairman of the Board, Gary Runyon, D.V.M.
Mr. Relph was recognized as a Mercy Health Network Great Manager by the Gallup Corporation’s Work Place Survey. He was also instrumental in the 2009 Summit Award recognition of the Wayne County Hospital Emergency Department by Press Ganey for patient satisfaction levels in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for three consecutive years.
His other work experience includes serving as a registered stockbroker, a staff paramedic and small business owner specializing in commodity shipping. Daren is a trained Six Sigma Green Belt specializing in business management strategy and process improvement methodology.
Mr. Relph received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration from the Mercy College of Health Science Des Moines, IA. He is currently working toward his Masters Degree in Health Care Administration at Des Moines University.
Mr. Relph is actively involved in the community and is a member of the Corydon City Council; Treasurer for the Corydon Volunteer Fire Department; Assistant Scout Master for Troop 137 and serves on the School Improvement Advisory Committee.
Mr. Relph and his wife, Dusti, are both born and raised in Wayne County and are committed to ensuring the future of our community. They have four children: Teela DeVore, Trevor DeVore, Winston and Raquel.
We invite you to join the Wayne County Hospital and Mercy families as we welcome Mr. Relph to his new position.