Opportunity finds Burnside

Corydon, IA – After 5 successful years leading the Wayne County Hospital, Brian Burnside, FACHE has announced his resignation as CEO, effective March 31, 2010. Mr. Burnside has accepted a position as President/Chief Executive Officer of the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, a 125 bed acute care facility based in Marshalltown, Iowa generating over $120 million in annual patient revenues.

“Wayne County Hospital is a much stronger organization today, thanks to Brian’s leadership,” said Gary Runyon, Chairman of the Wayne County Hospital Board of Directors. “During his tenure he remained focused on meeting the health needs of our community and transforming the hospital and services offered into a modern healthcare facility.”

Brian has never been satisfied with the status quo and has a unique ability to identify challenges and work out solutions as evident by the numerous projects completed during this 5 year period including: completion of a $7.25 million modernization and renovation project which included the addition of a new Patient Care wing, new Emergency and Rehabilitation Services Departments and renovations to the Imaging and Laboratory Departments plus extensive infrastructure upgrades. Technology upgrades were made throughout the facility including the addition of electronic medical records, digital imaging services, wireless networking and a new phone system.  Our medical staff saw the addition of 5 new providers during this period including an orthopedic surgery service. The Wayne County Hospital was the 2009 recipient of the national Press Ganey Summit Award for outstanding Patient Satisfaction. The success of the Wayne County Hospital team lead to Mr. Burnside’s recognition as the 2009 Iowa Hospital Association’s Young Executive of the Year.

Mr. Burnside has been instrumental in the formation and growth of the Wayne County Hospital. “We will miss Brian’s leadership and community spirit and appreciate everything he has done to support quality healthcare for our community.”

“I am leaving Wayne County Hospital feeling fortunate for the chance to have worked with such a dedicated team including the Board, employees, medical staff and volunteers.  During my time here I have been impressed by the overwhelming commitment and support we receive from the community. Our accomplishments were made possible by many extraordinary people who gave their time, talent and financial support. Thank you all,” said Mr. Burnside.

“Mr. Burnside has developed a strong management team,” Dr. Runyon said. “That team, along with the Board, the medical staff and our employees will continue to move forward.”

The Wayne County Hospital Board of Directors will work with Mercy Medical Center on transition planning and begin their search for potential candidates immediately. (Posted 2/12/10)