New HAMC administrator hired
A new CEO will begin work at the Heart of America Medical Center in November.
Jeff Lingerfelt, who previously was head of a medical center in Nebraska, accepted the position offered earlier this month by the Good Samaritan Hospital Association.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,’ Lingerfelt said last week by phone. “It’s a wonderful chance for professional growth.”
Lingerfelt was impressed with the leadership team in place at the hospital, saying they are progressive-thinking and committed to serving the area. He added he was made to feel welcome during his visit to the facility and community.
He will officially start on Nov. 16, once he finishes is contractual obligation with his present employer.
“We’re pleased he accepted our offer and is coming to head the facility,’ said Wes Black, chairman of the hospital board.
Lingerfelt, 50, grew up in a rural community in western North Carolina but does have some connection to North Dakota, having received his master’s degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck. He resided for a short time in Beach while he was employed at Glendive Medical Center in Montana.
“The small town appealed to us (my wife and family),’ Lingerfelt said. “We are familiar with the Dakotas.”
Lingerfelt and his wife, Jenny, have three daughters, including one that is still at home.
He has spent 25 years in health care administration, most recently at the Creighton Area Health Services in Creighton, NE.
The medical center Lingerfelt currently administers is very similar to the HAMC. Both are critical access hospitals, provide nursing home care, have a wellness center as well as operate with a neighboring clinic. Black said that should make for an easier transition.
He will replace Jerry Jurena, who was administrator for the past 15 years.
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