HAMC’s CEO Resigns
Jeff Lingerfelt, Heart of America Medical Center’s chief executive officer, announced his resignation to the Board of Directors last week. Jeff and his wife Jenny have been in Rugby for almost six years. The Board shared that they are grateful for Lingerfelt’s efforts on behalf of the organization. They also acknowledged that many things have been accomplished during his time at HAMC, and the Board wishes he and his family the very best as they enter this new chapter in their lives.
The Board has asked that Jon Nelson, board chairman, to lead a search committee for a new CEO. The search will begin immediately. During the search process for a new CEO, Lingerfelt will remain as CEO for 90 days, per his contract.
Lingerfelt, who has more than 25 years of experience in health care administration, will be sorely missed if the sentiments of present and past employees of HAMC are any indication. Prior to joining HAMC, he was CEO of Creighton Area Health Services: a 25-bed critical access hospital, 47-bed nursing home, two clinics, a wellness center and a home health agency.?Raised in western North Carolina, Lingerfelt graduated from of Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tenn., and earned an MBA at the University of Mary, Bismarck. One of the reasons that Lingerfelt felt it was time to move on was so he could be closer to his elderly parents. His new position as director of a critical access hospital in Geneseo, Ill., a city of around 6,600, is closer to family and friends, according to Lingerfelt, and within a day’s drive of his aging parents.
When asked about some of the accomplishments that HAMC’s achieved under his tenure, Lingerfelt cited: the clinic merger, recruitment of quality medical providers like Dr. Schoneberg, Dr. Skipper and Dr. Kremer that complimented an already very good staff in place, digital mammogram, fixed MRI, Tele-Health, the implementation of the day care center and E.P.I.C. were some of the accomplishments he was most proud of.
When asked about what memories he would take from his almost six years in Rugby, Lingerfelt said, “When I took the position I was aware of the saying ‘North Dakota Nice.’ That saying fits this area perfectly. I have met so many wonderful people that I grew to love and care about and that I will miss very much.” He continued, “Though the winters may be brutal and very cold, the people that I met and have been associated with are kind and warm.” Lingerfelt concluded, “I have been blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing and caring people at the hospital and in the community, I will miss them all.”
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