The Lucas County Health Center Hospital Board of Trustees approved the resignation of LCHC CEO Brian Sims at their regular monthly board meeting this past Tuesday night, July 28.

Sims is resigning because he has taken a position to be the next President and CEO of Good Shepherd Health Care System in Hermiston, Ore.

Sims has been CEO of LCHC for five years. He was appointed as the new LCHC CEO in September 2015 and he started in the new position in early October 2015. He is a native of Newton and before coming to Chariton, Sims was the Administrative Services Officer at Knoxville Hospital and Clinics.

He is projecting his final day at LCHC to be Sept. 2, 2020.

LCHC announced a new affiliation with UnityPoint Health-Des Moines that began on Sept. 1, 2015, and Sims was the first and so far only CEO appointed at LCHC since that affiliation began. Under the management agreement that’s part of LCHC’s affiliation with UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, the CEO of LCHC is an employee of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines and not LCHC.

Sims said that even though the job he has taken in Oregon in an amazing opportunity, he tenders his resignation with mixed emotions and that it was a very difficult decision to make.

“The truth is, I have fallen in love with Lucas County Health Center and Chariton. I am very proud of our accomplishments over the last five years, and I am confident their success will continue down this same path and trajectory. It has been all my honor to be part of such an amazing organization,” Sims said in his resignation letter to the Hospital Board.

Sims also thanked LCHC’s senior team and LCHC’s providers in his letter. “Our senior team are the most resilient leaders that I have ever had the privilege to work with. Our providers support each other all in the name of serving this community,” Sims said.

Read the August 4, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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