Our View: Critical to find right fit for Clark CEO

Published 8:11 am Friday, March 24, 2017

Clark Regional Medical Center made a wise decision by bringing back a somewhat familiar face for a temporary visit, a move that gives the hospital needed time to find the best long-term fit in hiring a new chief executive officer.

The hospital, and its parent company LifePoint Health, announced last week that Clarkson, Ky., resident Ron Tyrer would serve as the interim CEO during the ongoing search process for a full-time replacement for Cherie Sibley, who was promoted to a higher position within the company.

This is Tyrer’s second stint as interim CEO after serving in the same role for a few months in 2013 before Sibley’s hire.

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Tyrer is a great fit because he has made somewhat of a late career out of leading hospitals on an interim basis. This appointment is his 27th or so, with many of those including multiple appointments at the same hospitals.

Having someone with his level of experience to continue the vision of the health care provider will be critical as it means the search committee can now truly take its time to find the best fit and not feel any pressure from an arbitrary timeline.

Whoever is hired will have large shoes to fill in following Sibley.

The next CEO needs to bring a strong commitment to providing quality healthcare and being an active leader within Winchester and Clark County because Sibley excelled at both.

This is an interesting time for whoever steps into this role as the hospital gears up to celebrate 100 years in May. While it would be nice to have a permanent replacement hired for that milestone anniversary, it is far more important to find the right person.

Hiring someone with Tyrer’s experience gives the hospital the best chance of making sure that happens.