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UHD hires interim CEO

By Staff | Feb 16, 2015

After losing one, they have found another but only temporarily.

United Hospital District found out last month their current Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Lang, had accepted a job in Michigan and would be resigning from his position at UHD.

The UHD Inc. board went to work immediately to find a replacement in order to ensure the smooth transition upon Lang’s departure from his position in Blue Earth.

UHDI board chair, Melanie Humburg, announced at the last board meeting that UHDI was working with a consulting firm to find an interim CEO.

“We met with a consulting firm who identified a gentleman who is interested and qualified for the position,” Humburg had said at that meeting.

That gentleman is Dr. Dan Ellis who has served as a hospital CEO in Iowa and South Dakota for more than 20 years.

“We are pleased someone with Dr. Ellis’s experience and credentials is available to provide stability to UHD and provide transitional leadership as we prepare to welcome a new CEO to our community,” Humburg said.

However, Ellis will only serve as an interim and will not be a candidate for the permanent CEO position.

Ellis has a PhD in adult education and a masters in healthcare administration. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He will begin his work at UHD later in February and will stay on until a new CEO is hired on, which UHD hopes to accomplish by late spring or early summer.

Ellis is working with Sumption & Wyland, a consulting firm based out of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Sumption & Wyland will also assist UHD in their search for a replacement CEO which is estimated to approximately four months.

“We will reach out to the broadest possible extent to find the best people having the skills, talents and leadership to be successful working with UHD, its stakeholders and the communities it serves,” Margaret Sumption, of Sumption & Wyland said.

Lang submitted his resignation at the end of last month, stating he is accepting a CEO position with the UP Health System – Portage in Hancock, Mich. where he will begin on March 9.