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New CEO to begin at UHD

By Staff | Jun 21, 2015

Richard Ash

United Hospital District’s search for a new CEO has come to an end.

They have recently announced the hiring of Richard Ash as the new UHD CEO, and he is expected to start work as soon at July 13.

“We are delighted that Mr. Ash accepted our offer to partner with the Board in leading the future growth and development of healthcare services in our region,” said Melanie Humburg, board president and chair of the CEO selection committee. “He is a proven leader. He understands the changing and challenging landscape of healthcare.”

Ash most recently served as the CEO of the Ortonville Area Health Services where his duties included leadership of their critical access hospital, nursing home facility, clinics, home health and senior housing.

He holds a degree in accounting and has a long history of healthcare leadership roles and has served as a CEO in three hospitals before deciding to join the team at UHD.

“The United Hospital District presents an opportunity to use my skills and experience to continue the successful delivery of healthcare services,”?Ash said. “I am excited to be a part of a growing, progressive community of care. I am also excited to focus my leadership on growing the full continuum of primary and specialty care delivery for the region.”

The search for a new CEO?began after former CEO?Jeff Lang submitted his resignation to the hospital board in January of this year.

It was then discussed at the February board meeting where they decided to go forth with finding an interim director while the board began the search for a new CEO.

Dan Ellis, PhD, an associate of Sumption & Wyland Consulting Services filled in as interim director, while the board formed a CEO?Selection Committee.

Margaret Sumption, SPHR, of the same firm then helped that committee work toward hiring a new CEO, a process which took three months.