Officials with Avera Health have announced that Avera Sacred Heart Hospital CEO Doug Ekeren has been selected as the Interim Regional President and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, succeeding Tom Clark who was recently named to another position with Avera Health.
Ekeren says his plans are to spend two-three days per week In Mitchell learning more about the facility and staff.
Ekeren says both hospitals are working through a transition in philosophy from caring for the ill to helping people avoid health care problems before they occur.
Ekeren says he will be working closely with former Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark to make the interim transition as smooth as possible.
Ekeren will begin his interim role at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital on July 12th .