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CEO Sommers Resigns; Leaves Behind Legacy of Growth

The Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center Board of Directors announced

today that CEO Thomas W. Sommers has  submitted his resignation, marking the end of his leadership over a decade of extraordinary growth for the organization.


“Tom has decided it is time for him to move on, and has submitted his resignation,” Hospital Board of Directors Chairman Mitch Deines said. “The Board of Directors cannot thank him enough for his energy, commitment and passion for our hospital during the past decade, and we wish him well in his next endeavors.”


During Sommers’ 13 years of leadership the organization has seen extensive change and growth, including the 2012 opening of a new multi-million dollar hospital facility on the north side of Beatrice.


“Tom has been a visionary leader for this hospital,” Deines said.


Other accomplishments highlighted by Deines included the integration of the community’s physician clinics with the hospital as well as the addition and growth of women’s and children’s services, orthopedic services and general surgery.


“We are especially proud of the improvement in our patient satisfaction scores that are recorded on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website,” Deines said. “Change and growth for Tom has always been about improving patient healthcare services in the community.”


His resignation was effective immediately, Deines said, and the news was shared with employees during a series of meetings and communications this week.


Dr. John Findley, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, has been selected by the Board of Directors to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer, and a nationwide search for a new permanent CEO is planned.


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