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Section A: General News


Hospital board names Burnside Connally CEO


Hospital board names Burnside Connally CEO
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FLORESVILLE -- A new chief executive officer (CEO) is on his way to the Connally Memorial Medical Center here. This follows the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board’s unanimous decision May 2 to accept a recommendation by the hospital’s management company, Endeavor Healthcare.

The board, during a special meeting, voted to approve Endeavor’s recommendation of Brian Burnside, who most recently was the CEO of the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center in Marshalltown, Iowa. The hospital, located approximately 52 miles northeast of Des Moines, is a 125-bed acute-care facility, according to its website.

Connally only has 44 beds, leading board member Sam Carter to ask Burnside why he wished to take the position. Burnside said he actually had been researching the position since he first became aware of it in February. The elements of success are at Connally, Burnside said, with the hospital’s potential “waiting to be tapped.”

The board also voted to pay Endeavor $17,169 per month for Burnside’s services, along with up to $16,000 for relocation and moving expenses. Karl Hittle of Endeavor told the board that Burnside, his wife, Natalie, and their three children plan to make the move to Wilson County before the start of the 2013-14 school year. Hittle also said Burnside’s target date to take the helm at Connally is June 1.

Burnside will succeed current CEO Jerome Brooks, who is leaving Connally to perform management duties for Endeavor, overseeing hospitals in Texas and Oklahoma.


In attendance: Board members Ronnie Eckel, Sam Carter, Sue Coats, Keith Johanson, and Sandy Yow; Connally Memorial Medical Center Chief of Staff Emily Frye and administrative assistant Shirley Bienek; and Karl Hittle of Endeavor Healthcare.
 

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