New CEO Announced For Republic County Hospital

The Belleville Telescope

The trustees at Republic County Hospital, Belleville, and Great Plains Health Alliance announce the hiring of a new chief executive officer.

Dan Kelly comes to Republic County from Nebraska City, NE. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kearney, NE and a masters from the University of Missouri.

He held positions at hospitals in McCook and Grant, NE before spending 20 years at the Nebraska City facility.

His accomplishments at Nebraska City include building a successful healthcare system in a community of 7,200 residents. The system in Nebraska City is now operated by CHI.

After leading the completion of a new $58 million dollar hospital in that community, he took a brief respite into private business in Nebraska City.

“We are pleased to have recruited an experienced administrator with a longtime tenure at a hospital in the Midwest,” said Deb Hadachek, chairman of the board of trustees. “We believe Dan’s knowledge of this region and vision for ways to provide health care services into the future will benefit residents in North Central Kansas and South-Central Nebraska.”

He will begin work October Kelly is only the fifth CEO at the hospital since its opening on October 1, 1960. Three of those past administrators: Bonnie Elliott, Charles Westin and Blaine Miller, still live in Belleville.

Kurtis Klecan MD, recently joined long time providers Andy Walker MD, Nolan Beavers MD, Lori Rhine, ARNP and Briana Jensen, ARNP to serve patients in the clinic at the NCK Medical Arts Center and at Republic County Hospital. The NCK Health Care Foundation is actively recruiting another family practice physician with obstetrics.

Republic County Hospital recently completed replacement of all the original heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in the facility. The board is pursuing development of a facilities master plan that could be accomplished over multiple years as finances allow. Hadachek said the goal of the plan is to make better use of existing space in the hospital, to make accessing emergency and outpatient departments more convenient for patients and provide better workflow for staff.

Rita Buurman, who served as administrator at the hospital in Sabetha, KS for many years before retiring, has filled in as interim chief executive officer at Republic County Hospital since July, and helped lead the search for a new CEO.