We, as the Board of Directors of Morrow County Health District, wish to emphasize that every decision made as a governing board is with the understanding that our primary duty is to work diligently to safeguard the continued delivery of quality healthcare for every resident of our county. Though change can be perceived as an adverse event, we at Morrow County Health District are resilient, and we view change as an opportunity to make us stronger, better, and the place where the communities we serve can always rely on for their health and wellness needs.

With this in mind, the Board of Directors of Morrow County Health District has made a change to the executive leadership team overseeing operations of Pioneer Memorial Hospital, the county’s primary care clinics, and EMS, as well as our Home Health and Hospices services. Effective May 7, 2021, Mr. Ryan Fowler is no longer employed by the District, and we have replaced him with Mr. Victor VanderDoes. For some, Victor’s name may be familiar as he served as CEO for MCHD for over a decade before retiring in 2009. We are grateful that Victor has agreed to return to Heppner to serve as Interim CEO during our search for a permanent replacement for our outstanding organization.

The Board wishes to thank the MCHD executive team, including Dr. Dan Hambleton, Chief Medical Officer, Nicole Mahoney, Chief Financial Officer, Kathleen Greenup, Chief Nursing Officer, Kris Jones, Chief Operating Officer, and Patti Allstott, Human Resources Director, for their continued service and leadership. Together, they will work with Victor to ensure MCHD continues to uphold the pillars of our Promise of Excellence, pursue the objectives of Healthier Morrow County, and keep the organization moving in the right and best direction.

During this National Hospital Week 2021, please join us in thanking every caregiver working at MCHD. They continue to do and be their best because of you.

We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide the residents of Morrow County with excellent care and service and strive to be your first choice today and always.

Sincerely,
Morrow County Health District Board of Directors
John Murray, Chairman | Carri Grieb | Aaron Palmquist | Marie Shimer

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