(Atlantic) After 29 years at the helm, Cass County Memorial Hospital CEO Pat Markham has one more week left on the job.
Markham's final day will be Friday, January 17th. When looking back on her 29 years in the position she says there isn't one specific memory that comes to mind because there are so many, but she does remember a lot of time spent in meetings with medical staff and the board plus overseeing two big construction projects.
"The two major building projects were probably highlights of my time. I learned alot over these 29 years and I've had a great time. It's been a fun job, if you want to call it a job, because it always seemed like more than that."
She says she's met a lot of people over the years. Of course a lot has
changed since she took over the position.
"There are so many more regulations and many more changes from third party payers. We went from an inpatient delivery model to out patient delivery model. All of the payers want to keep people out of the hospital now rather than in the hospital. When I came here I think we had 90 beds, maybe, and now we are down to 25 accute medical/surgical beds plus the four behavioral health beds so just the whole delivery system has changed."
Markham will stay busy in her final week as the current $22.5 million renovation project finishes up and she prepares for her final board meeting next week.
"I just want to thank everyone in the community for all of their support and particularly the Board of Trustees over these 29 years and the medical staff for all of their support. It's just been good and I'm so greatful that they are forward thinking enough to have moved the organization into the future where we need to be."
Todd Hudspeth will take over the post on Monday, January 20th. Markham says her assistant for the past 28 years, Michelle Poulsen, will help make it a smooth transition.