Monday, September 01, 2014

Community welcomes new Ransom CEO

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 7/16/2014

It’s great to move closer to family, Matthew Heyn said.

“For us, this is a dream come true,” Heyn said. “We’re getting closer to family and we’re at a hospital that is a very good size and a community that we can raise our kids in. It’s a perfect fit for us.”

It’s great to move closer to family, Matthew Heyn said.

“For us, this is a dream come true,” Heyn said. “We’re getting closer to family and we’re at a hospital that is a very good size and a community that we can raise our kids in. It’s a perfect fit for us.”

Ransom Memorial Hospital introduced its new chief executive officer to the public Wednesday. Heyn (pronounced Hine) said he was happy to meet the community he now is serving through the hospital. Since moving from Larned and beginning work July 1 at Ransom, 1402 S. Main St., Ottawa, he and his family are happy to settle in.

“The town is wonderful, it really is,” Heyn said.

As for work, Heyn said he is excited to work for Ransom. He has begun his third week at the hospital and the experience has been great, he said.

“It has gone exceptionally well,” Heyn said.

Ransom’s Board of Trustees announced May 19 it had selected Heyn to fill the vacant CEO position at the hospital. Heyn was one of six finalists for the job, which was vacated when Larry Felix, Ransom CEO for 14 years, retired at the end of February — wrapping up a 41-year career in the health care field.

Dean Ohmart, Ransom chief financial officer, who works closely with Heyn, said the new CEO has done just fine since joining the hospital. Although he has only been with Ransom for two full weeks, Ohmart said, he expects a bright future with Heyn.

“He’s been in rural health care and understands it. We’ll get along just great,” Ohmart said.

The first two weeks with a new employee are always a learning experience, Ohmart said. Heyn already has been working hard to get hospital affairs in order, he said.

“You don’t do too much in the first two weeks, but figure out what’s what and we’ll start strategizing going forward,” Ohmart said.

Along with hospital personnel, many community members made an appearance at the meet and greet. Representatives from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Ottawa City Council and Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, among other community members, helped welcome the new hospital official to Ottawa.

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