Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Pender Community Hospital CEO Announces Retirement
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Richard Thomason has retired from his role as the CEO of Pender Community Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Thomason has been at Pender since March of 2010 and during that time oversaw the construction of a new state-of-the-art hospital in the Thurston county community.

Pender Community Hospital is managed by Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City and Mercy Vice President Brian Monsma says Thomason’s tenure in Pender has been a period of great growth and excitement. “The opening of the new hospital this February was a historic day for the community,” said Monsma. “We are all appreciative of what he was able to accomplish during his time as CEO.”

Thomason has been involved in healthcare his entire adult life, either as a provider or administrator. He started as an Air Force medic and served in various roles including Laboratory Technologist, Nuclear Medical Technologist, Sonographer, COO and CEO. His distinguished career has spanned work in hospitals, clinics, physician practices and academic healthcare.

This past spring, Thomason oversaw the grand opening of the new $20.5 million facility replacing the older hospital that had served the community since the early 1950’s. The new 55,000 square foot hospital is all on one floor and is designed to meet the changing needs of health care delivery going forward.

Monsma will serve as interim CEO during the search for the new Pender CEO.

For more Information, contact:
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development
(712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682