After 33 years of remarkable service to Hamilton County Public Hospital, Van Diest Medical Center and the Webster City community, Palmer Schneider has chosen not to continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer with the recent approval of the management contract agreement with Mercy Health Network. The announcement was made during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon. Schneider has been with the local hospital since November,1979. During his tenure with the hospital, Schneider has served in several different capacities including Director of Finance, Interim Administrator, Corporate Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer,and most recently as Administrator since 2003.Schneider brought a wealth of financial experience to his role as Administrator and the hospital benefited in operational excellence with his counsel and expertise. Among the more significant achievements during his years of leadership, Schneider will most notably be recognized for his direction and successful efforts in completion of the $33 million hospital building project and opening of Van Diest Medical Center in September,2010. Schneider's leadership, sound judgment, professional experience, reputation and financial expertise helped the hospital meet the many challenges facing rural hospitals today.
The Van Diest Medical Center wants to express its gratitude for the countless contributions Schneider made to the county hospital. His vision and experience in hospital operations, strategic planning, management information systems and corporate compliance will be missed.
The Board of Trustees at Van Diest Medical Center Thursday named Robert (Bob) Mason as the interim C.E.O. effective immediately. Board chairman Carroll Ose said that with more than 24 years of executive level health care management experience, Mason will provide progressive leadership during this transition period. The Van Diest Medical Center board plans to begin the search for a new C.E.O. in the coming weeks.