Higgins appointed interim CEO of Mercer County Hospital

Robert Blackford/Editor
Myron Higgins has been chosen as interim CEO at Mercer County Hospital

The Governing Board of Mercer County Hospital has appointed Myron Higgins, CHE, as interim CEO effective Jan. 17, 2009. Higgins will replace CEO Tim Putnam, who recently accepted a similar position in Batesville, Indiana.

Currently the chief operating officer and human resources manager, Higgins has played a continuing role in the success of Mercer County Hospital. "Myron has demonstrated that he is a vital link in the operations of the hospital. His participation in the leadership of the facility, board activities, and employee involvement has provided him with a clear and broad based understanding of Mercer County Hospital," said current CEO Tim Putnam.

Higgins says the efforts that have brought Mercer County Hospital to its current position as a high-quality, patient-centered, compassionate and dedicated hospital must be continued. "I will work with members of the leadership team and board to keep the initiatives and strategic planning processes moving forward," he says.

The Governing Board is also launching a comprehensive search to find a permanent CEO at Mercer County Hospital. The process will be thorough, but will move at a steady pace. A search committee has been named from members of the Governing Board. Don Johnson, Governing Board Chairman says, "We are on a wonderful course, and this is an exceptional opportunity for a person who is a strong visionary and highly dedicated leader. We want someone who shares our values and who can take the strategic direction we've charted and get us there even faster."

Higgins was hired in 1987 as the manager of the respiratory therapy department, and was promoted to director of operations and human resources director in 2003. Before that, he was a manager in the Special Care Nursery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in community health education, Northwestern University Medical School in Respiratory Therapy, and St. Ambrose University with a MBA. He is a certified healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Education Committee, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network.

He lives in Aledo with his wife, Kelly and their two children, Danika and Trenton. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Aledo and serves on the Board of Directors for Aledo Main Street and Mercer Credit Union. He is also a member of the Exchange Club of Aledo.