Van Wert County Hospital appoints new CEO

By John Bush - [email protected]



VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Hospital Association Board of Directors announced Monday that James “Jim” Pope will take over as president and chief executive officer.

Pope brings more than 30 years of executive experience to the hospital, with a background in health operations, strategic leadership and planning, and rural health care markets. He will begin his new role July 1.

“The board, medical staff, and leadership are very pleased with Jim’s long-standing, successful career in healthcare administration,” said Gary Clay, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, in a statement. “We are fortunate to have attracted Jim’s talents and 30 years of executive leadership experience.”

Pope will join Van Wert County Hospital after five years as president and CEO of Sylvania Franciscan Health, now CHI Sylvania Franciscan Health, a nonprofit health system in Sylvania. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Pope is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“We believe Jim will be an asset to Van Wert County Hospital and will build upon the legacy of the organization that began over 110 years ago,” said Mike Holliday, the hospital’s chief financial officer. “Jim is a top health care executive here in the Midwest. We look forward to bringing his talent to our organization.”

Pope, who has a master’s degree in hospital and health administration and a bachelor’s degree in management/health care, said in a statement that he is “honored to join the high caliber team at Van Wert County Hospital.”

“It’s obvious that the entire team is made up of dedicated employees and a board of directors who truly care about the hospital and the health care that is provided in the community,” said Pope, who will be moving to Van Wert with his wife at the end of June.

Van Wert County Hospital will host an open house for the community to meet Pope from 3 to 4:30 p.m. June 28 in Conference Room A.


By John Bush

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Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima

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