At a time when the Lima region is again debating how it can attract and retain a talented work force, along comes Ronda Lehman.
She officially became the new president of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center on April 29. Not only is she the first female lay person to serve as the medical center’s president, but she also becomes the CEO of the No. 1 employer in the nine-county area.
And you know what? She’s a local person who could have found work anywhere in the country, but chose to continue to call the Lima region home.
Lehman graduated from Allen East High School and attended college right down the road at Ohio Northern University. She later obtained her doctor of pharmacy from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Tiffin University.
All of that makes her a poster person for those trying to sell the Lima region to anyone who will listen.
Even more so, Lehman’s promotion should be an inspiration to women health-care workers throughout the region.
She began her career at St. Rita’s in 1995 as a pharmacy intern and later became its director of pharmacy, vice president of operations and chief operating officer.
She now joins a rare club of females who are CEOs of hospitals. Even though women represent 65% of the health-care workforce, only 33 percent of senior leaders of health-care companies are female, including just 13 percent of chief executive officers, according to Oliver Wyman, a leading global management consulting firm.
To put it another way, the United States has more male chief executives named John than female CEOs combined.
We congratulate Ronda Lehman and wish her the best.