In a meeting Friday morning, the Hendricks Regional Health Board of Trustees met to formally approve and execute a contract to fill the CEO position at the hospital.
The board announced that Kevin Speer has accepted the position of the next president/chief executive officer of Hendricks Regional Health. Speer will take the helm Nov. 19, succeeding Dennis Dawes, who retired as president and CEO in May after 38 years as the hospital's chief executive.
Speer was identified from a group of about 160 applicants. The interview process has been underway since early May of this year. B.E. Smith, a nationally recognized healthcare executive search firm, was enlisted to assist the board with the search.
The board of trustees is made up of Terry Dillon, Kathleen Corbin, Mike Edmondson, and Charles Nelson, DDS. This group has worked to evaluate candidates and determine the best one to lead the organization.
Despite a large field of qualified candidates, the search committee agreed that Speer offers HRH "unique strengths in strategy that will help the hospital position itself well and navigate the uncertainties of healthcare reform in upcoming years," said Charles Nelson, DDS, search committee chairman.
Nelson added, "His wealth of knowledge and experience will be a welcome addition to our executive team who is focused on continuing our tradition to care for our community and Treat People Better."
Speer said he's looking forward to beginning his new position.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to work alongside Hendricks Regional Health's employees and physicians in the shared goal of providing the best care, with a personal touch," he said. "Hendricks Regional Health is a hospital with a great reputation and I am certainly looking forward to being a part of not only the hospital, but the Hendricks County community, for many years to come."