Broadlawns Medical Center will host public forums today and Tuesday for the two finalists competing to become the next president and CEO of Polk County’s safety net hospital. The two finalists, selected from a field of 40 candidates that applied, are Anthony Coleman, currently vice president of operations support and assistant hospital administrator with Kaiser Permanente in San Bernardino County, Calif., and Cory Geffre, vice president and chief nursing officer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

The selected candidate will fill the executive role previously held by Jody Jenner, who retired on April 15. The hospital is currently led by the chief financial officer, Karl Vilums, as interim president and CEO.

Broadlawns spokeswoman Katie Wengert said the board is expected to vote on the president/CEO position at its next board meeting on Sept. 21, unless the board calls a special meeting earlier than that date.

Coleman, a native of Southern California, served for 20 years in the U.S. Navy, serving two full sea tours in the Persian Gulf before earning a bachelor’s degree in education and a master's in public health administration and becoming a commissioned naval officer. Among more senior roles he was director of human resources at a U.S. naval hospital Yokosuka, Japan, and CFO and executive board member at Naval Hospital Beaufort in South Carolina. In his current role with Kaiser Permanente, he oversees multiple departments in two medical centers totaling 460 licensed beds, 16 medical office buildings and nine mental health facilities across a 65-mile geographic area.


Geffre, in his current role at Mary Greeley Medical Center, oversees Mary Greeley’s inpatient and outpatient nursing services for the 220-bed facility. He is also responsible for patient satisfaction for the entire organization. Before his role at Mary Greeley, he was vice president and chief nursing officer at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D., where he was responsible for hospital and clinic operations at the 99-bed facility. He has also operated his own businesses and has consulting experience helping businesses with strategy, market innovation, growth and leadership development. Geffre has nursing degrees from Lake Area Technical College, the University of South Dakota and the University of Texas at Arlington. He also has a master’s degree in management, strategy and leadership from Michigan State University.

Coleman and Geffre will be visiting the Broadlawns campus today and tomorrow, respectively.  There will be a public forum from 12:45 to 1:15 pm today featuring Coleman, and a public forum at the same time on Tuesday featuring Geffre. Each candidate will give a brief presentation of his professional background. The public is welcome to participate virtually in these forums.

More information about each candidate and links to each day’s forum can be found on Broadlawns’ website.