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Broadlawns board to vote Thursday on new president/CEO


The Broadlawns Medical Center board of trustees is scheduled to vote on who will be the hospital’s next president and CEO during a special meeting on Thursday.

Hospital officials confirmed the meeting following the board’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, during which they went into a closed session to discuss the search.

Former President and CEO Jody Jenner retired in April after 15 years. Since then, Karl Vilums has been interim president and CEO. He had served as chief financial officer at Broadlawns since 2014.

Thursday’s special meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. More details are expected to be released later today, hospital officials said.

The board will consider two finalists for the hospital’s top job, which will oversee the facility’s 100 doctors and more than 1,200 employees.

A national firm helped conduct the search, and the two finalists were selected from a field of 40 candidates who applied.

The finalists 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.

Both men visited Des Moines and participated in public forums in late August as they vied to become the next president and CEO of Broadlawns.

In other matters from the board’s meeting on Tuesday:

  • The board accepted the resignation of trustee Rocky Sposato, who is stepping down because he’s moving out of the county and will be ineligible to serve. A search for his successor will begin with the goal of appointing someone to fill his seat by the board’s October meeting. Sposato was serving his first term on the board, which expires in December 2024.
  • Chief Medical Officer Dr. Yogesh Shah told board members that the hospital has resumed elective surgeries that require being admitted after suspending them for 10 days earlier this month because of an increase in inpatient COVID-19 patients. The number of inpatient COVID-19 patients has gone down and remained stable for the past week, so the decision was made to resume elective surgeries. After hitting as many as 18 COVID-19 patients on Sept. 8, the number has declined to six or seven for the past week, Shah said.
  • Dr. Dana Danley, Broadlawns’ new director of its family medicine program, updated the board on a $50,000 leadership grant the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines awarded to the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative in collaboration with Broadlawns. The grant is being used to provide $30 vouchers to patients who see providers in the Family Health Center to be used at local grocery stores for fresh produce. In addition, each family member gets a $30 voucher to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Over the past couple of months, 66 patients and an additional 159 family members have signed up to participate. Danley said early results show patients who participate are losing weight with improved blood sugar levels. She said the hope is to seek more funding and expand the program to other clinics in the hospital.

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