Interim CEO brings much experience
Neil Todhunter

When Neil Todhunter took over Monday as Ripon’s new interim CEO, he brought with him a long resume, seemingly tailored for all the possible futures Ripon Medical Center (RMC) could face.

Paraphrasing his three-page history, in Todhunter’s career he has:

• Designed, constructed and operated a 189 bed, $80-million-plus replacement hospital

• Recruited more than 150 physicians

• Run numerous hospitals — large and small — both as a CEO and as an interim CEO

• Even completed two hospital mergers.

And, with more than 30 years experience at the helm of those medical facilities, it’s a resume of a man RMC board president Joan Karsten believes can take over from outgoing administrator Jim Tavary seamlessly.

“I think because he has gone in and taken over for hospitals in trouble, he can carry out a strategic plan to keep us out of trouble,” Karsten said, noting that while the board feels confident in the strategic plan it set forth about two years ago, “Maybe he has some plans that we haven’t seen he can bring to the table.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 12, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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