GCMH CEO Accepts Top Position with Grinnell Regional Medical Center

Grundy County Memorial Hospital Board of Commissioners Chair Mary Schmidt has announced that Jennifer Havens is resigning her CEO position to become CEO of new UnityPoint Health affiliate Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Grinnell. “Please join me in congratulating Jennifer on her achievement. We wish her well as she moves on to lead a larger hospital. Jennifer’s service to GCMH as both Chief Clinical Officer for seven years and CEO for three years has been a period of extraordinary gains in Patient Experience, service line growth, and outstanding employee engagement,” remarks Schmidt. She says the search for a new GCMH CEO will begin immediately, led by the UnityPoint Health Waterloo CEO Pam Delagardelle and the human resources team. Schmidt assures hospital employees, patients, and the community that the board is dedicated to identifying a new leader who will carry on the tradition of excellence established at the hospital, which is a rural affiliate of the UnityPoint Health system. UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center is a 49 bed hospital, with 350 employees. Havens will serve at GCMH until late July.

Havens is a Bettendorf native and began serving the Grundy County Memorial Hospital after serving as the Brain Tumor program coordinator at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis Tennessee for 18 years, and 2 years as the Neuroscience administrator at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, also in Memphis.   Havens says that the decision to leave the Grundy County hospital was difficult. "We were welcomed 10 years ago with open arms and we are grateful for our time here. As I’ve stated often in my tenure, GCMH is truly a treasure surrounded by cornfields, filled with leaders and a team of people who have an unwavering commitment to our patients and the communities we serve. The hospital, its people and the community will always be close to my heart and I look forward to seeing what GCMH will accomplish next!”