Experienced Leadership. Dedicated to Excellence.
As Grundy County Memorial Hospital has grown to serve today's healthcare needs, its leadership team has dedicated itself to insuring that excellence is the standard. GCMH staff members truly care about patients, who can sense the personal touch that is the foundation of hospital culture. Quality measures and patient experience scores are ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide, and GCMH has been ranked among the nation's Top 20 Most Recommended rural hospitals.
The management team combines a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise to provide GCMH with vision, energy, and leadership.
Jennifer Havens, MHA, RN
Chief Executive Officer
Serving GCMH as a member of its senior leadership team since 2008, Jennifer has served as CEO since 2015. Jennifer's health care background is varied. She came to GCMH after serving as the Brain Tumor Coordinator at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN for 18 years, and two years as the Neuroscience Administrator at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center. Jennifer has been honored as one of Iowa's Top 100 Nurses and is actively involved in the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is a graduate of Jackson College, Miami, is a registered nurse, and received her Master's in Health Administration from Des Moines University. She was named to serve in shared role with UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown, as its chief operations officer, in May of 2017.
Lisa Zinkula, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa's experience in rural hospital financial administration is key to the solid financial position of GCMH. Lisa had six years of experience in accounting administration at UnityPoint - Allen Hospital before joining GCMH in 2003. She is a native of Grundy Center, active in a variety of community leadership roles, and is a past recipient of the Twenty Under Forty leadership recognition from the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier.
Ryan Bingman, Director of Operations
Ryan was instrumental in managing the capital improvement projects that provided GCMH with new Inpatient, Emergency, Physical Therapy, and Surgery areas in 2010, and a renovated second floor and expanded Outpatient service areas in 2016-2017. Ryan was formerly in facilities management with Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, and is a graduate of Iowa State University. He was named one of the Cedar Valley's distinguished young leaders as recipient of the Twenty Under Forty award. He is actively involved with local development efforts and is a member of Kiwanis.
Jody Schipper, MSN, RN,
Director of Nursing
Jody has been with GCMH since 2012, and with UnityPoint Health since 2006. As head of Clinical Informatics and Staff Development, she led the successful implementation of an electronic medical record at GCMH. Jody was named Director of Nursing Services in 2016, and Director of Nursing in 2018. She is a native of Grundy County, a graduate of Allen College and member of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. Her role at GCMH includes management of all nursing services and staff education as well as Lab, Radiology, and Therapy services.
Lynn Blythe, MBA,
Director of Revenue Cycle
Lynn joined GCMH in 2011 to lead the hospital's telehealth efforts and growing Specialty Clinic services. Previously she was Allen Hospital for 10 years in various finance-related roles. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned her MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.
Lynn has been recognized for her community volunteer efforts as a Twenty Under Forty award winner, and serves with the local childcare/preschool board currently.