The Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) Board of Trustees on Tuesday named Erin Muck to be the hospital’s new CEO, effective August 1.
Muck has served as the CCMH vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer (CNO) since 2015.
“I’m very excited and very grateful to the board that they have instilled their trust and confidence in me to lead this organization,” Muck said. “We have great staff and we have great providers. I think it’s a great privilege that I get to serve this community in this capacity.”
Muck lives in Denison. She and her husband, Rob, have two children.
She succeeds Bill Bruce, who will continue as president of CCMH and of the Hospital Foundation of Crawford County until December 31.
Bruce said the executive committee of the CCMH Board of Trustees recommended splitting his position into separate president and CEO positions through the end of the year.
“I think it’s a blessing that I’ll have someone to bounce questions off of,” Muck said.
She said that had not been the case when she took her first CNO position.
“The CNO was gone and I had nobody to ask questions of, at all,” she said.
Bruce said that if CCMH were part of a system of hospitals, executives in the system would provide a new CEO with a year of support, orientation and guidance.
By keeping Bruce on for a five-month transition period, the board is providing Muck with similar support, he said.
As president, Bruce will continue to work on strategic initiatives and policy.
“I think the board is striking a great balance in the center,” he said.
The trustees published the opening for the CEO position on the American College of Health Care Executives Website and received 46 applications, Bruce said.
The executive committee reviewed about 300 pages of application materials.
“The whole board has spent countless hours on this issue,” Bruce said.
He noted that board members are not compensated for their time.
Bruce was not part of the interview process.
Muck interviewed with the executive committee and with the full board before she was selected.
She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience.
Muck has an RN degree from Marshalltown Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and an MBA from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She previously served as the CNO of Grand River Health in Rifle, Colorado, and in several leadership roles at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center in Marshall, Minnesota.
She began her registered nursing career in healthcare in Slayton, Minnesota.
Bruce said Muck’s selection to succeed him is very positive for the hospital.
Although her employment as CEO began on August 1, as a matter of practicality, the transition will take a week or two, he said.
One of Muck’s first projects as CEO will be to search for her replacement as CNO.
She said she will lead in her own way but does not expect to make major changes.
“My ultimate goal for this organization is to provide this community with a place that they can count on to receive excellent care and excellent service,” Muck said.