by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 5-0 vote this afternoon, the Sumner Regional Medical Center board of directors approved the hiring of Les Dean as the CEO for the county’s largest healthcare facility.
Les Dean is currently the laboratory manager at SRMC. He will be replacing Barry Harding on April 1. Harding was hired through the Community Hospital Corporation to be the interim CEO at SRMC since November 2015.
Dean has worked at SRMC since 20o6 as Director of Clinical Laboratory Operations overseeing the operation of all areas in the laboratory including complexity testing – blood banking, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, phlebotomy, drug of abuse testing, proficiency testing, customer service, outreach marketing and personnel management. This will be his first experience as a hospital administrator.
SRMC Board President Fred Hinman said the board decided to hire within, listing several reasons for the move. He said Dean is considered a good manager with deep knowledge of the inner workings of SRMC and its financial situation. He is considered level headed and highly respected amongst his peers. He can start on the ground running. And, best of all, SRMC can afford him.
“When we announced this to the managers at SRMC, they erupted in applause,” Hinman said. “Les realizes that being administrator is not just a job, but that he is overseeing SRMC as an important part of the community.”