The Memorial Hospital of Converse County has announced the hiring of an Alaska-based hospital and behavioral health administrator to take over the Douglas hospital.
The hospital’s previous CEO, Ryan Smith, announced his resignation in May and said he planned to take a position as the CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska.
His replacement, Matt Dammeyer, is well-known around the Alaska-health care world. He was previously the COO and assistant administrator at the Central Peninsula Hospital there, where Smith was also the CFO before he came to Wyoming in 2011.
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Indeed, in a statement, Dammeyer said he first saw his new Douglas posting while driving through Wyoming and visiting Smith.
Dammeyer, who along with his wife, Maria, is a University of Wyoming graduate, “will soon relocate to Wyoming” to begin his tenure, the hospital said in a statement. His first day is scheduled for Sept. 30. In April, he was hired as the CEO of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. Before that, he spent 10 years in hospital administration.
“The appointment of Matt is the result of an extensive interview process which convinced both the Board and hospital staff that this was the individual to help maintain our excellence in delivering patient-centered care and as an outstanding community hospital,” said Bob Kayser, the chairman of the hospital’s board. “Matt was a colleague of Ryan Smith’s for several years and he brings to us signiﬁcant hospital management experience.”