Medina Journal-Register — Earlier this week Dolores Horvath assumed the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer at Medina Memorial Hospital. A registered nurse, Horvath has 20 years of experience as a CEO and interim CEO.
Horvath described her experience as wide ranging. She said she has worked in small 15-bed critical access hospitals all the way up to multi-building hospitals with over 600 beds.
Medina Memorial Hospital is among the smaller locations she has worked.
With roughly a week spent in Medina, Horvath said her first impression of the community has been quite positive. The first thing she said that made an impact on her was the area’s sense of togetherness.
“The sense of community here was the first thing I felt, saw, and touched,” she said. “The feel in the hospital is one of pride in both service and community.”
Horvath is currently staying in Brockport, but is looking to move closer to Medina. “I like to be in the community in which I’m working,” she explained.
The community within the hospital, Horvath noted, is ready to move the facility into the future to better serve the area.
“People here are ready to work on what needs to be done,” she said. “We have got some really talented people here who could go anywhere, but they want to be here.
“Plus the hospital board, made up of community folks from around here, is so involved and engaged and ready to help.”
Horvath said that attitude is vital moving forward.
“With an engaged board and an engaged staff, we can’t do anything but continue to build for the future,” she stated.
The immediate future includes Horvath helping to guide the hospital into position for the permanent CEO, “whoever that may be.”
As of now, Horvath’s plans are to look at MMH’s capital needs at several levels.
“We’re going to look at our primary needs, our secondary needs, and our tertiary needs in all service areas,” she said. “We’re going to see what we might be able to provide that we’re not currently providing.
“We’ll also put together a physician recruitment plan,” she said.
More long term plans include the creation of a three-year strategic plan. “We can’t plan to much more than three years because of the dynamism of health care,” Horvath explained. The plan will be based on data that HealthTech, Inc. helps MMH gather. HealthTech is the company Horvath is affiliated with and MMH has hired the firm to help it make the transition to a new CEO.
Thanks in part to HealthTech, Horvath has worked in places across the country, including most recently in Atlanta where she was a consultant in one of that city’s hospitals. Her home in Colorado has also seen her as a local hospital CEO.
Horvath said her medical training has helped her as an administrator.
“The nurse comes first in me; I’m a committed health care provider,” she said. In every community she has worked, she said she has helped determine where the hospital stands and how it should position itself moving forward, based on local demographics.
Horvath said that by the time her stay in Medina is up, whenever that is, MMH will have a “clear vision based on community needs for the next three years” and it will have the “correct staff and equipment in place” for the permanent CEO.