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July 8, 2014

Ayres to leave O'Connor in fall

After more than 10 years as chief executive officer of O'Connor Hospital in Delhi, Dan Ayres decided early last week that he will be “going home” to West Virginia this fall to become president and CEO of a rural hospital there.

Beginning in October, Ayres will be in charge of Summersville Regional Medical Center, a 50-bed acute care hospital in Summersville, West Virginia. The hospital, which is similar to O'Connor, has intensive care, special care and obstetric units, as well as a 50-bed long-term care facility.

Ayres, who came to O'Connor Hospital in 2004, has also served as chief executive officer of Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney since 2009. His last day in both positions will be September 28, he said.

Bertine McKenna, Bassett Healthcare Network's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said Ayres has done a “phenomenal” job of leading both O'Connor and Tri-Town Regional Hospitals.

“We regret seeing him leave,” McKenna said. “However, the position he has taken in West Virginia represents a great opportunity to further his professional career while also returning to family and friends in the state where he grew up. We wish him all the best.”

Ayres called the last few weeks “a whirlwind of activity." After interviewing at Summersville on June 22 and 23, the hospital quickly offered him the job. He made his final decision on June 30 and notified his staff last Wednesday with an assuring message.

“My experiences at Bassett, O’Connor and Tri-Town Regional Hospital could not have been more positive and rewarding and have prepared me for this larger challenge,” Ayres wrote. “I am completely confident in the leadership teams at both facilities and the staff, and proud of our collective achievement in making the hospitals the top performers they are today. Both O’ Connor and TRH are doing well financially, have good quality scores and good patient satisfaction.”

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