Providence Medical Center Welcomes In Danielle Gearhart As Chief Executive Officer, Assumed Role Effective August 1

Providence Medical Center Welcomes In Danielle Gearhart As Chief Executive Officer, Assumed Role Effective August 1
Courtesy of PMC Board of Directors.

WAYNE – Following a thorough recruitment process, Providence Medical Center has found a former CEO to fill the vacant Chief Executive Officer at PMC.

According to a release, Providence Medical Center’s Board of Directors announces the appointment of Danielle (Danni) Gearhart, as the new Chief Executive Officer for Providence Medical Center.

PMC partnered with recruiting agency, Seim Johnson to do an extensive search for their new CEO.

Gearhart was a previous CEO of the Cozad Community Health System and is originally from Oelwein, Iowa.

Director of Human Resources, McKayla Thege said, “there were many strong candidates for this position, but Danni fit the overall package of what we were seeking in a CEO. With her experience and expertise, we are confident she will lead us in continuing to be the Hospital and Employer of Choice in northeast Nebraska.”

The senior executive has over 18 years of experience in various settings including not-for-profit, community, critical access hospitals, medical practice and long-term care operations.

Matt Ley, President of the PMC Board of Directors added, “the PMC Board of Directors is excited to welcome Danielle Gearhart to our team and community. Danni has a wealth of CEO experience both with multiple critical care rural hospitals in the Midwest, including Nebraska. We had many strong candidates for this position, showing the vibrancy and health of PMC. We are confident Mrs. Gearhart will be a great fit with our staff, providers and communities. Thank you to everyone who participated in the hiring process, especially the PMC staff and providers. The Board is very excited for the future of our hospital.”

Gearhart assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Providence Medical Center effective August 1, 2022.

Gearhart mentioned, “I am impressed with how committed the board, the medical staff and the staff of PMC are to the healthcare of our community. I am excited for this opportunity to work with and serve the exceptional team at Providence Medical Center and build on our strong foundation as we evolve to support the future needs of the community.”

Providence Medical Center (PMC) has been recognized as a leader in providing extraordinary rural healthcare to over 15,000 individuals and families in northeast Nebraska for more than 40 years. Located at 1200 Providence Road in Wayne, the Medical Center offers 21 spacious patient rooms including two OB suites, two critical care rooms and one hospice family room.

PMC also offers nearly 20 different specialty physician services through the Outpatient Clinic and performs 15,000 procedures annually utilizing Providence’s laboratory, imaging and surgical services. In addition to these services, PMC is home to several highly developed behavior health, rehabilitation therapy and wellness programs.

Providence Medical Center employs more than 200 individuals, making it one of the major employers in Wayne and the surrounding rural communities. This team of professionals is committed to carry out PMC’s mission of providing quality healthcare in the Spirit of Christ.

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Also, Providence Medical Center will be opening their new outpatient clinic and radiology space today (August 1).

Outpatient specialty clinic, radiology, lab and infusion appointments will park in the far east parking lot (closest to the new addition). Those patients will also enter through the temporary entrance on the east side of the new addition.

Patients with therapy appointments will continue to enter through the Therapy doors next to the Wellness Center.

For those visiting Monday through Friday between 6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m., make sure to continue to use the Therapy entrance. After daytime hours and on weekends, visitors can use the Emergency entrance on the north side of the building.