By Ethan Colbert
Citing an opportunity in Wisconsin, Pike County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Justin Selle announced Monday afternoon that he would resign from the county tax-supported hospital’s top administrative position on August 3.
Selle, who worked three years as CEO, also worked one year as the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, or COO, for one year. As CEO, Selle helped lead the county hospital, which employs over 200 people. Last year, the hospital received more than $869,000 in sales tax revenue from Pike County.
According to Selle, later this summer he and his family will move to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where Selle will go to work for a healthcare system there. His first day at the Wisconsin healthcare system will be August 20.
“This was a quality opportunity for me to grow professionally in a larger healthcare system,” Selle said in a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times on Monday evening.
Selle said he notified the board of his pending departure on Wednesday, June 20. According to a news release from Pike County Memorial Hospital, the seven members of the county hospital’s Board of Directors are currently interviewing an undisclosed number of candidates vying to be Selle’s replacement.
In the aforementioned news release, Board of Trustees Chairman Kevin Keely, of Louisiana, says, “the board is looking at our options and hope to have a new CEO in place before Mr. Selle leaves.”
In his telephone interview, Selle said he would encourage the next CEO to build relationships with the staff.
“Listen to the staff, rely on them for their expertise because they really are quite knowledgeable, and they can help guide your decisions as CEO,” Selle said.
The press release from the county hospital touts Selle’s tenure as one marked by accomplishments.
In the press release, Selle is credited with helping the hospital system add two new clinic locations, including a nights and weekends walk-in clinic in Bowling Green.
According to the press release, and later confirmed by Selle, the clinic in Bowling Green will be open seven days a week beginning in August.
Selle is also credited with helping to add new specialists to the county hospital’s list of healthcare providers, including a sports orthopedic surgeon, an endocrinologist, a neurologist, and a licensed clinical social worker.
He also is credited with helping to launch the hospital’s Tele-Psychiatry program.
The press release also states that the county hospital became a level III stroke accredited center. The hospital has continued to expand services and upgrade equipment during Selle’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer.
In the press release, Keely says that “Justin gave a superior effort to grow and improve the medical options for all Pike County residents, including some in Audrain County. He will be greatly missed as the CEO of Pike County Memorial Hospital.”
Ultimately, Selle said that many of the things he was credited with doing were able to be accomplished through the work of the various members of the hospital administration and input received from the local community.
“If you look at what we were able to accomplish, many of those things are the things that our community told us in the Community Health Needs Assessment were needs and things they wanted to see,” Selle said. “Because of the input of the community, we were able to expand services.”