Western Plains Medical Complex announced Thursday Kerry Tirman has been named chief executive officer, effective Monday, July 17.

Tirman joins WPMC from Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he served as president of the hospital.

"We are really excited to have Kerry step into this leadership role at Western Plains," said Brad Owens, chief operating officer of LifePoint Health’s Western Group, of which WPMC is a part. "He is a natural leader with a tremendous amount of healthcare leadership experience and expertise, particularly when it comes to improving operational processes and procedures, enhancing quality and driving patient satisfaction. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit for this hospital and this community, and we are eager to welcome him to Dodge City."

As president of Mercy St. Vincent, Tirman drove significant improvements in patient satisfaction, taking the hospital from the bottom 40th percentile to the top 25th percentile in less than 2 years. He also implemented a patient transport hub that enhanced the hospital’s ability to care for trauma patients, and he initiated programs and processes that improved the hospital’s daily operations and led to greater fiscal responsibility.

"Kerry is exactly what we were looking for in a new leader," said Rick Sowers, chair of WPMC’s board of trustees. "We are so impressed with his experience, knowledge and natural leadership skills, but

even more so with his true care for people and his commitment to community. We are really looking forward to working with him to lead the hospital forward."

Prior to joining Mercy St. Vincent, Tirman served in numerous healthcare leadership roles, including hospital CEO and system chief operating officer at Mississippi Baptist Hospital System in Jackson, Mississippi; COO at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama; and CEO of Riley Hospital in Meridian, Mississippi; among others. Prior to his career in healthcare, Tirman spent several years as a LEAN process improvement consultant. He also served as a system safety and reliability engineer and spent time as a stock broker.

"Western Plains is obviously a vital part of this community," said Tirman, "and I am really looking forward to joining this incredible team of individuals. We have a great foundation that we will only continue to build on — now and for many years to come — as we work to identify even more ways to improve the overall health and well-being of this community."

Tirman holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a proponent of community service and leadership. He has served on the board of directors for Mercy College, which has campuses in Toledo and Youngstown, as well as for the Toledo chapters of the American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

Western Plains Medical Complex is a Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited 99 bed hospital, providing Southwest Kansans with health services that include Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, a Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation. They have imaging and diagnostic radiology services including a 64-slice CT, GE Lunar Bone Densitometer, Ultrasound, Mammography, MRI, and Nuclear Medicine, 24-hr. Emergency Care, a state of the art Intensive Care Unit, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Level II Nursery, Nutrition Counseling, Occupational Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, a Sleep Disorders Center, Social Services, Women’s Services and ongoing community education. For more information about Western Plains Medical Complex visit their website at www.westernplainsmc.com.