Clarinda, IA | (December 19, 2017): At the CRHC Board of Trustees December meeting that was held on Monday, December 18th, 2017, a majority vote was taken to release Christopher Stipe. Mr. Stipe has served more than nine years as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at CRHC. The CEO is accountable to, and serves at the direction of, the publicly elected Board of Trustees, although he is employed by and provides services through a contract with Bryan Health System.
Trustee Ron Richardson stated, “Circumstances beyond Mr. Stipe’s control led the Board to conclude that he would not be able to forge an effective working relationship with the newly reconstituted Board in the near-term future.”
Mr. Stipe leaves behind a long list of achievements. He helped to galvanize the Board, Medical Staff and Community to support the planning and execution of a $28M replacement facility that opened January of 2012. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. During his tenure, CRHC has consistently outperformed its financial plan and budget as passed by Hospital Board of Trustees. The organization has successfully recruited more than 15 physicians, PA’s and ARNP’s with excellent retention. Mr. Stipe was instrumental in developing a world-class orthopedic total joint replacement program through a partnership with Miller Orthopedics in Council Bluffs. He successfully recruited and has retained a regional helicopter base on the hospital campus. Mr. Stipe also spearheaded the retail 340B program resulting in nearly $1M in annual revenue.
Mr. Stipe stated, “I could not be more proud of the facility, services and quality we have built for the community over the last nine years. I am so appreciative of the employees, Medical Staff, Board and others I have had the privilege to work with. I am also thankful that so many patients and families have trusted us with their health over the years.”
In 2015, Mr. Stipe helped the Board seamlessly transition the hospital’s affiliation from Mercy Medical Center to Bryan Health System. More recently, in 2017, CRHC achieved its highest levels of patient satisfaction in the facility’s history reaching the top 10% in the country or better for Clinic, ER and Inpatient Surveys. Clinical and information technology advanced greatly during Mr. Stipe’s tenure with investments in a broad and deep electronic medical record (EMR) capability, the transition from mobile to on-site MRI services and the recent addition of 3D mammography. Also, the hospital added tele-medicine capability to the organization and offers access to a number of virtual specialty physician visits.
Finally, Mr. Stipe has a passion for pediatrics which brought the recruitment of a pediatrician and pediatric focused nurse practitioner to CRHC during his years of service. “Playing a part in supporting the care of our smallest patients has been a privilege,” Stipe commented. Mr. Stipe’s tenure will end effective December 31st, 2017.