Leonard Hernandez Named CEO
Leonard Hernandez was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coffey Health System on Monday, August 24. Hernandez is currently the CEO at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, and brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. He begins work on September 21.
The board of trustees voted to accept the selection committee’s recommendation during a special meeting on Monday evening.
“We are excited to bring someone of Leonard’s caliber to guide us to a bright future,” said Steve Hopkins, CHS board chairman. “It was tremendously important to us that we find a candidate from Kansas who is as dedicated as we are to seeing Coffey Health System thrive.”
Prior to his three-year tenure at Sumner Regional Medical Center, Hernandez served as CEO of Morton County Health System for nine years and Holton Community Hospital for five years. His entire career has been spent in Kansas.
“Rural healthcare is constantly changing and I truly love the chance to grow and change with it. I have been doing this for over 20 years and I have never shied away from any challenge,” Hernandez said. “Coffey Health System is everything I had hoped to find in our new opportunity. The diversity of services and options for the future are only limited by our own creativity in a constant search for generating new revenue.”
Hernandez was raised in Lakin, Kansas, and attended East Texas State University and Emporia State University. He then completed radiology certification at St. Catherine School of Radiologic Technology. He also completed a 480-hour long-term care practicum, and earned his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration.
He and his wife, Joni, have a son who is a first-year law student at Washburn University.
Hernandez’s hiring ends a search process that began with the resignation of former CEO Randy Lindauer. Tom Laux, Indiana, has served as interim CEO since March 31.
“The task of selecting the right person to lead us forward was put to a committee comprised of executive leadership and board members. We owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for their effort to secure the best possible leadership for Coffey Health System,” Hopkins said. “I also want to thank our interim CEO, Tom Laux, for his service in leading CHS.”
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