SALEM - Anita Hackstedde, M.D., has been appointed interim president and CEO of Salem Community Hospital.
Steven Ruwoldt resigned as president and CEO, which the hospital's board of directors accepted effective Friday, according to a press release issued by the hospital. The board appointed Hackstedde effective immediately.
Board Chairman Derek Hiscox said, "Salem Community Hospital is looking forward to a number of exciting opportunities, including the launch of our new bed tower early in 2014.
"The hospital has a strong legacy of innovation and commitment to our patients; and we recently completed our strategic plan that will position the hospital for future growth.
"Our board of directors recognizes Dr. Hackstedde's valuable leadership role in carrying this vision forward."
"On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Steve Ruwoldt for his service to the hospital during the past year.
'I would also like to express the board's appreciation to Dr. Hackstedde and thank her for accepting this important role as our new chief executive officer.
"We have great confidence in her abilities and in those of all of our outstanding staff members and affiliated physicians."
The hospital said Hackstedde has held key leadership positions at the hospital since she joined the SCH staff as the vice president of medical affairs in November 2006.
She demonstrated valuable leadership abilities as the administrative head of the SCH professional corporation; along with overseeing the functions of the medical staff office, physician relations, quality improvement, infection control, risk management and laboratory services.
She recently led the hospital's initiative to successfully implement an electronic medical record, which is designed to improve patient safety and the management of patient information.
Hackstedde has received a number of awards throughout her medical and administrative career, after completing her medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.
She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics.
Hackstedde said, "It is an honor to be selected for this leadership role at such an exciting milestone in the hospital's history.
"We will be celebrating our 100-year anniversary in September, along with opening our new bed tower in January of 2014, which will offer 87 private rooms to meet our patients' needs.
"My professional objective at SCH has been to collaborate with our physicians and professional staff to deliver excellent health care to the people in the communities we serve, with quality care as our cornerstone.
"It has been my privilege to work closely with our dedicated staff and highly-skilled physicians as the vice president of medical affairs.
"I am proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to working with the hospital team, medical staff, board and community, as we continue to provide high-quality, compassionate care, that is enhanced with innovation and advanced technology."
Hiscox said, "In addition to Dr. Hackstedde, the hospital's executive leadership will remain the same and consists of Michael Giangardella, vice president of finance; Barbara Hirst, vice president of nursing and human resources; LuAnn Haddad, vice president of institutional advancement; and Debbie Pietrzak, vice president of marketing/planning.