LAKE CITY — Stewart Memorial Community Hospital CEO Cindy Carstens has planned to retire on Dec. 31 after 15 years at the hospital.
SMCH Chairman Scott Nesbitt appreciates her contribution.
“I am confident that the rest of the board, management and staff will also appreciate Cindy’s contribution to the Stewart Memorial.” He said. “She has demonstrated outstanding leadership and has proven essential in guiding the hospital through challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to grow in construction projects and more.”
Nesbitt added: “She has maintained a calm and confident demeanor over every hurdle she has faced. We will miss Cindy very much, but we wish her a meaningful retirement.” I have.”
Carstens began working at SMCH in 2008 as Chief Nursing Officer. She transitioned to her CEO role in her 2016. During her tenure as CEO, she played a key role in the recruitment of healthcare providers, recruiting multiple physicians and advanced practitioners to her primary care and specialty services in the area. She has also overseen multiple renovation and building projects, including her current $31 million building project, which she plans to complete in September.
In preparation for Carstens’ retirement, the SMCH CEO position will be open to the public on July 10th. Over the next few months, UnityPoint Health – Fort Dodge leadership will work with his SMCH Board of Directors to identify the organization’s next CEO.